There are a number of initiatives in Oxford, within the University and outside, currently being planned for the forthcoming centenary of the First World War. The aim of this meeting is to bring people together to see how this might be co-ordinated as an overall programme. The meeting has been set up by the Bodleian Libraries and University of Oxford IT Services, who are both involved in large centenary projects. This includes the Bodleian exhibition, World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings and Europeana 1914-1918 (funded by the JISC WW1 Commemorations Programme and EuropeanaEU).
The main purpose of this meeting will be to:
– Bring together those who are in the initial stages of planning commemoration activities or events for the anniversary to share information and ideas.
– Explore possible areas for collaboration.
– Discuss how we can move forward to enable a central response to the anniversary.
– Consider possibilities for outreach and public engagement.
The meeting will be opened by Professor Hew Strachan with short presentations on the UK Government plans by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the digital landscape from Kate Lindsay (IT Services), Bodleian exhibition from Mike Webb (Bodleian Libraries) and community outreach from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact Kate Lindsay at IT Services, University of Oxford.