Blog: RHS lecture by Dr Adrian Gregory

On Wednesday 26 October 2016, 17:30 – 19:00, Dr Adrian Gregory gave a lecture to the Royal Historical Society, in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds.

Globalizing and Localizing the Great War: A tale of four cities

Rejecting the traditional focus on national histories, this lecture tells the story of the First World War in terms of interconnected global histories, explored through a series of towns and cities. Oxford in the UK, Halifax in Nova Scotia, Jerusalem in Palestine and Verdun in Eastern France illustrate how the world and the war interacted in flows of materials, people, ideas and images.




Oxford at War 1914-1918 family history roadshow

Do you have a family story or local history about the First World War? Bring your WW1 stories, photos, documents, letters, postcards, clothes, medals, and other objects to the Oxford at War 1914-1918 Roadshow on 12th November 11-4pm at IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN.

For more information see

What to expect on the day?
You’ve seen Antiques Roadshow – well, this is the same without the valuation. Our experts will talk to you about your stories and what you have brought in. They’ll record the details, and then our digitisers will photograph your items so we can upload them to the website Please just turn up on the day, there may be queues but also exhibitions and films to divert you. If you would like to make an appointment (optional) please ring: 01865 283686 or email

What if you can’t join us?
Do tell your friends! And you can upload your stories and photos to the website

Why is the University of Oxford doing this?
We want to preserve the memory of the First World War and those who lived then. By recording stories and material in digital form, they can be made available online to students, researchers, school children and anyone interested in the history of the War and the stories about the people who lived then. See more in this short video, where Dr Stuart Lee talks about why we are doing this

Download poster: oaw-roadshow-poster

GLGW event: From Aotearoa to Oxford: Commemorating the New Zealand soldiers buried at Botley Cemetery

Saturday 8th October 2016
1.45 – 4.30pm

A FREE event, to which everyone is welcome

From: 1:45 – 2:45pm
Botley Cemetery, Oxford OX2 0LX
A commemoration of New Zealand soldiers and their role in the First World War
In the presence of the New Zealand High Commissioner
His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Lockwood Smith KNZM
Accompanied by, Brigadier Evan Williams, NZ Defence Advisor,
New Zealand Defence Force

Followed by, from: 2:45 – 4:30pm
Botley WI Hall, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford OX2 0LT
(Opposite the cemetery entrance)
Refreshments, an exhibition and short talks on how and why New Zealanders came to be buried at Botley

Download flyer here: aotearoaflyer210916
Download programme for the day here: fullcolourprogramme

Supported by:
Funding from the Commonwealth Graves Commission‘s Living Memory project, which remembers the “forgotten front” – the 300,000 war graves and commemorations right here in the UK
The Faculty of History, University of Oxford
University of Oxford Botanic Garden
TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
66 Men of Grandpont
Botley Women’s Institute
Big Ideas Company


Oxford Images of War project, Oxford Castle Quarter

Volunteers are being invited to explore the lives of young people in the city and county through photographic and written records from between 1914 – 1918 as part of the ‘Oxford Images of World War One’ project.

Volunteers aged 16-25 will have the opportunity to research the stories of soldiers, nurses, academics, students, priests and even conscientious objectors, all with professional support.

The outcome will be a high profile outdoor photography exhibition at Oxford Castle Quarter next summer and online resources developed in partnership with the University of Oxford.

Places are free but limited. If you would like to be involved in this project, please contact:
Ameneh Enayat:

Further information here.

Press release

WW1 Wiki-edit-a-thon, IT Services, 10 November 2015

On Tuesday 10th November 2015 the University of Oxford IT Services are hosting a Wikipedia Editathon on the theme of World War I and Oxford.

Time: Tuesday 10 November, 2-5pm
Location: IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN

The focus of the session will be on editing and improving existing Wikipedia articles and adding images. The theme is WW1 with a particular focus on Oxford so subject expertise is useful (though not necessary – an interest in the topic and in learning about Wikipedia is a good starting point). No previous experience of wiki editing is necessary. The aim is to improve or create Wikipedia articles on World War I topics and highlight the role of Oxford as both a city and a university, in this historical conflict.

Training will be led by Martin Poulter, the Bodleian Libraries’ Wikimedian In Residence. Expert knowledge about the War or previous Wiki editing experience is NOT necessary, though subject experts and experienced editors are also welcome.

This is a free event, run as part of the University’s centenary activities. Non-University members are welcome.

For more information, see here. To book a place please visit: (University members) or email (non-University members).

Jesus College graduate scholarship, linked with GLGW

Jesus College, Oxford Graduate Scholarship, generously funded by members of Jesus College History alumni.

This scholarship is linked to the TORCH network Globalising and Localising the Great War (GLGW) project, History Faculty, University of Oxford, for research on the First World War.

We wish to encourage applications for proposed doctoral theses to be based in the History Faculty that relate to the main project areas of GLGW:

• The Global-Imperial Dimension
• The Economics of War and Peace
• Global War and World Religions
• Military Law and Military-Civil Relations
• Global Cultural Representations of Conflict

When making the application it would be helpful to use the phrase ‘This proposed topic would fit with the Globalising and Localising the Great War Programme’ in the thesis proposal and to mention a member of the Programme as a prospective supervisor. We would wish particularly to encourage transnational and comparative projects, and would also welcome interdisciplinary projects.

Eligibility – Home/EU applicants
Value – Jesus College funds University and college fee, and full living expenses
Duration – up to four years (depending on period of fee liability)
Application – via University application form for graduate study by the January 2016 application deadline

For more information on Jesus College, see here.
For more information on the History Faculty, see here.
To apply, see the University of Oxford Application Guide here.

We hope to be able to contact successful candidates by 1 May 2016.

Experts and volunteers needed for WW1 reminiscence event at Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, Saturday 26 September

Saturday 26 September, 1-4pm: Remembering the Great War

A reminiscence day inviting the public to share family memories, papers and objects from World War One.

Description: Do you have memorabilia from World War One? Bring your World War One letters, photographs, diaries, objects, and diaries to the Museum of the History of Science on Saturday 26 September to share your ancestors’ memorabilia and memories of the war. We want to save this material and share it on the internet so everyone has a better understand of what the war meant to ordinary people especially those in Oxfordshire.

Bring your objects to the Museum of the History of Science on Saturday 26 September. We will photograph and scan your pictures, objects and documents and put them online on Oxford at War and Europeana 1914-1918.