World War One documentary provides new insight

World War One documentary provides new insight

A new 30-minute documentary provides new insight and reveals untold stories of the First World War.

Presented by historian Dan Snow and produced by History Hit, Untold Stories of World War 1 looks at some of the pioneering research projects carried out by the five WW1 Engagement Centres over the past four years. The centres are funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Involving 26 universities and partner organisations - including the Heritage Lottery Fund and Imperial War Museum - the centres have helped hundreds of community groups to research public histories of the First World War as part of the centenary commemorations.

“Since 2014 we have been marking the centenary of the First World War, one of the biggest and most destructive wars in history. In Britain, today, it is primarily remembered for the appalling loss of life - the images of the blood and the stalemate have endured. But the First World War is actually so much bigger than that, there are so many untold stories. Now, with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council I have been able to travel right across the country and meet researchers who are telling those untold stories, particularly stories, not of the fighting front, but of the home front,” Snow explains.

The projects featured in the documentary include:

  • Research into the plays that were produced during the conflict
  • A look at the work of German photographer, Käthe Buchler, where she documented life in her hometown during the war
  • The use of large stately homes as hospitals
  • Excavation of Ballykinler military base

You can view the documentary below or on the AHRC YouTube channel.