German Exchange Visit to the University of Leeds as part of the ‘In the Wrong Place, At the Wrong Time’ Project

This week as part of the Centre for Hidden Histories sponsored ‘In the Wrong Place, At the Wrong Time’ project, the University of Leeds will be hosting  11 pupils  and teachers from the Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens-Gymnasium, a secondary school in Spandau, Berlin (27 February – 3 March 2017).  Alongside the school pupils and teachers, Dr Claudia Sternberg (University of Leeds) will be joined by Dr Eva Göbel (Humboldt University), representatives of Spandau City Council as well as members of the Spandau Youth History Workshop. The German exchange group will be exploring the history of World War One era  internment of German and Austrian civilians and officers at Wakefield’s Lofthouse Park Camp and the internment of British civilians at the Ruhleben Camp in Germany. Scheduled activities include Professor Matthew Stibbe’s introduction to the University of Leeds’s Liddle Collection (a treasure trove of First World War personal papers); a guided walk around the former site of Lofthouse Park Camp by local historian, David Stowe as well as a special lecture by Professor Panikos Panayi (Leicester DeMontfort University) on ‘The Global War against the German ‘Enemy Alien’: Internment in the British Empire, 1914-1920’.

This Centre for Hidden Histories international collaboration is set to continue further into 2017-2018.  It is planned that a First World War exhibition at Spandau City Museum will contain Ruhleben material from the Liddle Collection.  This exhibition will be co-curated by the ‘In the Wrong Place, At the Wrong Time’ team  and Spandau’s Youth History Workshop.  The exhibition  is scheduled to open in Spring 2018.
To read the full itinerary of this week’s events, please click on this link: University of Leeds Exchange Programme

In Flux – First Public Performance

The Centre for Hidden Histories and Excavate Community Theatre are proud to present In Flux, a performance piece that examines the history of borders in the Middle East and the implications of their continuing collapse on those who live in the region and those who are fleeing from the wars that have been unleashed there.

In Flux interweaves three monologues – the history of the secretive Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 which led to the creation of Iraq and was a key influence on the current map of the Middle East; the story of a woman whose sisters all live in Kurdistan and yet find themselves in four different countries; and a young man’s account of how he escaped the war in Syria to travel, via the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean ocean, to Nottingham.

The first public performance will take place at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday 8th April at 8pm. The event is free but booking is essential.

With projections, live music and performers from England, Bakur, Syria and Iran this should be a provocative and enlightening evening.

There will be a collection after the performance for the Red Cross Tuesday Night Group who provide free English classes and activities to those who have just arrived in the city.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Nottingham Playhouse website

Untold Stories – Nottingham Women and WW1

Untold Stories – Nottingham Women and WW1

Nottingham Women’s History Group and the Centre for Hidden Histories present

Untold Stories – Nottingham Women and WW1



Saturday 1st of April 2017
2pm to 4pm
Nottinghamshire Deaf Society, 22 Forest Road West
NG7 4EQ (Nearest tram stop Nottingham High School)

Speakers include:

  • Rosemary Collins, Marion Caunt, Pauline Woodhouse on Radcliffe-on-Trent Women and World War One
  • Samraghni Bonnerjee: Nursing Stories from WWI

There will be a small exhibition and bookstall.


This seminar is free and has been supported by the Hidden Histories of WW1 project — University of Nottingham

For further details look at our website:

Or contact Val Wood on 0115 9624646

Impact: Reflecting on the Exhibition ‘Honouring Indian Victoria Cross Soldiers in World War One’: A Conversation with Kiran Sahota

Kiran Sahota at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (7 December 2016)

In December 2016, I was fortunate to be able to interview Kiran Sahota, Director of the Community Interest Company, Believe in Me about her role in creating the ‘Honoring Indian VC Soldiers in World War One’ exhibition which was displayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (12 November 2016 – 28 January 2017). Working with advice from Mike Noble, Community Liaison Officer at the Centre for Hidden Histories and Dr Nicola Gauld from the AHRC First World War Engagement Centre, Voices of War and Peace, Kiran created a display which in the words of the exhibition catalogue sought to increase, “public awareness of South Asian soldiers of the British Indian Army who won the Victoria Cross in World War One.” Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund, collaborative partners working with Kiran included the National Army Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the British National Library, Brighton Pavilion Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  Enthusing about the experience, Kiran commented,  “I’ve never felt more empowered, I’ve never felt more inspired. And now I really get the gist of all the hard work that goes on behind an exhibition. The reception, the reviews…I was so overwhelmed.”

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Impact: CHH Drama and Performance Update, ‘In Flux’ and the ‘1919 Race Riots’

This month the Centre for Hidden Histories has had updates from two of its commissioned performance projects.  The first, In Flux which is described by its producers Excavate as “A performance lecture about borders and the Middle East for three storytellers and a musician” was previewed at City Arts, Nottingham on 25th January 2016.  The play interweaves three stories, the history of the Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916) and its geo-political consequences, the story of a young Kurdish woman and the contrasting lives of her three sisters, and the journey of a young man escaping the war in Syria for a new life in the UK. In Flux features performances by Sarah Altan, Sherry Fatemi, Adel Hamad and Excavate Artistic Director, Andy Barrett. Compelling and timely, the Centre for Hidden Histories looks forward to In Flux being performed in other theatres and arts venues across the UK.  If you are interested, please contact:

This month has also seen the completion of Dr Caroline Bressey, Professor David Killingray, Dr Jacqueline Jenkinson and Reel MCR’s drama documentary about Britain’s first race riots that occurred across the country from 1919 and continued for over eighteen months.  The film is focused not only on the history of the riots but also on the process of how to create dramatic material from such controversial historical events.  As part of understanding this process, the film features the expertise of Tony Coldwell, Director of Photography on the TV series, Mr Selfridge, Foyle’s War and Wolfblood.

You can watch the 1919 Race Riots Workshop film below.