Impact: Access the ‘Beyond the Western Front’ Exhibition Catalogue Here!

Dr Tudor Georgescu (Oxford Brookes University) and Stephen Baker (The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum)


The Glass Tank at Oxford Brookes recently hosted the exhibition, ‘Beyond the Western Front: Oxfordshire in World War One’ (18 November – 16 December 2016). Re-live the display by viewing the exhibition catalogue here.

I hope you’ve got some 3D specs!

Link to the exhibition catalogue: beyond-the-western-front-exhibition-catalogue

Impact: Centre for Hidden Histories at NCCPE Engage Conference 2016


In November, I was fortunate to attend the NCCPE Engage conference (29 – 30 November 2016) at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel.  Sessions included ‘Raising the Bar’ which saw Associate Professor Paul Manners (UWE and Director of the National Centre for Public Engagement) and Sophie Duncan (Deputy Director of the National Centre for Public Engagement) award the first ever Engage Gold Watermark Accreditation to the Centre for Public Engagement at Queen Mary, University of London. Community Liaison Officer, Mike Noble and myself also participated in a highly relevant workshop on the lessons learned from Connected Communities projects, which was led by Katherine Dunleavy (University of Bristol).  Other sessions that I participated in included a session on ‘Public Engagement as Method in the Arts and Humanities’ as well as talks on academic and museum partnerships led by Carolyn Sargentson (University of Sussex) and museum representatives of The University of Oxford. Read more

Impact: The Centre for Hidden Histories and the Digital Humanities – Taking a Closer Look at the COREL Project


Dr Nick Baron (History, University of Nottingham), Dr Sarah Badcock (History, University of Nottingham) and Dr Erin Snyder (Digital Research Manager, University of Nottingham) have been working with Life Lines community group and heritage consultants Culture Syndicates on the realization of the COREL project (Curating Online Resources for Engagement and Learning). This project is being funded by the Centre for Hidden Histories, the Higher Education Innovation Fund and the University of Nottingham.

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Impact: Memorial to Belgium Refugees in Northwich, Cheshire

The memorial headstone

On 28th November 2016, the Centre for Hidden Histories was very pleased to support the blessing of a headstone dedicated to the memory of two First World War Belgian refugees, Frans Buyssens and Henri Burghys. Dr Hannah Ewence (University of Chester) has been leading a Centre for Hidden Histories community research project on Belgian refugees who came to Cheshire during the 1914-1918 conflict. Approximately, 250,000 Belgians came to Britain during the First World War, of which approximately 250 resided in Cheshire.

November’s ceremony was the result of research conducted by community historian Alan Lowe (Northwich and District Heritage Society). Lowe discovered that Buyssens and Burghys were the only two deaths in Mid Cheshire. Buyssens, died of Peritonitis aged around ten in February 1915 and Henri Joseph Burghys, also aged around ten, died following surgery at the Victoria infirmary (June 1915).  Local chemical industrialist and political liberal, Sir John Brunner paid for the boys funerals in 1915. However, until November of this year, their graves have gone unmarked. Following an approach by Lowe, Tata Chemicals Europe who brought the Brunner Mond Company in 2005, kindly agreed to honour Sir John Brunner’s legacy by paying for the headstone.

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Impact: Centre for Hidden Histories Exhibition, ‘Beyond the Western Front: Oxfordshire in the First World War’

Dr Tudor Georgescu installing exhibition.
Dr Tudor Georgescu and Simon Wilson installing the exhibition (photograph by Tom Killick).

Dr Tudor Georgescu’s Centre for Hidden Histories exhibition, ‘Beyond the Western Front: Oxfordshire in the First World War’ is currently being displayed at The Glass Tank, Oxford Brooks (18 November – 16 December 2016). This exhibition is an exploration of the First World War involvement of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry battalion and the Queens Own Oxfordshire in military actions in Ireland, Italy, the Balkans, the Middle East and Russia. Coalescing with the participatory ethos of the AHRC First World War Engagement Centres, the exhibition is the result of research conducted by fourteen local people, museum volunteers and Oxford Brookes students.  These project participants are: Jeff Clements, Jane Cotter, Louisa Fagan, Jim Grundy, Peter Johnston, Shelia King, Mark McKay, Jean Mills, Kevin Northover, Paul Otter, John Sheldon, Kathleen Tunnicliffe, Steve Warner and Janet Witcomb.

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