On 22nd June, Year Five students from Stonelow Junior School, Derbyshire visited the History department at the University of Nottingham and the University’s Digital Humanities Centre. The students spent time with Centre for Hidden Histories Community Liaison Officer, Mike Noble, who used artefacts from the World War One era, such as British army caps, former artillery shells, spoons used in the trenches and medals awarded to British and German soldiers in order to tell students about the history of the First World War. This was from the perspective of the men who served in the trenches and the women who worked in armaments factories on the Home Front.
The students then had the opportunity to work with Matt Davies (DHC Manager) and DHC Arts faculty student volunteers Sanchari Banerjee and Athanasia Panopoulou in the Digital Humanities Centre. Students were shown how to scan objects, including photographs and documents that they had brought from home in relation to the First World War. Students were then given the opportunity to use green screen technology in order to superimpose themselves in a First World War era Dronfield scene of their choice. This complemented the students current school project about Dronfield and its relationship to the 1914-1918 conflict.
Text: Mike Noble & Larissa Allwork