University of Worcester lecturer selected to take part in major BBC project

A University of Worcester lecturer has been named as one of the expert researchers selected to participate in the BBC’s ambitious ‘World War One at Home’ project.

Professor Maggie Andrews, a cultural historian, is one of two project advisors for the West Midlands region, and will help the broadcaster develop 100 local stories relating to World War One for the centenary commemorations which begin next year – a century on from when the conflict began.

Each region of the UK will have its own 100 stories – 1400 in total – all to be broadcast on local television or radio, delivering unknown facts, exploring local contributions and conveying how regions were changed during the four yours between 1914 and 1918.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council will fund the researchers to work alongside BBC journalists to source the stories over the next four months.

Professor Andrews explains: “I will be working alongside Professor Karen Hunt, of the University of Keele, as an advisor for the West Midlands region.

“We will be providing wider historical academic context for the stories that the journalists are working on, as well as checking the accuracy of stories, and suggesting potential angles and stories based on our knowledge of local archives.

“Professor Hunt and I share an interest in World War One and the Home Front – I am currently planning the Women’s History Network National Conference, which we be on the subject of the Home Front and held at the University of Worcester next year, as well as editing a book entitled The Home Front in Britain: Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences.”

The BBC’s World War One season – one of the biggest and most ambitious projects the corporation has ever undertaken – will begin in early 2014 with ‘Britain’s Great War’, hosted by Jeremy Paxman.

Subsequent broadcasts will cover areas such as women’s involvement in the war, conflict at sea, in the air and at home, technological advances, politics and wartime sport.