Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18 is a Lit & Phil collaboration with Northumbria University, Newcastle College and November Club to explore the intellectual, cultural and social life of Newcastle during the First World War, concentrating in and around the Lit & Phil. The research will be developed into a city centre trail beginning and ending at the Lit & Phil through the creation of an interactive eBook. This eBook will be promoted to community groups, schools and visitors as a historical and educational tool and creative project to help people explore the city and its historical buildings and areas of interest in relation to World War 1, as well as the Lit & Phil itself.
The project looks at a number of themes in relation to Newcastle life during the war including women and the war effort, wartime education, wartime reading, post-war reading, fashion and shopping, Lit & Phil debates, cultural events and venues, notable local people of the time and the face of central Newcastle and how the city has changed.
The eBook will be launched on 1 July 2016, marking the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme alongside installations and performances, by November Club, based on the research findings. Further updates on the project will appear as more and more information and material is uncovered.
If you would like to find out more about the project and opportunities for you to help, either as a researcher or in another capacity there is plenty of time. Please contact Ben Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the project. Ben usual day of work at the Lit & Phil is Wednesday so please feel free to drop in for a chat about the project or email at any time.