Voices of War and Peace

Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

The University of Birmingham Centre is a joint initiative across the Midlands with Birmingham City University, Newman University, the University of Wolverhampton and theUniversity of Worcester, and further afield with the University of Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan University and Cardiff University.

The Engagement Centre is based in the Library of Birmingham and will support a wide range of community engagement activities, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary which begins this year.

The Centre covers a broad range of relevant research knowledge that will enable it to respond to diverse community interests. This research knowledge ranges from the history of Birmingham, the Black Country and urban and rural Worcestershire to the impact of air power, from the experiences of Belgian refugees to trench warfare, from Quakers and humanitarian relief to battlefield archaeology, and from caring for the casualties of war to the involvement of colonial troops and labour.

Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy offers research support and guidance for community groups around the First World War in general and in particular around the following themes:

  • Belief and the Great War
  • Childhood
  • Cities at War
  • Commemoration
  • Gender and the Home Front

Professor Ian Grosvenor from the School of Education is the Principal Investigator of the centre and Dr Nicola Gauld is the centre Co-ordinator. Dr Kevin Myers and PhD student Izzy Mohammed are part of the research network within the Centre.

To find out more about this centre, please visit the Voices of War and Peace website

Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDvHowPcSSJUD4WShtypGkg to view the latest videos 

Selected video content

Arts and Humanities Research Council



Principal Investigators

Professor Ian Grosvenor
Dr Nicola Gauld


Whose War? Whose Memory? Teaching The First World War in International Perspective, 19 November 2015 

Nicola Gauld talks to Bob Hall from Big Centre TV about the centre.

Professor Ian Grosvenor explores the Black community's contribution to the Great War (31st January 2015).