Refocusing Perspectives - Then and Now Photography of the First World War Project Workshop,

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The ‘Refocusing Perspectives’ group gathered at the Institute of Historical Research (London) on Thursday 31st August, for a second project workshop. A packed itinerary began with a fantastic and inspiring talk by Mike Sheil, the battlefield photographer behind the work ‘Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace’. A labour of love initiated in 2005, Mike has assembled a visually arresting collection of images. Since 2014, a selection of these have formed the basis of an outdoor photographic exhibition, which has toured across locations within Europe and America. To date, it has been seen by over eight million people, click here to view.

The group then learned about the work and activities of the ‘Living Legacies’ Engagement Centre from Professor Keith Lilley (Queens University Belfast). His presentation incorporated an imaginative example of utilizing digitized historic maps, to create a form of ‘Then and Now’ comparison.

Each volunteer then gave a ten minute presentation on their respective research projects, which they had worked on over the summer. It was testament to the quality of these talks that our programme itinerary went awry, on the back of so much interest and discussion generated. Furthermore it granted an opportunity to see how the ‘Then and Now’ mantra had been adopted by each of our participants, in differing and innovative ways. We were especially grateful to Dr Shanti Sumartojo (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and Helen Mavin (Imperial War Museums) for their feedback and input towards proceedings.
Period31 Aug 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational