Antrim and Down Branch Western Front Association
Antrim and Down BranchWestern Front Association   

Conference -14 November 2018 – War Stories: Community Perspectives from the Centenary.

The Linen Hall Library (LHL), the Antrim & Down branch of the Western Front Association and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) are holding a conference to share stories from the Great War discovered and researched by community groups, local projects or individuals over the centenary period (2014-2018). This will be held at the LHL, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB (9.30 to 13.00 – this may be extended depending on demand).


The conference aims to bring together diverse groups to share discoveries and perspectives on the Great War, communicate new scholarship on the conflict and add to our collective understanding on how the War affected people and communities across Ulster and Ireland.


The stories that could be featured could include a focus on the experience of soldiers at the front, how the War affected communities or individuals at home or how the centenary has affected modern perceptions of the Great War in Northern Ireland.


The conference is initially scheduled to run for a morning but may be extended depending on demand. It is hoped to get between six and eight groups or individuals to prepare short presentations of between 15-20 minutes each with the option of panel discussions and plenaries. The final shape of the event will depend on the number of stories or groups that want to share their work.


If you are interested in participating, contact Dr. Tom Thorpe, Co-Chair of the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association ( or Deborah Douglas at the LHL ( 

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