The Home Front (1914-1918) and its Legacies: a Pilot study for a national public archaeology recording project of First World War Legacies in Britain: 2014-2018


People involved in this project

Principal investigator:


School Arts
Department Archaeology and Anthropology
Dates Mid July 2012 – Mid April 2013
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Funder English Heritage
Contact person Emily Glass

More about this project

The Home Front (1914-1918) and its Legacies project will serve as a small-scale but intensely focused nine-month Pilot for a national public archaeology project to research and record traces of the First World War in Britain, to coincide with the centenary of that conflict between 2014 and 2018.

The Lower Lea Valley and Staffordshire are the two areas that have been chosen for this nine month Pilot study. The project will involve a series of site visits across two study areas and to relevant national and local archives and HERs. It is planned that the co-ordination and use of volunteers will be tested during this Pilot stage for systematic identification, recording and data inputting of sites in their localities. The results of this study will be reported and a field guide/handbook produced, documenting a streamlined methodology developed during the Pilot. This information will form the basis for a Heritage Lottery Fund application and lay the groundwork for expanding the scope of this project to a national level.