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University to Host Prestigious Women's History Network Conference

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The University of Worcester will welcome scholars from across the world this weekend, for a three-day conference to discuss the role of women on the Home Front.

Timed to coincide with the commemorations to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the prestigious Women’s History Network Annual Conference will explore practical and emotional survival on the Home Front during a range of wars and conflicts, including the American and English Civil Wars, the two world wars and the Vietnam War.

Around 200 experts, scholars and delegates from across the UK and around the world will attend the event - to be held at the University’s City Campus - including people working in archives, media and heritage organisations involved in activities to mark the commemoration of the First World War.

The conference aims to stimulate debate about Home Fronts across diverse historical periods and geographical areas, and will focus on issues such as families and domesticity, politics and organisations, working lives, culture and entertainment.

The conference has been organised by Professor Maggie Andrews, one of the country’s leading cultural historians, who has played a key role in the BBC’s World War One Centenary commemorations; and four post-graduate students from the University’s Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts.

Professor Andrews explains: “We are thrilled to be welcoming so many delegates from close to home and from as far afield as the USA, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa, for what will be a very informative and enlightening conference; the first of a number of events being organised by the University in relation to the WWI Centenary.

“The Home Front is obviously a very timely subject at the moment, and we are sure that the range of speakers - and the opportunity to visit the Infirmary Medical Museum and the WWI exhibition currently being displayed at The Hive - will make for a very interesting three days.

“We will also be awarding the Women’s History Network book prize at Friday evening’s reception along with - for the first time - the Community History Prize, sponsored by the History Press.”

Keynote speakers at the conference will include Professor Susan-Mary Grant, Professor of American History at the University of Newcastle; Professor Karen Hunt, Professor of Modern British History at the University of Keele; Dr Deborah Thom, of the University of Cambridge; and Dr Lisa Pine, Reader in History at South Bank University.