‘Forward 100: Birmingham At War’ is a joint project between BBC Birmingham and the University of Birmingham, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The project will engage with different organisations, communities and individuals across Birmingham and parts of the West Midlands as part of BBC Birmingham’s wider season of events marking the First World War centenary.

Three individual projects are running under this heading: Mapping Birmingham; The “Southern” Cross 2014; and Creating Casts. Each element invites original contributions from Birmingham and West Midlands residents and work produced will be displayed in a final summer-long public exhibition based at BBC Birmingham’s Public Space in the Mailbox.

The project as a whole aims to encourage visitors to the exhibit to reflect on changes and developments since the First World War (particularly in terms of medical advancements and changes to the city and urban living) as well as to educate them in what the experience of the war was for those at a remove from the front line – on the Home Front or convalescing in military hospitals.

If you are interested in being involved, or would like further information about any of the projects above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: forward100birmingham@gmail.com

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