30 January 2012: Dr Rachel Duffett has been selected as one of 12 UK researchers to take part in an AHRC/BBC collaborative workshop on the First World War

The twelve researchers selected to participate in an AHRC/BBC workshop on the First World War were announced today. The AHRC issued a call in December inviting expressions of interest from researchers interested in taking part in an event that will help inform and influence BBC thinking around the coverage of the centenary of the First World War in 2014.

It was the first AHRC call of its kind and a total of 73 expressions of interest were received with 12 researchers selected by the specially convened panel.

The researchers represent a broad range of subjects, including archaeology, literature and military, social and cultural history, as well as a mix of researchers at different levels of their careers.

Chair of the peer review panel, Professor Andrew Thompson of the University of Exeter, said: "The response of the arts and humanities research community to this call has been tremendous. It demonstrates the appetite that exists within that community for research to be disseminated to as wide an audience as possible but also the immense potential for fresh and creative ideas emanating from the latest research to feed through to our national broadcast media. We congratulate the 12 chosen researchers but also the many others who responded to the call and whose excellent applications made the panel’s final decision such a difficult one."

The other panellists were: Sophie Duncan (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement), Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Birmingham) and Roger Smither (Imperial War Museum).

The workshop will take place in London on the 20th February.


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