Richard van Emden

Richard van Emden & Andrea Hetherington: The First World War – The Families Left Behind

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07/06/2014 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Andrea Hetherington

Andrea Hetherington

We will no doubt hear a great deal about the experience of the soldiers on the front line in this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War. But what about the families back at home? Bestselling author Richard van Emden (The Quick and The Dead, Tommy’s Ark, Meeting the Enemy) will talk about those left behind – wives, parents and children – and how the First World War changed their lives, and those of their descendants, for ever. Local historian and researcher Andrea Hetherington will bring a Leeds perspective to the story, presenting readings from original documents which illustrate the experiences of families close to home.


This event will be followed by the British Future panel event looking at WW1 and its relevance to today.

british futureThe panel will debate and discuss with you “What’s a centenary good for? Can the Centenary of the First World War bring us together?

The British Future panel comprises;

Matthew Rhodes, Director of Strategy at the independent identity and integration think tank British Future. He previously served as an adviser to a senior minister in the last Government and is a qualified lawyer.

Jahan Mahmood, a former university lecturer who taught at the University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2009. His specialism is the British Indian Army, Muslim contribution 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.

Andrea Hetherington, community historian and independent researcher. She has a wealth of knowledge about the First World War and its impact on Leeds.

Professor Alison Fell, Legacies of War Project Leader and Professor of French Cultural History at the University of Leeds. She is currently researching a monograph entitled Back to the Front: Women as Veterans in France and Britain, 1916-1933 and she is Principle Investigator on two AHRC-funded projects: ‘Discovering First World War and ‘Leeds Stories of the Great War’