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Remembering the
First World War

Conflict and peace from 1914

The University of Salford Conflict and Peace Project is a four year rolling programme of events, engaging with the questions raised by issues of conflict and peace from 1914 to the present day. The project brings a variety of perspectives into focus over the months, considering the diverse ways our University Academic and Professional Services engage with these issues in research, teaching and in our concern for the wellbeing of all in our University community and beyond.

Conferences, exhibitions and events range from exploring our work in prosthetics and wound care to creative responses from visual arts, creative writing and drama students; from solemn commemorations of what has been lost to celebrating the hope and creativity which arises from great adversity, and the promotion of peace.

You can find details of the events taking place below. Future ideas and contributions to the programme are welcome, so please do check back over the coming months.

If you’d like more information, have ideas or would like get involved, please contact

Date Event School/Department Contact
14 March 2014

Nerves of an Army: The Communications Experiences of the British and German Armies, August-December 1914at the conference Armies in 1914

At King's College London (KCL) on 14 March 2014, organised jointly by KCL, the National Army Museum and the British Commission for Military History (BCMH).

Keynote address given by Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of Oxford).

Conference information

Contemporary Military History Brian Hall, Lecturer in Contemporary Military History
7 February - 29 June 2014

Testaments of Youth, part of the Aftermath-100 years of creativity from conflict, at John Rylands Library.

A creative response, producing new artworks from six BA (Hons) Visual Arts students - Paul Carling, Gemma Dunn, Barbara Foulkes, Angie Nicholls, Suzanne Smith and Adreece Suleman – under Jill Randall, Lecturer in Visual Arts.

The students worked with the Thomas Tout Archive to create this exhibition, studying letters written to their Professor from Manchester University students serving in the trenches in the First World War.

School of Arts and Media Jill Randall, Lecturer in Visual Arts
30 May 2014

From Total War to Total Trivialization? The Media, Museums and the First World War Anniversaries

This one day conference brings historians and other academics together with media specialists to reflect critically on how each profession views the role of the coming four years of media explanation of this major global event.

The conference, which takes place on 30 May 2014, has been organised by Dr Alaric Searle, Reader in Military History, and Dr Carole O’Reilly, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies. It is supported by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and Professor Martin Hall will be opening proceedings by welcoming delegates to the event.

To secure your place, email Adam Dighton at

Conference information

Contemporary Military History Alaric Searle, Reader in Military History
11.00am, 5 June 2014

Poppy Planting

The multi faith chaplaincy team will be planting poppy seeds outside University House as part of the British Legion’s poppy campaign.

Contact more information

Chaplaincy/Faith Revd Kim Wasey, Sr Teresa Wild
21-22 July 2014

University of Salford Annual International Wounds Conference 2014

This conference will include:

  • Wound care histories drama: BA students from creative arts and media to write, direct and perform
  • A workshop on Wounds from the Battlefield

Conference information page, or contact

School of Health and Society Celia Hynes
2 August 2014

Honour at MediaCityUK Piazza, Salford Quays

A 500 strong choir will perform a newly commissioned piece as part of the WW1 centenary commemorations. Volunteer singers are invited to participate. See

Honour Choir
22 September 2014

International Day of Peace

Led by Salford Staff Women’s Action Network (SSWAN), this will be an opportunity for the whole University Community to mark the International Day of Peace. Staff and students will be invited to make origami peace doves. Details including instructions will be published nearer the time through staff and student communications.

Student Life Rachel Challinor/SSWAN
27 September - 23 November 2014

Asia Triennial Manchester Festival 2014

The only Asian Art Triennial outside Asia, Asia Triennial Manchester 2014 is a festival of visual culture that will feature a series of powerful exhibitions, commissions and creative interventions by international and UK artists.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Conflict and Compassion’; featuring as the largest part of the Triennial is a major exhibition entitled’ Harmonious Society’, curated by the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art over six venues including The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, John Rylands Library, Manchester Cathedral and UHC Studios.

Contact more information

Office of Advancement Lindsay Ann Taylor, Arts Curator
13 October - 17 October 2014

Week of Prayer for World Peace

The University of Salford multi-faith chaplaincy team are encouraging students and colleagues to share in the Week of Prayer for World Peace.

Boards are available in the foyers of Allerton, Adelphi, Media City, Maxwell, University House and the Library from Monday until 12noon Thursday. You are invited to leave a prayer, word, comment or wish, on one of these boards, as a sign we are united in our hope and longing for Peace across the world.

None of us can have been untouched by the events of recent weeks and days, and we are all too aware of the suffering and pain which violence in many forms is causing to innocent individuals, families and communities in so many places.

This week is an opportunity for us to come together; celebrating our common humanity, our solidarity with all who suffer, and our desire and commitment to do all we can to build peace and seek the common good.

The week will conclude with a Prayer Vigil for Peace on Friday 17th 12noon-12.30pm, held by the University Chaplains in the Faith Centre, University House.

The Chaplains will pray in silence during the vigil, with all the contributions offered across campus through the week gathered and projected in the faith room for quiet reflection. You are warmly invited to join the chaplains for any length of time, however short, during the Vigil period.

University Chaplaincy
11 November 2014

Armistice Day - Remembrance and Exhibition

11am - Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph outside The Old Fire Station

Throughout the day there will be an exhibition drawing on the personal experiences, possessions and reflections of staff and students on the theme of ‘Conflict and Peace’, curated and interpreted by Visual Arts students from the School of Arts and Media.

School of Arts and Media Sam Ingleson
3 December 2014

International Day of Disabled People

Details to be confirmed

Disability Staff Network Pauline Lamb
27 January 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day

Led by University’s Jewish faith advisor, Rabbi Arnold Saunders, and drawing on the work of Creative Practice students on Representing the Holocaust.

Contact arniesaunders@talktalk.netfor more information

Rabbi Arnold Saunders
February 2015

LGBT History Month

Details to be confirmed

Arron Pile
8 March 2015

International Women's Day

Details to be confirmed


The Great War on the Silver Screen

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Dr Brian Hall (Lecturer in Contemporary Military History), in conjunction with the Salford University Military History Society, will be showing a series of Great War feature films. The purpose of these matinées is threefold: first, to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the war; second, to allow students to observe the development of popular and historical interpretations of the war over time; and third, to provide students across the University with an informal inter-disciplinary forum in which to discuss issues raised in the films.

The films will be screened fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons (1pm) in the Student Activities Space (University House), followed by a discussion in the Union Bar. All students, regardless of subject specialism, are welcome.

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Wednesday 22 October
Paths of Glory (1957)
Wednesday 5 November
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Wednesday 19 November
Gallipoli (1981)
Wednesday 3 December
Beneath Hill 60 (2010)
Wednesday 17 December