Recovering First World War Theatre
01 Mar

A nationwide community project researching war plays written and performed during the Great War.


Are you interested in the First World War?


Do you like learning about theatrical and cultural history?


Would you like to research long-lost plays?


Are you looking to develop new skills?


If so, then here is a chance to be part of an exciting research project run by Dr Helen Brooks, Gateways co-investigator and theatre historian.


Dr Brooks is looking for members of the public who would like to research theatre during the First World War. You can be based anywhere across the country, or indeed the world, as much of the work will be undertaken using online resources.


The project will examine long-lost war plays written between 1914 and 1918 using libraries, archives and online databases.


The results will be published in a public database and shared at a project festival.


The work will take place between March and November 2017 and you can work from home, at local libraries and archives or at the British Library.


Attendance at a training day in March or April is recommended (expenses covered by the project) but an online version will also be available for those who cannot attend in person.


  • Anyone can apply
  • No prior experience needed
  • Travel expenses reimbursed for research
  • Access to computer required


Contact with any questions


RFWWT is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Gateways to the First World War


For more information or to apply to take part in the project please email a completed short application form to Dr Helen Brooks at

Please find an application form attached below.

All these details are also on the Gateways to the First World War website. 

Local libraries and archives or at the British Library. , University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, England, CT2 7NZ
Recovering First World War Theatre,
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