Professor Frank McDonough and Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson have received Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) support to act as academic advisers on the BBC’s ‘World War One at Home’ project. This four year BBC project will tell the story of the First World War through the people whose lives were transformed by the conflict. These stories are planned to be broadcast on local radio and regional television in BBC English Regions and on television and radio in BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland.
The AHRC is funding researchers to work with broadcast journalists in the BBC Regions in England to source, select and showcase stories related to the First World War. Researchers will advise on the war’s impact on the regions and highlight links with broader national and international events and themes. Professor McDonough and Dr Benbough-Jackson from LJMU’s History Department at the School of Humanities and Social Science will work on the North West area.
In what will be a unique broadcasting event, 1,400 stories (100 stories from each of eleven BBC regions, and the three BBC Nations) will feature on BBC regional TV and Local Radio in England, as well as on national programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, starting in early 2014.
Professor McDonough said:
"This is a very exciting opportunity to play a role in the BBC’s coverage of the Centenary of World War One. I feel it is recognition of LJMU’s Merseyside at War, 1914-1918 project, which will allow the people of Merseyside to tell their family stories of the First World War and will feature on a new LJMU web-site that will launch in November."
Dr Benbough-Jackson commented:
"Working with the BBC will be an honour. I'm excited to play a part in commemorating and explaining the significance of the First World War and its impact on the North-West. The award has already brought me into contact with some phenomenal communicators and experts from academia and the media."