Centre for Hidden Histories


The Centre for Hidden Histories was one of five World War One Engagement Centres which aimed to engage with and support communities in the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. The Centre worked with previously marginalised communities that reflect the diversity of modern Britain and special effort is made to reach out to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, having developed successful links with Sikh and South Asian Muslim communities and with African and African diaspora communities.

The Centre for Hidden Histories engaged with community groups through a programme of outreach and support activities. The ‘hidden’ themes were the impact of the war on countries around the British Empire; the treatment of enemy aliens in the UK and Germany and the different cultural responses to war and its memory.


[Dr Claudia Sternberg] was Co-Investigator with the Centre for Hidden Histories in 2017.

Claudia has a longstanding involvement in the Centre through her AHRC-funded project In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time. The work undertaken also links to the Legacies of War project, hosted by academics in the Faculty for Arts and Humanities.


The Centre for Hidden Histories was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for 2017. It was led by academics from the universities of Nottingham, Derby, Nottingham Trent, Manchester Metropolitan, Oxford Brooks, UCL, Goldsmith’s and Leeds.

More information

See the Centre for Hidden Histories website for more information.

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