Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Historian to Support BBC’s Great War Centenary Coverage

14.03.2014

A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) historian has been chosen by the BBC as an expert researcher who will support the broadcaster’s ‘World War One at Home’ project in Wales.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is funding researchers to work with production teams across the UK to source, select and showcase stories related to the First World War. They will advise on the War’s impact on the home nations and highlight links with broader national and international events and themes.

Dr Lester Mason, a history lecturer at UWTSD in Lampeter, has been selected to support the project in Wales, along with Swansea University academics Dr Gethin Matthews and Dr Gerard Oram. Dr Mason’s research has focused on the social, political and cultural impact of the Great War, especially in the rural communities of west Wales.

Dr Mason said: “I am not only privileged to be chosen by the AHRC to work with BBC Wales on this important project, but I am excited with the prospect of sharing the knowledge I have gained about Wales and the Great War, over many years of research, with others from outside the academic world.

“The war had a major impact on the day-to-day lives of ordinary Britons, including the people of Wales. Most people are aware of the sacrifices made by young men who found themselves in uniform, either by choice or conscription, during 1914-18, and the countless memorials that remain part of the landscape today are a material reminder of that sacrifice; but on the 'Home Front' the war changed the lives of civilians in Wales at so many levels - from new opportunities for women in the workplace, to attitudes to family life and provision of welfare, to social mores and attitudes to sex and morality, to the impact of death and loss in war on an unprecedented scale.”

In what the BBC are describing as a ‘unique broadcasting event’, 1,400 stories will feature on BBC regional TV and radio throughout 2014 and 2015 as a part of the broadcaster’s wider coverage commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War .

Talking about the significance of the BBC’s centenary coverage, Dr Mason said: “Through a series of stories that emerge from the war, with attention given to location as well as time, the lives of ordinary Welshmen and women during these salient years will be examined. It is hoped that by sharing these stories with the people of Wales a greater understanding of the conflict and its impact will emerge. It is hoped that these events will bring this significant period in our history to life, with an immediacy that everyone in Wales can relate to, but can also share and cherish.''

Note to Editor

  1. For more information or to interview Dr Lester Mason please contact Steven Stokes, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788 or email steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk