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New Focus are awarded Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Young Roots’ support

Wed, 22nd Feb, 2017


New Focus, our young people’s project group, have received £34,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘Young Roots’ scheme for No Man’s Land: Young People Uncover Women’s Viewpoints on the First World War. Led by New Focus, whose volunteer members are aged from 16 to 25, the project will bring to light rarely-seen photographs made by women at the frontline to record their experiences.

Beginning in January 2017, the project will enable 14 local young people to learn research skills and get hands-on experience in archives. New Focus will work with experts at The Peace Museum in Bradford, the University of Leeds, and IWM (Imperial War Museums). New Focus member Gaurav Bhardwaj said, “I am very excited to work on the project... I think that there are many stories and photographs of what women were doing during the war which people should know about and appreciate”. Serena Gosal adds "We’re getting a chance to look at things the public don’t usually get to see".

Thanks to National Lottery players the young people will investigate photographs made taken by women including female ambulance drivers, professional photographers and Red Cross volunteers. New Focus member Asiya Hussain says, “The project offers a whole new viewpoint that hasn't been recognised in general history, and I feel that this new insight is really interesting”.

New Focus will produce an innovative publication, specially designed to be relevant for young people. The publication will be launched in October 2017 and distributed to thousands of young people in Bradford and beyond. New Focus will also run events and talks at Impressions Gallery. New Focus member James Barlow says '“It’s easy to forget different people’s contributions and experiences in wars”, and Chupei Zhang adds “this will help share their stories”.

Watch this short film to hear New Focus talking about the reasons behind the project.



The project has been inspired by the Centenary of the First World War and the major exhibition No Man’s Land at Impressions Gallery from 6 October to 30 December 2017.


To keep up to date with the project visit the New Focus Blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instgram

Credits No Man’s Land: Young People Uncover Women’s Viewpoints on the First World War is led by New Focus at Impressions Gallery with heritage partners The Peace Museum Bradford, University of Leeds, and The First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM. The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund: Young Roots. The curatorial research for the accompanying exhibition No Man’s Land is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research.

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