As part of the First World War centenary, the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester is attempting to uncover the wartime experience of minorities in Cheshire. The Diverse Narratives community project explores the lives of several groups, from Belgian refugees and Jewish servicemen through to Irish nurses and Australian munitions workers, all of whom experienced part of the conflict from Cheshire.

The history of the Handforth internment and POW camp forms one part of this wider project. Together with Handforth Parish Council, the Department is attempting to piece back together the global history of the camp, highlighting in particular the sheer diversity of the camp’s population. The project has received generous financial support from the AHRC’s Hidden Histories WWI network, which has not only helped to fund this website, but will also lead to a public exhibition during summer 2016.

Although the project is led by History & Archaeology at Chester and Handforth Parish Council, we are extremely keen to reach out to the wider community. Do you have stories, memories or family histories of the camp? If so, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to make contact using the contact form below:

Many thanks,

Dr Tim Grady (University of Chester)

Mr Ian Clark (Handforth Parish Council)




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