100 Years after the First World War: Contemplating Contemporary Commemoration Work



EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year's theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014.

100 Years after the First World War – Contemplating Contemporary Commemoration Work is a network formed in order to respond to the hype of the First World War and to provide a relevant programme. Three municipal institutions of knowledge transfer – the archive, the museum of Bonn, and the VHS initiated a series titled "1914–2014: 100 years after the First World War" focusing on the local and regional connections. The main aim of the project was to provide different ways to gain information about First World War. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".

Engagement with a history

In the first half of 2014 events focused on looking at cultural and social conditions before the outbreak of the war. The events of this series of VHS Bonn were designed, mostly free of charge and in different formats. The lectures attracted a diverse audience at various locations. The cooperation with the cabarettist and historian Achim Konejung offered a new event format. Mr. Konejung collected and published, in public and private archives, detailed documentations on the topic of "The Rhineland during the First World War" and created a so-called multivision program. At the premier of the multivision show of "Siegfried’s Curse – The Rheinland and the First World War" in the Rheinischen Landesmuseum visitors praised the regional connection and "demanded to engage more with the history of the First World War in this region and its numerous implications".

Focused on region

The regional connection was also the focus in the second semester of 2014 when the Stadtmuseum Bonn presented an exhibition "Following Soldiers from Bonn during the First World War" with an accompanying event which is part of the VHS programme.

VHS Bonn offered, in cooperation with other educational institutions, the advantage of a regional focus and uniqueness amongst the vast flood of information. At the same time, a broad range of presentational approaches was recommended to guarantee a wide variety of learning opportunities. Such as lectures, multivision, and excursions – and diverse venues enabled the Learning Centre to attract a broader audience to the events.

100 Years after the First World War – Contemplating Contemporary Commemoration Work project


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