Professor Stephen Dixon’s AHRC Award Success

Manchester School of Art Professor Stephen Dixon has been awarded an AHRC community engagement award of £15,000 for The Lost Boys: remembering the boy soldiers of the First World War through ceramics.

Dixon’s ‘The Beautiful Game’ adopts the genre of Crested China, a form of ceramic tourist-ware popular during WWI.

Professor Dixon says “we are delighted to receive this award from the AHRC to support this timely and exciting project, and are looking forward to starting to work together on the first phase of the research, to be shown in the Holden Café space at MMU in November”.

At the outbreak of World War 1, the legal age limit for armed service overseas in the British Army was 19 years, yet by the end of the war an estimated 250,000 underage soldiers between the ages of 14 and 18 had seen active service.

This interdisciplinary research project in association with The Clay Foundation, Stoke-on-Trent will engage young people as both researchers and makers, working alongside researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University, to raise public awareness of the contribution made by underage soldiers in the Great War.

The project will build upon current academic and practice-led research into the social history and legacy of the Great War at MMU and will focus on the geographical location of Staffordshire, with its historical connections to the ceramics industry, to explore the commemorative potential of ceramics. Interim project outcomes will be exhibited in the Holden Side Gallery at MMU (November 5-11, 2015) to accompany the AHRC Voices of War and Peace conference Being Young During World War One (November 6-7, 2015).


This was also published on the Manchester Metropolitan University website.


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