Current and forthcoming events

12 December 2018: ‘The Civilian and Military Prisoners of Lofthouse Park Camp
near Wakefield, 1914-1919’ (lunchtime talk by Claudia Sternberg, free)

13.00-14.00, Local and Family History Library, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds,  LS1 3AB

1 December 2018 – 20 January 2019: Exhibition Pleasure, Privilege, Privations: Lofthouse Park near Wakefield, 1908-1922 (free)

Local and Family History Library, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds,  LS1 3AB

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3 November 2018: Launch of Internment Research Centre at Hawick, Scotland


More details and programme flyer at:

Related interest:

26 May – 11 November 2018: The Prisoner of War and Internment Camps in Celle, 1914-18, Exhibition at Bomann-Museum Celle


Information at


Celler Schloss as WWI Camp (image rights: Bomann-Museum Celle)

Related interest:

4 May – 25 November 2018: Neighbours behind Barbed Wire, Exhibition at Zitadelle Spandau

Information at


Archived events

26 September 2018: ‘Die Verkehrtheit der ganzen Lage: “Feindliche Ausländer” im Ersten Weltkrieg und ihre Sprache(n)’ (talk by Claudia Sternberg, in German), free

19.30-20.30, Bradford Circle for Foreign Languages, 10 Eldon Place, Manningham Lane, Bradford BD1 3AZ

16 June 2018: ‘Guided Tour through the Lofthouse Park Exhibition’ with Claudia Sternberg, free

14-14.45, Wakefield Library, Wakefield One, Burton Street, WF1 2DD; Meeting point: Library reception desk

11 June 2018: ‘Time Stood Still in Wakefield: Introducing Paul Cohen-Portheim and his Lofthouse Park Memoir’ (talk by Claudia Sternberg), free

17.30-18.30, Wakefield Library, Learning Zone, Wakefield One, Burton Street, WF1 2DD

28 April 2018: Exhibition and book launch of Pleasure, Privilege, Privations: Lofthouse Park near Wakefield, 1908-1922 at Wakefield Library, Wakefield One.

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Download press release for exhibition and book launch.

March 2018: Preservative Party’s Study Trip to Spandau and Berlin

Autumn 2017: Youth History Workshop showcase of pupils’ work

10 September 2017: Heritage Open Day

Lofthouse Park Revisited: Locals and Aliens during World War One

On our second HOD, we launch a historical map, offer two guided walks and two talks by German historians, meet descendants of Yorkshire-based German pork butchers, invite visitors to sign up for an archaeological exploration and, on the stage, find out about the experiences of an English wife married to a German internee in the 1910s.

Anyone who has information about the local area during the period 1900-1919 is very welcome to share knowledge, stories, documents, photographs and objects on the day.

Free event.

FTE_STAMP_RHOD_4WEBVenue: Lofthouse Gate Working Men’s Club, 12 Canal Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF3 3HN

5 April 2017: Heritage Open Days Organiser Fair, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Presentation by Claudia Sternberg as part of a full day of activities for those organising Heritage Open Days in 2017:

No site, no group, no heritage? HODs against the odds

Even difficult and forgotten history, the absence of an attractive venue and not having local roots can be starting points for organising a lively community event. This session drew on the Lofthouse Park case study and invited attendees to look for potential in their margins and untapped resources.

Heritage Open Days:

25 March 2017: Be Curious about Leeds and Yorkshire, 10-16.00, at University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT


Stall showcasing Lofthouse Park Camp collaboration and related new findings as part of a larger interactive and free event about University partnerships, suitable for everyone, of all age groups and families with an interest in Leeds and Yorkshire.

Our location: Michael Sadler Building LG 15

Full programme: Be_Curious_2017_programme

More detail:

A5 leaflet for download: 01386_be-curious-2017-a5-flyer-wr

27 February – 3 March 2017: Pupils from Berlin-Spandau on study visit to Leeds/Wakefield

More documentation to follow.

Link to school website:

On this website:

Study visit to Yorkshire: Berlin pupils on Ruhleben (Part I)

Study Visit to Yorkshire: Berlin pupils on Ruhleben (Part II)

Study visit to Yorkshire: Berlin pupils on Ruhleben (Part III)

1 December 2016 at Leeds Central Library 
15 December 2016 at University of Leeds, Parkinson Building, Treasures Gallery, Sheppard Room

Special Collections Lunchtime Talk

At the Engländerlager Ruhleben: British ‘Enemy Aliens’ in the First World War (Claudia Sternberg)


Image: Ruhleben Horse-Box (detail), drawing by Robert Walker (Ruhleben 1917), produced by A. Page & Co., London. From the file of E.R. Vincent, LIDDLE/WW1/RUH/56. Reproduced with permission of Special Collections, Leeds University Library

Over 5,000 British civilians were interned near Berlin between 1914 and 1918. Drawing on personal documents from Leeds University’s Liddle Collection, this talk introduces some of the internees and their families. It also considers life in the camp, European mobility before the war and conditions at the time of repatriation.

The Lunchtime Talk series is a collaboration between Leeds City Council, Leeds Central Library and Leeds Univeristy’s Brotherton Library, which delivers free monthly talks exploring at a diverse range of topics and subjects delivered by researchers and staff who work with their collections.

Booking link for 1 December 2016:

Booking link for 15 December 2016:

1 October 2016: WWI Community Event as part of the exhibition In Their FootstepsMagical Leeds 2015

Leeds City Museum, 11-16.00

Project stand and information on the day.

Full list of events associated with this exhibition:

HOD1_WB_4WEB11 September 2016: Heritage Open Day

Lofthouse Park’s Hidden History, 1900-1919

This free event invites people to explore the hidden history of Lofthouse Park Camp in Lofthouse itself on Heritage Open Day Sunday. Visitors can go on a guided tour, look at documents, try their hands at mapping and watch a performance.

Anyone who has information about the local area during the period 1900-1919 is very welcome to share knowledge, stories, documents, photographs and objects on the day.

FTE_STAMP_RHOD_4WEBVenue: Lofthouse Gate Working Men’s Club, 12 Canal Lane, Lofthouse, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF3 3HN

Deutschsprachiger Blog-Beitrag:

More details and times at

Longer post on this website:


HOD press release

8-10 September 2016: Voices of the Home Fronts, National Archives, London (UK/GB)

The event consists of three days of workshops, displays, exhibitions, performances, talks, and presentations exploring the histories of everyday lives during the First World War and its aftermath, through personal, local, national, and international experiences. The Ruhleben-Lofthouse project will be presented in a talk and with a stall/display.

Dreitägige Veranstaltung mit Workshops, Ausstellungen, Vorführungen und Vorträgen zur Alltagsgeschichte während des Ersten Weltkrieges und danach. Es werden persönliche, lokale, nationale und internationale Erfahrungen vorgestellt. Das Ruhleben-Lofthouse Projekt wird in einem Vortrag vorgestellt; zudem gibt es einen Stand/ein Display.

More details and registration information/Weitere Informationen und Anmeldeformalitäten:

4 June 2016: First World War Study Day, Sheffield Hallam University (UK/GB), 9.15-17.00

Organised by project member Professor Matthew Stibbe. With talk about Ruhleben Camp and a stall representing the Lofthouse-Ruhleben project.

Erster Weltkriegs-Studientag, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield. Organisiert von Projektpartner Professor Matthew Stibbe. Vortrag über das Lager Ruhleben und Projektstand.

Sheffield WWI Study Day Programme (PDF download)

21 June 2016:  Common Ground, AHRC Commons, 9.30-18.00, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington East Campus (UK) – Free

coms-logo-aqua-80hPecha kucha presentation about our project embedded in larger event not dedicated to World War One.

Pecha kucha-Präsentation über unser Projekt im Rahmen einer größeren Veranstaltung ohne Erste-Weltkriegsbezug.



22 June 2016: Thinking about Europe: The Fate of ‘Enemy Aliens’ in Britain and Germany during the First World War, Lifelong Learning Centre, University of Leeds (UK) – Free

LLC_ImageThis interactive workshop addresses the topical questions of European borders, migration, intermarriage and expatriate communities by taking us back 100 years to Britain and Germany during the years 1914-1919. We will draw on archival material and memoirs held in the Liddle Collection at the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

Flyer: Thinking about Europe_LLC


1/2 July 2016: Beyond the Western Front: The Global First World War, Conference, Centre for Hidden History, Albert Hall, Nottingham (UK) – Free


WWI conference and community showcase which includes project stall and two conference papers: “The Domiciled ‘Other’ as Enemy Alien: Leeds and the Alien Register, 1914-1919” and “Sounding Out the Archive: The Engländerlager Ruhleben and its Imperial Legacies”.


PDF flyer: A5 Global War flyer