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Comics and the World Wars on BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Professor Jane Chapman, of the Lincoln School of Journalism, appeared on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's popular 'Melvyn in the Morning' show to talk about the Comics and the World Wars study. Funded by the AHRC, and led by Jane, the Comics Project is shedding new light on the First and Second World Wars by looking at comic strips.

Jane told listeners: "We're looking at all sorts of comic strips, either produced at the time of the First and Second World War or about the First and Second World War and what kind of record they give us about the thinking at the time."

Jane was invited to discuss the importance of the research and described some of the stars of comics of the time. The popularity of the research was emphasised by the response the show received, with the BBC receiving a good response from the public, including some wonderful personal recollections of a listener who had met one of the stars of a WW2 Comic as well as some interesting leads. Watch this space!

The continuing connections between the Comics project and the BBC demonstrate the close working relationship of the Lincoln School of Journalism with the media.

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Comics and The World Wars: A Cultural Record - New AHRC Film Released

The work of a team from the Lincoln School of Journalism is the subject of a new film from the AHRC. Comics and the World Wars showcases a University of Lincoln study, funded by the AHRC, into long-forgotten comic strips from the two World Wars. The study, led by Lincoln Professor of Communications Jane Chapman, reveals how comics form a crucial, and often overlooked, component of early twentieth-century popular culture. With the centenary of the start of the First World War just a year away, this project is more important than ever.

Discussing the immediacy of comics, Jane said "These popular communications were the armed forces' Great War equivalent of today's mobile phone citizens' journalism." Soldiers at the time used scavenged medical supplies, such as brushes and iodine, to create the comics. "The harsh realities of trench warfare create a poignancy of humour through pain: ordinary people, including soldiers were producing their own newspapers, and some were creating early comics strips when they were surrounded by suffering and death threatened."

The comic and cartoon strips offer insight into depictions of heroes, enemies and victims.

The film is already creating a stir in modern social media, being retweeted by Greg Jenner (Historian and self-proclaimed "Chief Nerd" for CBBC's multi-award winning 'Horrible Histories') to his 11,000 twitter followers.

ITV News takes a look at University of Lincoln Comics study

ITV's Calendar News paid a visit to the Lincoln School of Journalism to talk to Professor Jane Chapman about the ground-breaking 'Comics and the World Wars' project.

Funded by the AHRC, the Comics project is uncovering new insights into the First and Second World Wars by looking at Comics and Cartoon Strips.  Described as 'social networking, but not as we know it', the project is looking at comics as a previously undiscovered window into thinking of the time. "Before television and film, comics were the most important form of popular culture" Jane advised, before discussing the remarkable fact that soldiers were producing comic strips at the front. Describing the wealth of contemporary publications, she added "what we're trying to do is to focus on the ones that people have forgotten, so that we can bring them back, restore them, conserve them if you like, as a form of popular heritage."

The continuing connections between the Comics project and news producers demonstrate the close working relationship of the Lincoln School of Journalism with the media.

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Professor Jane Chapman advises BBC on historic WW1 discovery

When a local couple found a World War One medal, Professor Jane Chapman, Professor of Communications at the Lincoln School of Journalism, was asked by the BBC to provide historical background as to why finds of this kind are important.

Kate and Paul Roberts from Saxilby (7 miles from Lincoln) found the 1914-15 Star Medal recently when digging a flower bed and wanted help to trace the descendants of the naval seaman it was awarded to. A local history group helped them identify the recipient as a Sheffield man called Ernest Clarkson. Using the military records, it was revealed that he was a part of some key First World War events. Jane explained ""He was on a dreadnought in the navy, and they are hugely interesting because the rivalry surrounding building up a dreadnought was one of the things that caused the tension between Germany and Britain and caused the First World War. He then went on to the Battle of Jutland in 1916, which was a hugely important battle for the British Navy."

Professor Chapman is currently conducting a pioneering body of research into comic books and strips from World War One and Two.

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