REF 2021 Impact Case Study: Inspiring local and global citizen researchers: Exploring War and Urban Communities in the First World War


Description of impact

Professor Brad Beaven’s research findings about citizenship and local patriotism formed the structural basis for exhibitions organised by Portsmouth City Council and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. These formed the centrepieces of their respective First World War centenary commemorations. Drawing on his expertise, these organisations created experiences that reached out to ‘hard to access’ groups, and ‘upskilled’ dozens of citizen researchers. Community and online outreach processes drew thousands of adults and children into workshops on historical research and interpretation. Through this, several hundred people were empowered to make direct, active contributions to the expansion of the source-base for the exhibitions, transforming the nature of the events for the organisers. Beaven’s expertise on the Battle of Jutland informed the creation of an interactive electronic map, co-produced with the National Museum of the Royal Navy. This map attracted over 1,000,000 visitors within one month of its launch and inspired citizen researchers from around the world to make contributions to the database.
Impact statusClosed
Impact date20132017


  • REF2021