Researching Cinema in the First World War Workshop

Friday August 25th 2023

Department of Media Studies, Maynooth University, Ireland

Are you researching a film company, audiences, stars, filmmaking, cinemas, female film pioneers, or any other aspect of cinema in the First World War? Then you know that this type of research while rewarding is also very challenging. With most of the films from this period designated as ‘lost’, much of the contemporary material long discarded as ephemera and paper archives extremely limited it can be difficult to know how to start or where to find information. To help discover which resources are available to scholars of film and cinema in this period the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) and Maynooth University, Ireland are hosting a one-day workshop on Researching Cinema in the First World War on August 25th 2023.


10.30am-12pm: Welcome and Presentations

Denis Condon, Maynooth University. “Using Newspaper Archives”
Kasandra O’Connell, Irish Film Institute. “Using Film Archives”
Veronica Johnson, Maynooth University “Using Multiple Resources”

12pm-1pm: Workshop
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their research questions and problems with the speakers in smaller groups.

1-2pm: Lunch (provided)

2-3pm: Visit to the archive

3-4pm: Screening of films from 1918 including and excerpt from the Irish film Knocknagow (Fred O’Donovan, 1918)

For further details and to register for this free workshop please contact the workshop organiser Veronica Johnson at

Thanks to the IAMHIST Challenge award there is a small fund available for student bursaries to attend this event. Please indicate if you would like to apply for this funding when you register.

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