The Indian Army in the First World War

by Sharon Woodward

The Indian Army in the First World War: An Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Perspective is a short film completed for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum directed by Sharon Woodward and produced by Dr. Priya Atwal and Stephen Barker.

The film documents research being carried out by participants from the local Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim community. Here they develop display panels for a touring museum exhibition. They also access archive material previously unseen, and some not explored for 100 years or more, while reflecting on the involvement of the Indian Army during WW1.


About the Filmmaker

Sharon Woodward is an independent, award-winning filmmaker, project manager, and media tutor. Her first break in television was in 1984 with the then-new Channel 4’s Eleventh Hour Youth Series “Turn It Up.” Woodward went on to train at Newport Film School, the National Film and Television School, and in the cutting rooms of BBC Wales and Tyne Tees Television. She specialized from 2003 to 2010 in running media projects with young people with physical and learning disabilities. She currently works with charities, corporate organizations, educational establishments, individuals, and community groups with a particular interest in social history and archaeology.