Information on the day will be varied and fast paced, everyone will go home with information on each of the topics presented and there will be the chance to talk to the researchers. For more detailed information on each of the presentations, please see below:
All change?…or maybe not! Hallaton village in World War One
It is frequently assumed that World War One transformed all aspects of society in one fell swoop.
A deep study of Hallaton village, its social strata, organisations, activities and working practices, comparing life in 1913 with that of 1919, actually shows remarkably little social transformation. However the turmoil of the war sowed the seed of change in the years to come.
Presented by Denis Kenyon and Max Bridgewater
Saving the nation from starvation. Leicestershire’s role
This presentation will explore Leicestershire’s contribution to saving the nation from possible starvation during World War One, a period when the country depended heavily on imported food. It will highlight that this country was considerably more successful than most others in terms of both increasing agricultural production and ensuring a more equitable distribution of available food supplies.
Presented by Professor John Martin, Fellow of Leicester University
Changing Leicestershire War Memorials
Local World War One memorials can be taken at face value, but a closer look reveals a century of change. Public debate shaped the making of memorials and has shaped them ever since. Based on a public survey of over 200 people, this presentation exposes vastly differing modern attitudes to memorials and commemoration. It highlights these personal viewpoints in order to reveal why war memorials remain so contested to this day.
Presented by Elizabeth Blood from Leicester University
Global War Graves: Challenging who belongs in Leicester’s ‘local’ World War One story
Local World War One history is inextricably connected to the conflict’s global nature. The war caused millions of people to travel to, serve in, die in, and be buried or commemorated in places far away from their homes. Right here in Leicester’s Welford Road Cemetery are hidden some of these stories: of immigration, foreign service, death abroad on land or sea, and burial in nearly every theatre of the war. This creates a web of connections tying Leicester to the wider world. ‘Global War Graves’ aims to highlight examples of this in order to expand our ideas of who is part of Leicester’s ‘local’ World War One story.
Presented by Hanna Smyth and Enshia Li from the Global War Graves project
The developing acknowledgement of shellshock using local soldier’s original medical records
Using the now digitised MH106 collection it has been possible to research the treatment of various types of shellshock, which was misunderstood in the early years of World War One.
This presentation focuses on my research into the digitised MH106 records and demonstrates a slow but gradual acceptance of the neurological conditions and the consequent methods of treatment.
Presented by local historian Dr John Sutton
Why they enlisted, served and killed; motivation of Leicestershire servicemen during World War One
This presentation argues that men were motivated by a multifaceted range of factors to sign-up, cope with daily life on frontline service and, ultimately, fight. These influences were often highly personal, contextual and rooted in the social and cultural norms of the soldiers’ wider civilian lives within pre-war Edwardian society, such as notions of patriotism, duty and stoicism.
Presented by Dr Tom Thorpe from the Western Front Association
Let us offer higher education as our war memorial
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland College – now the University of Leicester – was founded in 1921 as a ‘living memorial’ to World War One. It was intended to honour all who had served by showing respect for the dead and performing a duty to the living. This presentation re-evaluates the origins of the University through a detailed study of the local men and women who organised, raised funds, and made donations to honour their loved ones in the cause of higher education.
Presented by Dr Simon Dixon of Leicester University
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