Last night I was at the launch of the First World War centre at the University of Hertfordshire. There was a great turnout for an evening of soap-boxes, a Roadshow of artefacts and ephemera, and a production of J.M. Barrie’s play, A Well-Remembered Voice (1918). In addition to academics from other universities and representatives from such museums as the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum, there was a wide variety of community groups in attendance.
Our First World War centre is one of five First World War Engagement Centres in the UK funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Each centre has a different focus, and the University of Hertfordshire (in collaboration with the Universities of Essex and Northampton) considers everyday lives: How did war affect daily life between 1914 and 1918? What was the legacy of the conflict?
With this theme in mind, we heard about how soldiers fashioned biscuits…
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