First World War talks

Leeds Central Library is hosting a series of talks by University academics to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Armistice in 1918.

Three members of the Legacies of War Centenary project will be holding a series of talks at Leeds Central Library to commemorate and explore different histories of the conflict, and examine its multiple historical, cultural and social legacies.

All events are free to attend and take place at the Sanderson Room on the Third Floor of the Library.

Secrets & Innovations in the First World War telecommunications
Saturday 24 November, 2 to 3pm

Communications were as vital as armaments in the course of the Great War. Telegraph, telephone and radio were used intensively on all sides, by both military and civilian personnel.

This talk, by Graeme Gooday, Professor of Science and Technology, explores how exciting innovations were developed while new opportunities for intercepting enemy communications became possible, as scope for both winning and losing battles depended on the security of telecommunications and the skills of the men and women involved.

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From Front Line to Convalescent Hospital: The World of the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War
Thursday 29 November, noon to 1pm

In this talk, Dr Jessica Meyer, Associate Professor of Modern British History, traces the journey that wounded British soldiers went on from the front line, through a variety of sites of medical care-giving, to recovery in convalescent hospitals on the home front. She looks at the different types of care-givers - both men and women - they encountered along the way, as well as significant medical technologies that helped to save lives throughout the war.

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The Impact of the First World War on Women’s Lives
Monday 3 December, noon to 1pm

Many of women’s roles in the First World War – as nurses, munitions workers or members of the newly formed auxiliary services of the armed forces – are well-known. But what impact did this work have on women’s lives? How did they remember the war?

This talk, by Legacies of War Project Leader, Professor Alison Fell, will look at a range of examples of women from different backgrounds to consider the impact of war service on women’s lives in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Visit Legacies of War to learn more about the project and other events being staged. 

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