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Children in the First World War

September 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Wednesday 6th September 2017 – Mike Brown

Mike Brown will be talking about his new book, Children in the First World War
Unlike the home front during the Second World War which has been well-documented, the experience of the civilian population in the First World War is a far less visited corner of history, and especially the experience of the children.

In his talk, Mike Brown looks at the lives of children at the time, schooling, dress, toys and games, etc., and the effects the war had on their lives, from the disappearance of male relatives following Kitchener’s call to arms, and even some of the older boys, then through the early invasion scares with the Boy Scouts called in to help, the first air raids by Zeppelin, and early attempts at what would become air raid precautions, including boys blowing bugles to sound the ‘all clear’. He looks at food shortages, price rises, food queues and rationing, at cloth shortages, ‘national’ boots and ‘standard’ suits; knitting and other comforts for the troops, munitions work, salvage, helping on the land, in hospitals and many other things, eventually leading to the Peace celebrations.
Lecture first Wednesday of every month, at 7pm.
Tickets are £5 and include refreshments.
Booking is essential as places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.
To book a place call: 01634 822839


September 6, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm