Exhibition illustrates perspectives on the First World War

Posted by pt91 at Dec 23, 2014 12:55 PM |
Items from the Special Collections on display in David Wilson Library
Exhibition illustrates perspectives on the First World War

The Fielding Johnson Building during its time as a field hospital. Courtesy of the University of Leicester Special Collections.

As the world marks the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a new exhibition draws on material from the University’s Special Collections to commemorate the enduring legacy of the war to Leicester and to showcase contemporary artistic and photographic imagery of the world at war.

The First World War plays an integral part in the history of the University of Leicester.  The Fielding Johnson Building was used a military hospital between 1914 and 1919, treating over 95,000 casualties. In the aftermath of war, the people of Leicester united behind the concept of establishing a University College as a living memorial to those who lost their lives.  

From 'Kriegszeit', Courtesy of the University of Leicester Special Collections.
The University’s Special Collections include a number of iconic and thought-provoking images both of battles scenes and representations of the impact of war beyond the front line.  Of particular note is the monthly German publication, Kriegszeit, which showcases images in the expressionist tradition which provoke an emotional response to different aspects of wartime Europe.

Special Collections welcomes visitors and enquiries.   Please visit our web pages to find out more about our holdings or to book an appointment in our reading room.  The exhibition runs from  5th January  to  27th April 2015 during the standard library opening hours and is located in the basement of the David Wilson Library.

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