Learn about Leicester’s role in the First World War

Posted by sb661 at Aug 20, 2014 01:15 PM |
Academics to take part in BBC World War One at Home tour event between 23 - 24 August
Learn about Leicester’s role in the First World War

Caption: The Fielding Johnson Building as a 5th Northern General Hospital, taken from the University Archives.

Our Historians from the University will be discussing the vital role the city of Leicester played during the First World War and offering members of the public a chance to find out about their family histories as part of a BBC Radio Leicester World War One at Home tour event, taking place in Leicester between 23 – 24 August from 10:00am – 4:00pm in Leicester Cathedral Gardens.

During the free public event, Colin Hyde, from the East Midlands Oral History Archive at the University Centre for Urban History and Dr Sally Horrocks, Lecturer in Modern British History at the University’s School of History, who worked together on the BBC World War One at Home project funded by the AHRC, will be providing their expertise to explore how Leicester functioned during the First World War.

Colin Hyde will give two short talks on Saturday that will provide an introduction to the role of the city of Leicester during the war. Pictures will be accompanied by oral history extracts taken from the Archive and Colin Hyde will be available throughout the day to answer any questions from members of the public about Leicester and the First World War.

Dr Sally Horrocks will contribute to the event on Sunday by giving a talk on 5th Northern General Hospital, which occupied what is now the site of the University of Leicester. Display boards about the history of the hospital and the foundation of the University will also be on show for the public to see.

The BBC Radio Leicester World War One at Home tour event will be a weekend of fun and discovery, giving people the opportunity to learn about Leicester’s place in the First World War. Members of the public will also be given the opportunity to find out about their family history, unearth some of the hidden stories from the Home Front, and see local BBC presenters in action.