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The First World War was the start of a period of great social change and educational development, reflected in the archives and special collections held in Liverpool’s libraries. Some fascinating original documents, never publicly exhibited before, are on show during the summer of 2014 as part of the city’s contribution to the national centenary commemoration of the First World War.

Organised by Liverpool Libraries Together, this programme of exhibitions and events provides an overview of life in Liverpool between 1914 and 1918 by revealing some of the experiences and views of people who lived, worked and studied here. The libraries in the partnership are holding summer exhibitions to reveal intriguing stories and images from the time. These include the following;-

The pacifists, patriots and parents who inhabited the University of Liverpool; You can also read more about this at http://www.liv.ac.uk/library/sca/overbyxmas.html

The war efforts at the various colleges which eventually became Liverpool John Moores University;

The grand war memorial at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts;

The everyday experiences of women and children on the home front on display at Liverpool Central Library and the City of Liverpool College.

There is also a programme of talks and events exploring the themes in more detail. All the exhibitions and events are free to visit, though registration is required for some events.

Any queries to be sent to Will Reid

Programme of events
Friday 11 July, 2.30 pm Over by Christmas? Exhibition launch Hornby Library, Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street Join the staff who work in the Special Collections and Archive departments of the Liverpool libraries for the exhibition opening and find out more about the items on display. All welcome, no need to book

Saturday 2nd August and Monday 4th August 2.00 p.m. The day that war broke out. Roger Hull, Liverpool Central Library Archive Department 4th Floor, Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street
Free of charge: contact archives@liverpool.gov.uk

Wednesday 3rd September, 5.30pm A glorious example: reading the British Home Front of the Great War in Propaganda Posters.
Dr David Clampin, School of Humanities and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University Aldham Robarts Library, Liverpool John Moores University, Maryland Street
Free of charge: booking advisable. Contact LST_BAT@ljmu.ac.uk.

Tuesday 23 September, 4pm Talk about a Lost World, talk about the end of the World, talk about the Night Land: World War One and the Literature of the Fantastic.
Andy Sawyer, Science Fiction Collections Librarian, University of Liverpool
Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, Chatham Street
Free of charge: booking advisable:-
http://liv.ac.uk/library/sca/index.html

Wednesday 24 September, 4pm Facing the past: remembering and commemorating the First World War.
Dr Kay Chadwick , Department of French, University of Liverpool
Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, Chatham Street
Free of charge: booking advisable:-
http://liv.ac.uk/library/sca/index.html

Friday 26 September, 6pm Bread and Jam and Resurrection: Stanley Spencer’s War Art.
Dr Alexandra Harris , University of Liverpool
Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool
This talk will be followed by a wine reception in the Waterhouse Café at 7pm
Free of charge: booking essential:-
https://stanleyspencer.eventbrite.co.uk

The booklet for the programme, including contact details and images of some of the material on display can be downloaded here:-
Over by Christmas? Life in Liverpool during the First World War.

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