WW1 and the Literature of the Fantastic! Free event at the University of Liverpool.

The next event in our series of presentations will take place on the 23rd September at 4.00 in the University of Liverpool. Andy Sawyer, the Science Fiction Librarian will look at how WW1 was viewed and portrayed in fantasy and speculative function. More details are available at http://liverpool.libcal.com/event.php?id=668012&h

Any comments or queries please send to leawreid@gmail.com



A Glorious Example: British Propaganda Posters in The Great War. Public Talk. Wednesday 3rd September 2014.

PostersWe are delighted to announce that the next event in our series of activities marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One will be presented by Dr David Clampin at 5.30 on Wednesday 3rd September in The Aldham Robarts Library, Maryland Street.

This fascinating talk will explore how the recruitment and enlistment to the armed forces was portrayed using the images, language and ideas from a range of posters and publications. For more information contact LJMU or Will Reid.
Details of further events can be found here.

“Liverpool on The Day War Broke Out”. Central Library, Saturday 2nd August 2.00 p.m.

Lp Courier sept 23 1914

The first event of the Libraries Together summer is a fascinating talk on what was happening in the City the day World War One commenced. Using a unique range of original material, Roger Hull will provide an overview of life in Liverpool in 1914. Contact archives@liverpool.gov.uk for more information or call 0151 233 3069.

For the full programme and background to the events and exhibitions please download the guide here_Over by Christmas? Life in Liverpool during the First World War.

A link to the events is also available here

Liverpool in World War One-Events and Information.

Home Service Corps Rev Jan 1917

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:-

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:-

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:-

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.


Calm before the storm.

Calm before the storm.

The image shows the Liverpool Institute magazine from April 1914, and is a poignant reminder of the pre World War One era in Liverpool. The item is on permanent display outside the Learning Resource Centre in the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Keep watching for more information on how we will be marking the outbreak of War and how it affected the people of Liverpool.

if you would like to be kept up to date on what is happening contact w.reid@lipa.ac.uk

Remembering Liverpool in 1914.

Watch this space for some exciting news on how we will commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One in 1914. Using the resources, buildings, history, archives and images of the member libraries,  we will look at how the war impacted upon the people and institutions of the region.

The events will take place from June- September 2014. A guide and timetable will be available shortly. In the meantime if you have any queries, please let me know at w.reid@lipa.ac.uk

Home Service Corps Rev Jan 1917



Does Eric’s ring a bell (or perhaps a guitar)?? If so come and tell us…

LJMU Library

Erics007…or maybe your thing was Merseybeat? Frankie Vaughan? The Cavern? Share your musical memories and save them alongside The John Lennon Time Capsule!

As part of the In Other Words Festival Liverpool John Moores University are hosting an event called “Musical Memories of Merseyside”.

Everyone is invited to this event where we will gather your memories of music of Merseyside – spoken or written. You can also bring your old reviews, articles, programmes, badges or autographs to share. We will record these memories – and then have them placed alongside the John Lennon Time Capsule!

As part of the event there will be a background talk about the capsule which is held here at LJMU. There are only three of these capsules in existence – the others are in Tokyo and the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in the USA. Due to be opened on 9 October 2040, it is engraved…

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