Category WW1

Two events coming up soon

Next month we have two events coming up. On Friday 17th November we’re welcoming writer and historian Jill Liddington, who will be talking about local suffragettes, in advance of the Vote 100 celebrations next year. Please note this is a change from previous publicity, and will start at the earlier time of 7pm. The following […]

Mental Nursing and the Great War

One of our group members, Peter Nolan, is particularly interested in exploring local evidence about mental health nursing during World War 1, especially in relation to conscription and conscientious objectors: The outbreak of World War I seriously affected the emerging professions of psychiatry and mental nursing, which at the time were seeking to gain parity […]

Lady volunteers at Southlands Church in the First World War

Pauline Alden and Anne Houson have been exploring how local women at Southlands Methodist Church supported soldiers during the war. The Knavesmire was a tented village and men were billeted all over the area, stationed far away from home. Two ladies, Martha Daykin and Emily Elders played a significant role. Emily ran the confectioner’s shop […]

Zeppelin film

For those of you that missed the screening of our short Zeppelin film on 19 May, we now have our own YouTube channel. Filmmaker Chris Maudsley has done some brilliant work on creating the film for us and we’re very grateful to him. He’s now embarking on our new film about local conscientious objectors. You […]

Getting out of the Trenches

Our next event is on Friday 19th May at 7.30pm, at Clements Hall, with a talk by Helen Snelson, Head of History from The Mount School: Getting out of the Trenches: Teaching the First World War to Teenagers. We also plan to show our new video, York Zeppelin Raids 2 May 1916, which features schoolchildren […]

The contribution of women on the WW1 Home Front in our area

Pauline Alden has been researching more stories about our local women during the First World War. Some were working as nurses at Nunthorpe Hall VAD Hospital, some were volunteering to support soldiers and sailors at York Station. Thousands of servicemen passed through the station during the war and were in great need of refreshments, and […]

The Dodsworth sisters

Anne Houson has been researching the three Dodsworth sisters, Dorothy, Kit and Evie, and their role in the First World War.  Although they came from a privileged background and lived at Clifton before the war, Dorothy worked as a VAD nurse at Nunthorpe Hall and the sisters were also working at Cooke’s munition factory in […]