Tag Archives: WW1

Performing our stories

Earlier this year, when we were shown the text of a song written by a local munitions worker in Bishophill, we could not have predicted that this would lead to a performance in the York Explore central library, on 26 November 2016. The song, ‘A Munition Dirge’, had been found in the Vickers Instruments Archive […]

Women at War : A Munition Dirge

On Saturday 26 November at York Explore, and as part of the Big City Read,  a group of singers from Clements Hall Local History Group will be performing the song A Munition Dirge, written by local woman Ella Dunnington Jefferson, about life as a munitions worker in World War One. We’ll also be displaying some […]

A new resource for exploring the impact of WW1 conscription

In December we’ll be hosting a training workshop focusing on an important WW1 resource, newly available at the North Yorkshire County Record Office. The introduction of conscription in Britain 100 years ago affected many men and their families in Yorkshire localities and beyond. However, men were allowed to appeal for a temporary exemption or, in […]

‘That Vile Train’: Ambulance Trains in World War 1: Alison Kay (National Railway Museum)

Our next meeting is on Friday 30 September 2016 at 7.30 pm, when Alison Kay, archivist at the National Railway Museum, will be uncovering the history of First World War ambulance trains and the millions of people who travelled on them. This talk is part of our special programme reflecting our own WW1 project on […]

Local WW1 women volunteers and sphagnum moss

Anne Houson has been investigating natural dressings: While there is plenty of information about what our local men did in the First World War, it is relatively difficult to discover what the women in our area were doing on the Home Front. Newly available records from the British Red Cross have helped us to shed […]

Conscience and conscription

As part of our studies into the impact of the First World War on our area, we’re exploring the lives and legacy of local conscientious objectors. Initial research shows us that these men came from a variety of backgrounds and had different reasons for their stance. Before the Military Service Act was introduced, men were […]

Exploring the impact of the May 1916 Zeppelin attack

Aerial bombing of Britain began in January 1915. By the end of the War it accounted for some 1,417 deaths, and 3,400 injuries. York’s first attack was on 2 May 1916, and resulted in nine deaths and some 40 injuries. This was a new form of warfare that brought the horror of war to the […]