Wolverhampton’s Great War, 1914-1921 - was originally conceived as a contribution to the city’s centenary commemorations of the Armistice in 2018.  This first known attempt to produce a history of Wolverhampton and its people during the war helps to fill an obvious gap in our knowledge. 

The book also serves as an ‘educational memorial’ that will hopefully encourage wider public interest and support further research into a dramatic period in British history.  This volume contains a collection of articles by local authors on topics such as:  Zeppelin air-raids, how local hospitals treated battle casualties, the impact of the ‘Spanish ‘flu’, the wartime experiences of members of the Sankey family and the planting of trees as war memorials. 

Also included are case-studies of local service personnel – from ordinary Wulfrunians to national heroes Roland Elcock and Douglas Harris.  Wolverhampton’s Great War is meant to inspire people to carry out their own historical research and to be the first of many words on this subject, not the last.  In this presentation the writers will share vignettes from their research and examine the issues involved in writing Wolverhampton’s first history of the war.

Date: Saturday 1 February 2020

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery - Georgian Gallery

Price: Free

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