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Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour

19 June - 12 October 2014 

Folio Society Gallery - admission free

'Fall In' Poster issued by the Central London Recruiting Depot, 1914 (British Library. Tab.11748.a.(90))

'Fall In' Poster issued by the Central London Recruiting Depot, 1914 (British Library. Tab.11748.a.(90))

A major part of the Library's contribution to the World War One Centenary, Enduring War examines how people coped with life during the war: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair. 

Through posters, poetry, art, books and pamphlets from the period, the exhibition considers attempts to boost morale at home and in the field, as well as presenting individual responses to the conflict, such as letters from Indian soldiers on the Western Front, schoolboys' descriptions of Zeppelin raids over London and examples of the black humour expressed in trench journals.

'Before and After' in The Golden Horseshoe (1919) [shelfmark P.P.4039.wek(1)]

'Before and After' in The Golden Horseshoe (1919) [shelfmark P.P.4039.wek(1)]

The exhibition will also highlight the Library's work for Europeana Collections 1914-1918, a major pan-European project to digitise more than 400,000 items from World War One.

Accompanying the exhibition will be an extensive series of public events and discussions, as well as programmes for schools and teachers.

The British Library has just launched a new World War One website. Explore over 500 historical sources from across Europe, with new insights by experts.

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