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Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour

Extended until 26 October 2014
The Folio Society Gallery - admission free

 

'Fall In' Poster issued by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, 1914 (British Library: Tab.11748.a.(156))

"Fall in” Poster issued by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, 1914. (British Library: Tab.17748.a.(156))

A major part of the Library's contribution to the First World War 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, 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.

The exhibition also showcases the Library's work for Europeana 1914-1918, a major pan-European project to digitise more than 400,000 items from World War One through an audiovisual art installation.

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A series of public events, artistic performances and discussions accompany the exhibition, as well as a programme for schools and teachers. Book now

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

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