Saturday, 2 August 2014

What Price Glory?

What Price Glory?  1914-1918

Nottingham Central Library.  Saturday 9th August  10.00 a.m -3.30 pm
Nottingham City Libraries commemorate the First World War with a thought provoking and respectful day of activities for all ages.

Highlights include: a talk with Jim Grundy on how the conflict changed our eating habits; period songs performed by Bulwell Riverside Community Choir; craft activities for children and authors Elizabeth Speller and Judith Allnatt discussing their novels set during World War 1.

Throughout the day we will have a range of activities taking place including recorded memories of the period, newsreel films of Edwardian Nottingham, and major displays to illustrate the homefront in Nottingham and the Eleven Eleven Eleven project which looks at the way in which the war affected the lives of people around the world. 

There are timed events happening at the Library, but there are also drop in events to take part in and exhibitions to visit during the day.
For events marked with *** please ask for a free ticket from the Central Library Helpdesk.
Telephone 0115 915 2825 or email

Timed events:
10.30 Welcome to the day of events by Counc. Cat Arnold

10.35- Talk on the Food and Drink of World War 1 by Jim Grundy. What effect did the war have on eating and drinking habits back home in Britain? ***

1-2pm Bulwell Riverside Community Choir sing songs from the period

2.15-3.15 Author Talk: Love and Loss: writing the First World War
Novelists Elizabeth Speller ( "At Break of Day" and "The Return of Captain John Emmett") and Judith Allnatt ("Moon Field") discuss their novels set during the First World War***

During the day there will be lots of other drop-in activities taking place including

Re-enactors: Chat with a member of the Sherwood Forresters regiment from the time of the First World War

Oral history reminiscence listening posts

Film screenings –local newsreel

Major Local Studies exhibition on the theme of Nottingham’s Home Front

Children’s activities based around artefacts of the time , including an opportunity for children to try on clothes from the period.

As part of the Eleven Eleven display there will also be an opportunity to work with an illustrator to create a comic strip.

Bilborough Library Knit and Natter group will be knitting for England and giving children a chance to learn a new skill

The "Eleven Eleven Eleven" Exhibition which looks at the First World War conflict from the perspective of countries outside Britain.

There is something for all the family, so we hope you will be able to join us on the day.  for a full timetable visit our website:

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