History told through objects.

 

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Over the last year-as part of our preparations for displays and events commemorating the First World War-I have come across a book called ‘A HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR IN 100 OBJECTS’- Published in association with the Imperial War Museum. Written by John Hughes-Wilson this book uses objects from throughout the period to introduce the reader to many different aspects, events and developments of the conflict. Some of the items used are iconic-such as Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s blood stained tunic- and many of the objects are military whilst others are more mundane- for example a toy soldier and a trench shovel. It is these ordinary objects that in my opinion put the story of the war into a more human sphere rather than just an academic discussion of the period. Our own project ‘BURY REMEBERS THE FIRST WORLD WAR’ also draws attention to the experiences of individuals and their communities through the utilisation of the newspaper archives for the six towns of the Borough. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is packed full of facts and photographs that are presented in such a way it makes the history of this period accessible without being daunting. If you would like to have a look for yourself the book is available through Bury Libraries.

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Nic

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