The British home front in the First World War

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War memorial
War memorial

The First World War was the first ‘total’ war in Britain’s history and touched the lives of almost every single person in the United Kingdom. This course will explore the impact of the war on the home front, considering, among other things, the position of women, recruitment campaigns, the role of the churches and how the war was commemorated.

Course programme

Friday 10 January 2014

Please plan to arrive between 16:30 and 18:30. You can meet other course members in the bar which opens at 18:15. Tea and coffee-making facilities are available in the study bedrooms.

19:00 Dinner
20:30 Britain at war 1914–18: an introduction
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Saturday 11 January 2014

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Your Country Needs You! Recruitment before conscription 1914–16
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Women at war
12:30 Free
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free
16:00 Tea
16:30 Boy’s Own war: literature and youth 1914–18
18:00 Free
19:00 Dinner
20:30 Patriotism, pageants and plays: dramatic representations of British history
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Sunday 12 January 2014

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Praying for victory: the churches at war
10:30 Coffee
11:00 The fallen: commemoration and the creation of national memory 1918 – c.1925
12:30 Free
12:45 Lunch

The course will disperse after lunch.


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pdf Course material

pdf Welcome to Madingley Hall


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Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
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Course details

Start date

10 January 2014 (19:00)

End date

12 January 2014 (14:00)

Course code



1 weekend


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Accommodation fees

Single room: £110
Double/Twin room (per person, 2 people sharing): £90

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