Monday, 15 August 2016

Untold stories – sites of treatment

Great Hall, University of Birmingham

In late 1914 plans were made to establish auxiliary hospitals in large private houses across Birmingham, predominantly in the south of the city. While we found out a lot about some sites in the city that were used as hospitals during the First World War (i.e. the University of Birmingham, Highbury Hall in Moseley), others were initially more mysterious.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Mapping untold stories of World War 1

Indian Army wounded dressed in 
‘Convalescent Blue’ 
outfit in the Dome, Brighton

When what you're looking at is too huge to understand, you reach for a map.  Body density maps of World War One is one way to attempt to 'picture' where death happened (see over the top).  You might begin to visualise impact of those deaths by mapping the streets they left behind. But what about the casualties from physical wounds, illness, and emotional trauma?

We know there were many more than those who died, but have no fixed number.  Their injuries and return from fighting is well documented, but how can we even begin to understand the immensity of change in the lives of people living in, or patients staying in Birmingham?

Monday, 18 July 2016

Over the top

Touring to schools from October to December 2016

Summer 1916. 141 days of horror begin as the Battle of the Somme becomes one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. In a crowded hospital near the front line a nurse scrubs the floor in the relentless war against infection and disease, but not all the wounds of war can be treated in this manner.
“It’s not the missing limbs that haunts you.
Its what’s missing behind the eyes, inside.”

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Working hard 100 years on

Graduates leaving the ceremony
Last week I was invited by Baron Bilimoria of Chelsea, in full ceremonial dress as chancellor of the University of Birmingham to sit back in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham and appreciate the history of just that one room - the events and celebrations that have happened there.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Untold Stories event 14 May

We have now rescheduled Dr Sian Robert's archive workshop, part of the Untold Stories project, for May 14, 2-4pm in the Library of Birmingham, Wolfson Centre (Floor 4).

This event is free and open to the public but numbers are limited so please contact Nicola Gauld at the People’s Heritage Co-operative if you would like to come along:

Monday, 11 April 2016

Birmingham Women: Past & Present Revisited by Women’s History Birmingham

Birmingham munitions workers, WW1
We're excited to announce a project by a new group that involves members of the PHC, ‘Birmingham Women: Past & Present Revisited’ by Women's History Birmingham. The project has been supported by an Our Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will focus on a sponsored walk produced by the editors of the Feminist Review journal in the 1980s called Birmingham Women: Past & Present.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Untold Stories events update

Unfortunately we've had to postpone the session with Dr Sian Roberts that was planned for this Saturday, March 19. We'll be rescheduling it for sometime in April so keep an eye out for the new date.