In this latest Blog Post, Dr Johanne Devlin Trew, from Ulster University & the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Funded Living Legacies World War One Engagement Centre, talks all things ‘Republican Crafts’.
On Wednesday March 14, 2018, a community conference and exhibition entitled Irish Republican Prison Crafts: Making Memory and Legacy was held at Belfast’s historical Crumlin Road Gaol. It showcased the Heritage Lottery funded project of Coiste na nIarchimí [Republican ex-prisoners organisation], supported by Living Legacies, Ulster University and The Open University. The goal of the project was to create a virtual archive of conflict-related Republican prison crafts that are in the possession of prisoner families and to capture the stories surrounding these objects of memory. The project took as a model the virtual archive developed by Living Legacies to record WW1 material sourced from the general public.
Continue reading Making Memory and Legacy: Virtual Archives of Conflict from WW1 to The Troubles
Radio Jersey have been sharing tales from a German Prisoner of War camp on Les Blanches Banques on Jersey. There were successful escape attempts, and one German prisoner would return to the island as island Commandant in World War Two.
On BBC Radio Scotland’s John Beattie Show, Dr Catriona Burness revealed the forgotten radicalism of Mary Barbour, a Govan based woman who opposed war time rent increases imposed by Glasgow landlords, and organised militant protests summoned by Mary’s football rattle.
On Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle in Northern Ireland, it is the story of the cyclist company of the 36th Ulster Division. A local bicycle shop in Omagh received an urgent order for bicycles fitted with rifle slips and the soldiers cycled through rural Northern Ireland recruiting for the war effort. Dr Timothy Bowman from the University of Kent explained.
Across the BBC, stories from the home front were shared on local radio and news programmes to mark the launch of the World War One at Home programme. Some selected highlights of yesterday’s broadcasts included:
Professor Jane Chapman appearing on the BBC Look East to discuss the legacy of the war not only for women in the workplace, but as the birthplace of the modern twentieth century as we now understand it.
Jenny Agutter narrating the story of a child, Joan Burbidge, who corresponded with a ‘Chocolate Soldier’. After writing her name on a box of chocolates posted to British soldiers in France, Bombadier Edward Hassall exchanged letters with Joan throughout the war, although the pen pals never met.
Making traditional clothes for uniforms on BBC Radio Wales. Welsh homespun cloth used for Welsh Army Corps uniforms which was made at mills in Carmathenshire. As the war progressed, demand for the ‘brethyn llwyd’ (grey cloth) outstripped supply.
Fergus Keeling, BBC Northern Ireland’s Head of Radio, marked the launch of the programme in Northern Ireland by saying that the stories “shed light on familiar places we know and love, places right on our doorsteps”.