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Photo:Edith Westcombe, Munitions Worker, Royal Arsenal Woolwich

Edith Westcombe, Munitions Worker, Royal Arsenal Woolwich

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Great War Greenwich

By Victoria Carolan

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Great War Greenwich will provide a platform for community engagement with the war’s centenary. While much more attention has been focused on the battlefields of the former Western Front, Great War Greenwich will underline that Greenwich was of key importance during the First World War. During the Zeppelin raids of 1915, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel was used as a bomb shelter by several thousand people. The Admiralty was housed in the buildings of the [Old] Royal Naval College, and the plans for the weapon that became known as the ‘tank’ were developed on the site. The buildings were also used as barracks and scientific experiments were carried out in the buildings now used by the University. Much of this history is not widely known and there is much research to be done on these and many other aspects about Greenwich 1914-1918.

 Activities:

A seminar series is running which brings together specialist historians, archaeologists and archivists to the campus to deliver research papers on topics related to Greenwich during the First World War. These are open and free of charge to the general public. (Include schedule here)

 An open day will be held which will bring the general public together with specialist historians, archaeologists and archivists to discuss the wartime histories of Greenwich, including the site of the Old Royal Naval College, and the significance of the River Thames. Date and time TBA.

 Teaching and learning resources are being developed, to be offered to local education and heritage establishments.

 A travelling exhibition which would be made available to local museums, visitor’s centres and educational establishments in the borough of Greenwich. This would start at the University’s new premises at Stockwell Street and also at Discover Greenwich.

An edited volume, Great War Greenwich, will be collated and published, featuring chapters written by academics involved in the project.

 

This page was added by Victoria Carolan on 17/01/2015.

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