The collected stories of Oxford's undergraduates and townspeople in time of war.
A A Wright (matriculated from Wadham college in 1908), killed in action in France on September 4, 1918. During the course of his time in service, he wrote a number of letters describing his experiences to the Wadham College Warden, Joseph Wells, these are included here.
Aubrey P Orde Ward (matriculated from Wadham 1904) died after being hit by a low flying plane. During the war he sent a series of letters to the Wadham College Warden, Joseph Wells, contained here.
Letters from wartime Somerville student Charis Barnett in February 1914 paint a surprising picture of normal life, unaware of the imminent disruption of war.
John Scott Haldane, fellow of New College, Oxford, was one of the front line scientists investigating how to mitigate the effects of the German's poison gas. Through a slightly unorthodox method of experimenting on his family at his house in Crick Road, Oxford, he developed the gas mask prototype.
Vera Brittain was an ambitious and spirited intellectual, and part of the 1914 Somerville intake. She was engaged to Merton college fellow, Roland Leighton. The letters between Vera and Roland in time of war powerfully articulate the human cost of war and shattered idealism.
Roland Leighton was due to start at Merton college, Oxford in 1914 but chose instead to sign up immediately to serve. He was engaged to Somerville undergraduate Vera Brittain when he came home on leave in August, 1915. He died of wounds in a French hospital on 23rd December of the same year, aged 20.
Margaret Bunbury Foote, Somerville undergraduate in the time of war, was on her Summer holidays in Germany on 1914. Her diary extracts contained here reveal an eye witness account of the atmosphere there shortly following the outbreak of war.
Joseph Wells was the newly elected College Warden at Wadham, when war broke out. As part of this role he published the Wadham Gazette and sent it to the College fellows serving on the front. His descriptions of life in Wadham during the War provide insight into the domestic realities of war in Oxford 1914-18.
J R R Tolkien was in the middle of his studies in English Literature at Oxford university when the War broke out. He was able to defer enlisting until his degree was finished, when he joined the Oxford University Officer's Training Corps.It was at this time that Tolkien first began to write, expressing his feelings through his poetry for the first time.
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8th August, Oxford 1914-1918 Family Day - The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford
10th and 11th September, Oxford Open Doors Weekend
15th September. Talk - Port Meadow: The Forgotten Aerodrome
3rd October, Talk - We Will Not Fight - The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford
10th and 11th November, The 9th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies, War Time
Saturday 13th June, 10.30am-5.30pm, 'Physics and the Great War', 1 day conference, St Cross College, University of Oxford
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August, 12-4pm, 'Signals and Semaphores', family friendly, Museum of the History of Science
Tuesday 25th August, 'Harry's Nobel Prize', public lecture, Museum of the History of Science
Saturday 19th September, 12-4pm, 'Big Draw: X-Ray line', family friendly, Museum of the History of Science
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Saturday 16th January 2016, 'Artists Under Fire', exhibition, Ashmolean Museum Broadway
Saturday 26th September, 1-4pm, 'Remembering the Great War', public reminiscence day, Museum of the History of Science
Thursday 5th November, 5.30-7pm, Poetic Battlefields: The First World War in Poetry, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College
Tuesday 10th November, 2-5pm, 'Wikipedia: World War 1 edit-a-thon', IT services course, 13 Banbury Rd
3rd July, Oxford in the Great War walking tour, Museum of the History of Science
10th July from 2pm, ‘Through the Lens: Oxfordshire and the First World War’ exhibition plus an afternoon of family friendly activities, the Oxford Castle Quarter, Key Learning Centre. See also http://fetedaythings.tumblr.com/
Wednesday 13th July, “‘No joke, that': the Allied military campaign in North Russia, 1917-1920" - talk by Chris Baker. SOFO Museum
16th July, Film Screening: The Battle of the Somme, Pitt Rivers Museum
16th July - 8th October 2016, Exhibition - Oxford's Great War - Museum of Oxford
16th July - 8th October 2016, Oxford 1914-1918 Family Gallery Trail
16th July, Talk - 66 Men of Grandpont 1914-18. The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford