Experience the First World War in 100 Objects

By Graham Huntley SUS-140918-175121001
By Graham Huntley SUS-140918-175121001

World renowned historian Professor Peter Doyle will visit the Redoubt Fortress on October 4, bringing a unique and personal perspective on World War One by retelling the stories behind 100 different artefacts.

From archaeological finds to weapons, propaganda and personal artefacts, Peter will tell the story of the people behind these objects, from the men whose only morning comfort in the trenches was the rum ration, to the women working in crowded frontline hospitals, pinning brooches to remind them of past lives back home.

The commemoration of World War One has touched many this year, and Peter will be providing a very special insight into the real tragedy and triumph of the Great War, as part of this latest lecture in the Redoubt’s Military History Series.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “Objects are a great way in which we can touch the past and they play an essential role in living history today - through them we can understand the experiences of men and women during the war.

“This will be a fascinating lecture and a great insight from an amazing historian.”

Peter Doyle is a military author specialising in the British experience and material culture of war. A member of the British Commission of Military History and secretary of the Parliamentary All Party War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Group, Peter also undertakes specialist battlefield tours and is a visiting lecturer at the US Military Academy.

Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Philip Ede added, “We are delighted to be welcoming such a highly acclaimed historian and to gain his unique insight into the stories behind these objects.

“The Military History Series has been a great line-up of events and with only two lectures left this year, I would urge all budding historians to book up now and don’t miss out!”

The final lecture in the series, The Lost Legions of Fromelles with author Peter Barton on Saturday 1 November, will tell the story of the worst ever military disaster in Australian history.

The First World War in 100 Objects begins at 2pm on October 4. Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10) and include entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the lecture.

After the lecture, the museum entry includes the opportunity to visit the fascinating WWI exhibitions including McGill’s War – humorous WWI postcards from the original saucy seaside postcard creator, and an exhibition based on the life of war poet Edmund Blunden: A Harmless Young Shepherd in a Soldiers Coat.

To book contact the Redoubt Fortress or by telephoning 01323 410300, for more information visit www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.