Classics & Classicists in the First World War is the title of a conference taking place this week at the University of Leeds, supported by the Department of Classics, University of Leeds and the Gilbert Murray Trust.
To accompany the conference I was asked by Lecturer in Classics and Hartlepool Remembered coordinator, Elizabeth Pender to organise an exhibition illustrating the WW1 Trench Art & Mail Art project soon to start in Hartlepool.
While at the Parkinson Building I was able to check out the Special Collections in the Brotherton Library and meet briefly Richard High who works with the collection.
The Library has some special pieces. I was really struck by the connections that were being made between the ancient classics and contemporary WW1 classic narratives. Lorna Hardwick (Open University), will be speaking about ”how ancient texts and their receptions both contribute to and challenge modern constructs of WW1”. The collection in the Brotherton Library included an amazing image of a woman at work, surrounded by chaos and mess. The University of Leeds have a website the Legacies of War which is a Centenary project run by staff at the University of Leeds who have research interests in different aspects of the First World War. White Rose, University Consortium is a strategic partnership between 3 of the UK’s leading research universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The Heugh Battery in Hartlepool is currently home to a monthly creative writing workshop lead by Phd Student Martin Malone.