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15

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 15th 1914

On 15, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Hopeful news, but very little of it.  The King of Belgium is a fine man, going about among his soldiers as if he were one of themselves.  The King of Romania died a few days ago, not a bad thing as he was a pro-German.  The new King isn’t, or at any rate not, nearly as strong. 

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14

Oct
2014

In Events

By Nicola Gauld

Remembrance Day Event: Have we forgotten the horrors of war?

On 14, Oct 2014 | In Events | By Nicola Gauld

As veterans who served in the armed forces continue to relive the terrors they experienced, is it easy to forget the horrors of war when you cannot see it up close? The Hive wants to hear your opinion at its Question Time-style debate with the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) on Tuesday 11 November at 6.00pm.

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14

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 14th 1914

On 14, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

There has been trouble in South Africa.

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13

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 13th 1914

On 13, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

I hear that we really did very well at Antwerp after all.  I am expecting to hear of a big flank attack, and soon.  I have heard that this week will see a decisive victory for one side, may it be ours!

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12

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 12th 1914

On 12, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

All the papers are full of Antwerp and the brave deeds of the sailors.  I must read about it tomorrow.

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11

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 11th 1914

On 11, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Antwerp was evacuated on Friday.  They say it will not be of much use to the Germans unless our fleet is beaten.

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10

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 10th 1914

On 10, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

They say Antwerp has been evacuated to save it from being bombarded.  There must be a trap (?) somewhere.  The Russians are getting on very nicely.

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09

Oct
2014

In Events

By Nicola Gauld

WW1 commemorative activities in Leintwardine

On 09, Oct 2014 | In Events | By Nicola Gauld

October 16-20 sees the culmination of a First World War commemorative project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘The impact of the First World War on Leintwardine and neighbouring villages’.

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09

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 9th 1914

On 09, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Antwerp is bombarded and some parts are in flames.  At the pictures we saw Louvain, also a German petrol bomb and other war pictures.

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08

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 8th 1914

On 08, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

We are beginning to recover lost ground.  The Germans are bombarding Antwerp.

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07

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 7th 1914

On 07, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

A submarine has sunk a German destroyer, I think.

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06

Oct
2014

In Events

By Nicola Gauld

University of Birmingham War Studies Events

On 06, Oct 2014 | In Events | By Nicola Gauld

The University of Birmingham’s War studies department runs an extensive programme of weekly seminars featuring guest speakers and frequent Saturday Day Schools throughout the year.

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06

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 6th 1914

On 06, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

I fancy our left has received a check, not very serious they say, but we are not having things all our own way there. 

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05

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 5th 1914

On 05, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

The refugees arrived but I did not see them.  The position in France is quite satisfactory; we are doing better now.

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03

Oct
2014

In Project Updates

By Nicola Gauld

New Book: Worcestershire’s War

On 03, Oct 2014 | In Project Updates | By Nicola Gauld

Worcestershire’s War: Voices of the First World War

by Maggie Andrews, Adrian Gregson and John Peters

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03

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 3rd 1914

On 03, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

No news from the front.  There are some Belgian refugees about here. 

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02

Oct
2014

In Performance

By Nicola Gauld

Tickets available for Startling New Play to Commemorate the First World War

On 02, Oct 2014 | In Performance | By Nicola Gauld

As part of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War Worcester’s iconic library, The Hive, will be welcoming back theatre company Pentabus to perform its latest production Each Slow Dusk on Friday 7 November at 7pm.
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02

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 2nd 1914

On 02, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

The Indians are in the fighting line!  How I should love to know what the first German who saw them said.  He would make a fine study for astonishment I should think.  The paper says there is no doubt now that we shall win.  There never was any doubt, we knew that we must win.  The question is how long shall we be?  I think we shall find it harder to beat them when they are in their own land than it is now they are in a foreign country that hates them, and where they are defending their homes.

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01

Oct
2014

In Events

By Nicola Gauld

Conference Call: Organising Women in WW1

On 01, Oct 2014 | In Events | By Nicola Gauld

2015 is the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Institute Movement in Britain and the publication of the Maternity Letters by the Women’s Co-Operative Guild. To commemorate these events, this Conference aims to bring together anyone who is interested in women who organised themselves and others during WW1.

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01

Oct
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, October 1st 1914

On 01, Oct 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

The Times today published a review of the events of the month, consisting of maps showing the positions of the armies on different days.  In France we have done very well, also in Galicia, but in East Russia the Germans have advanced.  The whole situation seems to me to be satisfactory. 

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30

Sep
2014

In Events

By Nicola Gauld

World War One in the Vale Event

On 30, Sep 2014 | In Events | By Nicola Gauld

World War One in the Vale Event Will Show How Making Pershore Plum Jam Kept the Home Fires Burning During 1914-1918

Residents of the Vale of Evesham and Pershore are invited to World War One in the Vale Event at the Almonry Heritage Centre, Evesham, between 1pm and 7pm on 16 October 2014.

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30

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 30th 1914

On 30, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

They think the Battle of the Marne is ending.  The position is quite satisfactory.  Soldiers are guarding Conwy Bridge.  They have two tents one on each side of the river and most of the men are in the castle.

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29

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 29th 1914

On 29, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

The position in France and Russia is as satisfactory as can be expected.  The Emden (German ship) has sunk three or four British ships.

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28

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 28th 1914

On 28, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

The Germans have been dropping bombs from Zeppelins on Ostend.  The only casualty was a watch dog. On the Aisne we are advancing slightly I think.

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27

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 27th 1914

On 27, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

I came to Colwyn Bay yesterday and I was rather too tired to write last night.  The Battle was not ended yesterday but we were not losing. 

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26

Sep
2014

In Uncategorized

By Nicola Gauld

Poem: ‘Calling all the Heroes’ by Lauren Williams

On 26, Sep 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Nicola Gauld

Commissioned for the Birmingham World War One commemoration on August 3 2014 Lauren Williams, Birmingham Young Poet Laureate 2013-2014, imagined what life might have been like for young people at the outbreak of the First World War

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25

Sep
2014

In Uncategorized

By Nicola Gauld

Poem: ‘A Mother’s thoughts on the eve of war’ by Jo Skelt

On 25, Sep 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Nicola Gauld

On the eve of her son’s departure to fight in World War One, a Birmingham mother, Mary Elizabeth Herrick, looks out of her kitchen window up at the sky checking the weather as if reading or trying to divine what will come, taking a moment to collect her thoughts…

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24

Sep
2014

In Events

By Nicola Gauld

Report: Women’s History Conference

On 24, Sep 2014 | In Events | By Nicola Gauld

The Women’s History Network’s annual conference, Home Fronts: Gender, War & Conflict took place at the University of Worcester from September 5-7 2014.

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24

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 24th 1914

On 24, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

A lot of men of the 6th Warwickshires were in town today, many apparently in new uniforms.  The poor Prince has been shifted to another regiment as his own is going to the front.  Rotten luck for him.

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23

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 23rd 1914

On 23, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Only more details of the ships sunk.  They say Professor Turner has a Belgian refugee. 

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22

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 22nd 1914

On 22, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

The German vandals have shelled Rheims Cathedral; this is as bad as Louvain, the crowning crime the Mail calls it.  Three of our cruisers have been sunk.

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21

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 21st 1914

On 21, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Naval skirmishes, one of our ships disabled and several German damaged.

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20

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 20th 1914

On 20, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Little or no change in the position of the armies on the Aisne.  An Australian submarine AE1 has gone down.

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19

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 19th 1914

On 19, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

The Battle of the Aisne has been raging for six days now.  I don’t think we are losing.

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18

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 18th 1914

On 18, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Absolutely no news.  The positions of the armies do not appear to have altered.  The Russians are most valuable allies: Aileen got home yesterday.

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17

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 17th 1914

On 17, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

Nothing much in the papers.  They are beginning to fill up with ordinary news again now.  Daddy says that a great many things are kept quiet by K [Kitchener] and the Press Bureau.

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16

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 16th 1914

On 16, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

No important news.  I have hardly seen the papers today.

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16

Sep
2014

In Events

By Nicola Gauld

The Last Post: training session at Library of Birmingham

On 16, Sep 2014 | In Events | By Nicola Gauld

Superact is proud to launch a new First World War centenary music project, The Last Post.

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15

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 15th 1914

On 15, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

It is rumoured that the Kaiser’s third son is killed or has died from his wounds [this turned out to be untrue].  They say the Germans are not running away so fast now.

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14

Sep
2014

In Priest Diary

By Nicola Gauld

The Diary of Dorothy Priest, September 14th 1914

On 14, Sep 2014 | In Priest Diary | By Nicola Gauld

No fresh news, only confirmation of yesterday’s victories.  Winston [Churchill] and Austen [Chamberlain] were to have addressed a meeting tonight at the Theatre Royal, but they sent a message to say they couldn’t come, so it is postponed indefinitely. 

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