Reading Connections Project: Reading at War

There were three main areas relating to this theme.

An exhibition was held at Reading Museum entitled 'Reading at War' to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and reveal the wider impact of war on the town and its people.

From the album of Rosemary Maud Goddin, a teacher evacuated with her school to Gamlingay, CambsEvacuee Archive 

This is a collection of memoirs, interviews and material relating to former evacuees and war-children gathered by the Research Centre for Evacuee and War Child Studies at the University of Reading which was catalogued as part of the Reading Connections project.  The collection mainly relates to evacuation schemes within Britain and the British children who were sent overseas to Canada, the USA, South Africa, and Australasia during the Second World War.

Read a blog post on the Evacuee Archive

 WW1 Commemorations at the University of Reading

The project team and volunteers researched the servicemen, and women, who are listed on the Reading University College WW1 memorial. Clock Tower, London Road, University of ReadingInformation from a variety of external sources as well as the University's own archives were drawn together to provide as complete as possible biography for each person listed. The University Archive holds a commemorative volume of photographs of a large number of the servicemen and this will be a focal point for the University's commemorations in 2014. A Flickr site has now been lauched where the public can view the photos and information on them as well as add any records they may have. Research is also being carried out on servicemen and women who survived. To visit the Flickr site click here 

Read the Reading Collections blog

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The project is generously funded by the Arts Council England's Renaissance Strategic Support Fund

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