Legacies of War

It was made in 1923 and is entitled 'Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the temple'. It caused controversy at the time and was seen as an attack on Commercialism and a Capitalist Society.
a bas relief carving by Eric Rowton Gill (1882 – 1940), artist, craftsman and social critic -It was made in 1923 and is entitled ‘Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the temple’. It caused controversy at the time and was seen as an attack on Commercialism and a Capitalist Society.
The Legacies of War Centenary project is run by colleagues at the University of Leeds who have research interests in different aspects of the First World War, and is partnered with Gateways to the First World War. The 2014-18 centenary of what was referred to at the time as the ‘Great War’ is a time for reflection and debate about what happened during the war and what its profound and long-term consequences were. Members of the Legacies of War project are participating in and helping to coordinate a series of events and activities that are taking place across Leeds in 2014-18 in theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and at the University. These events commemorate and explore different histories of the First World War, and examine its multiple historical, cultural and social legacies. There is a exciting and varied programme of events that responds to widespread public interest in this crucial period of our history.

For more information, see the About Us page, or email us at legaciesofwar@leeds.ac.uk

‘Adolphus’, a toy dog given to Major Maurice Le Blanc Smith by a French girl & used as a mascot in his flying missions in France; an abandoned French school exercise book found by a British soldier. Liddle Collection

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  • Resistance to War conference programme
    This international conference brings together scholars from more than eleven nations and community groups from across the UK to explore aspects of opposition to the First World War during and in the aftermath of conflict. The academic aspect of the conference will consider how resistance to the war was expressed in a variety of complex and often intertwining ways. A diverse selection of papers will look at the cultural, political, religious and international anti-war responses, considering how resistance was played out in these different areas. The conference on Saturday will showcase the research and projects being undertaken by a number of different community groups and there will be a particular focus on conscientious objection. Information stalls, films and performances will run alongside papers on conscientious objectors, feminist resistance and creative opposition to the war. The combination of academic and community based research that will be presented at the conference will help to shed light on a less well-known aspect of the First World War and will consequently contribute to a broadening of the narratives of remembrance of the war in these centenary years.

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  • Article on the University of Leeds War Memorial
    David Stowe has recently published a new article based on his research carried out as part of the Leeds Stories of the Great War project. It's full of fascinating information about the men named on the memorial.

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