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LIPCAP Derby in WWI exhibition: like to share family history?


At Home WWI online logo

For the Festival of Archaeology (July 2014), and as a member of the IWM Centenary Partnership Programme, LIPCAP will be holding an exhibition on Derby in WWI, with activities for visitors (more information on this event can be found here). This event focuses upon the Home Front, considering  the experiences of people living and working in Derby during the hostilities.

We are especially interested in domestic life for children; for the men and women who remained at home (whether due to job, age, or health / disability exemptions; family caring duties; or conscientious objectors); and for those serving in the forces or as volunteers, when on leave or recovering from wounds

As a principally archaeological project, we are especially interested in related material culture associated with the home at around the time of the First World War, including objects that were displayed in the home (such as photographs, service medals and trench art with Derby connections).

As a community project piloting new ways to involve members of the public in local history, we would like to invite those with relevant information to share family memories and other historic material relating to Derby in WWI, for inclusion in this event, and / or in the associated online exhibitions.

For those who may wish to remember family members who lived or worked in Derby during WWI, or who were from Derby and served in the forces or voluntary services abroad during the conflict,  we are planning a remembrance display. The remembrance panel will contain short comments, and / or basic family history information, which may be submitted on forms (online, using the short Remembrance Card / ‘rapid response’ form here, or more detailed copyright-specifications form here; or offline forms may be downloaded below). 

We may not be able to include all material submitted in our event display, but we will also exhibit historical material on this project website, and through our other media channels (HistorypinGoogle MapsFlickrYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter), where permitted

We would therefore welcome the submission of information on, or photographs of, relevant objects (i.e. those know to have been used and / or owned in Derby in the 1910s), as might survive in the community as heirlooms. We would also like to display other publicly submitted material associated with Derby people and related places in WWI. This might include family history information (as discovered through personal research – such as information on munitions work, and service records, etc.); stories (as passed on to surviving relatives); testimonies and memories (as might survive in diaries, memoirs, postcards, or audio recordings, for example); and photos. 

We cannot guarantee to display everything that is submitted (particularly as we may receive duplicates of some material) – to some extent material will be displayed on a first-come-first-included basis – but will try to include as much as possible via the range of resources we use.

We request that contributors fill in and submit an accompanying form that provides information about the material they share, and permits LIPCAP to reproduce material in the public domain. This may be completed and sent online; or it may be printed (by selecting the ‘Print’ option in your web browser here), or downloaded by clicking the following link, and submitted by post (address below):

PDF version: PDF_At_Home_WWI_Exhibit_Contribution_Form

Open Office version: OOT_At_Home_WWI_Exhibit_Contribution_Form

(MS Word version to follow ASAP)

Digital copies of photos, videos, and documents may be submitted electronically in a variety of ways:

If you would like instructions on how to submit digital files, please use the contact form at the bottom of this blog post. Contributors might also submit material by post, e.g. paper copies or on CD / DVD, to:

LIPCAP (At Home in WWI) 1 West Park Road Derby DE22 1GG

LIPCAP team members might in some circumstances (e.g. if the contributor is elderly or has disabilities, or caring duties) be able to collect material from contributors in the Derby area: please use the contact form below to inquire, if applicable.

If you are an organisation, and would be happy to display a poster inviting members of the community to contribute exhibits, a pdf version is available for download:

A5 Poster WWI Family History Call

Another way to take part is to fill in a card for the community memory panel: this provides an opportunity to remember family members, and acknowledge their experiences in and of the war, as they may have come to you through family history research, or through stories passed on to you by older relatives.

Memory cards can be completed online here; can be printed from this link, and submitted by post (address below); on downloaded and submitted by email (address above):

At Home in WWI_ Memory_Card_A5

We hope that members of the public will join us in this event: contributions may enable us to find out more about life on the Home Front, as well as providing opportunities to acknowledge the experiences and achievements of local people during this very difficult time.

If you have ideas about what we might include, or would like to help us develop this exhibition as a volunteer, please contact us as soon as possible.

Festival of Archaeology 2014 LIPCAP Event: At Home in WWI

At Home WWI online logo


Living in the Past Community Archaeology Project is organising an event for this year’s CBA Festival of Archaeology (12-27 July 2014), in partnership with the Imperial War Museums Centenary programme. As LIPCAP investigates archaeology of the home during the early 20th century, and 2014 represents 100 years since the beginning of World War One, we are marking the centenary by holding this exhibition on Sat. 19th July. The event is free to enter; advanced tickets are not need for entry, but we would appreciate responses to the RSVP we have put out (on Eventbrite here, or Facebook here), so that we might gain some idea of visitor numbers.

This will have information on local industrial housing occupied at this time, and will display maps of the area that date to this period. We will also display a selection of artefacts and complete objects to illustrate domestic life at this time through household ‘things’. In addition, there will be a number of related hands-on activities, for all ages.

Visitors to the event will also be able to find out how they might take part in project investigations, by searching for and recording the archaeological traces of everyday life left by previous generations in and around their homes. We will give an indication of the historical evidence that might be found in the many old terraced houses still occupied in the areas, and show examples of artefacts that local residents might find in the topsoil of their gardens.

If you have family or oral history relevant to Derby in WWI, and would like copies displayed in the exhibition, please contact us. We will be developing ways to submit copies on-line over the following weeks.

We gratefully extend our thanks the Georgian House Hotel, who have very generously provided free use of the function rooms for this event. We are very pleased to be able to hold the event here, not only because of the beautiful setting and convenient location (and we’re not just saying that because of this opportunity – it is really is lovely, and the chosen ‘local’ of at least one project team member!), but also due to the WWI connections of Mr Grundy’s Tavern, which is connected to the Hotel. Visitors to the event will be able to purchase food and drinks (including WWI themed beers) from Mr Grundy’s, and enjoy these in the bar and (or if accompanying children) in the beer garden behind the hotel and pub. There is also a large car park at the rear.

More details on the event, and on the project, are provided below. If organisations would like posters to advertise the event, a pdf version is available for download here, and jpg version provided at the bottom of the post.


LIPCAP aims to support to residents in recognising and reporting such finds to the project, and to find out more about the histories of their homes, so that we understand more about home life at this time. We will integrate other historical sources in these the investigations, such as photos of local people and places, the memories of previous residents, recorded in memoirs and oral histories, information obtained through family histories.

We will soon open project participation to members of the public within the four study areas (Allestree Village, Little Chester, West End, and Friar Gate / Ashbourne Rd. area), and for those with family connections to these communities during the late Victorian, Edwardian, or Interwar periods. But there will also be opportunities to participate for some living outside these areas.

We would welcome volunteer involvement in the project – for example, to carry out local, oral, and family history research; in the recording and analysis of artefacts and archaeological features that participants report to the project; in administration and promotion; or in helping out with exhibitions etc..

Event details

Festival of Archaeology 2014: At Home in WWI LIPCAP Event

What was housing like at the outbreak of the First World War, and what household objects were in use at this time? Discover the World War One home, through artefacts, written sources, maps, memories, photos, and activities for all ages.

Living in the Past Community Archaeology Project (LIPCAP) is piloting public participation in archaeological building investigations, garden artefacts surveys, and the recording of rubbish deposits, in order to explore domestic life for industrial workers in and around Derby during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Come and see what we are doing – and how you might take part!

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Georgian House Hotel

Ashbourne Road


DE22 3AD

Saturday 19th July 2014, 1-4pm

Free entry, but donations will be welcome

Festival of Archaeology Poster: LIPCAP At Home in  WWI

Festival of Archaeology Poster: LIPCAP At Home in WWI