Festival of Archaeology 2014 LIPCAP Event: At Home in WWI

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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

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