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Countdown to At Home in WWI Exhibition: 5 days to go!

One of the things that our project looks at is housing development and conditions in the western suburbs of Derby during the late 19th and early 20th century, so we’ll be displaying a few maps showing changes. Part of this investigation includes looking at the impact of travel amenities upon the development of estates on the outskirts of town in the years running up to WWI. On Saturday we’ll do this by exhibiting a few early photos and maps that show these changes, and material culture that relates to domestic electricity at this time. We’ll also consider how those without a fridge – most households – managed food storage on hot days, in over-crowded vermin-infested housing…



Countdown to At Home in WWI Exhibition: 7 days to go!

Less than a week to go now until the exhibition! Still lots to do, but we have more to show now after the preparations began in March.

We hope to include information on Mr Grundy – after whom the pub ‘next door’ to our exhibition venue is named, where this WW1 soldier lived after the war. One of our volunteers is working on a display that brings together the information already gathered by staff on Mr Grundy – to whom we’re very grateful for his kindness in not only sharing this information with us, but also for going to the trouble of getting copies ready for us.

We also hope to provide displays on a few local people – some ancestors of those involved with the exhibition – who served in the Great war; we are fortunate in being permitted to display some *fantastic* photos from the period, which I really look forward to seeing printed out, as well as other mementos and keepsakes.

Countdown to At Home in WWI Exhibition: 8 days to go!

Our exhibition is a week tomorrow, so we’re starting to pull things together – although work continues on some of the displays.

Today the study area and historic maps have been printed out, to go with information on the project – what we’re doing, and how we do it! – and on how members of the public can take part.

We’ll also be displaying historic photos – thanks to Derek Palmer – and oral history, to other perspectives on life in the western suburbs of Derby in the early 20th century. So far, this has focused on housing, and sanitation – not a savoury topic, but an important source of archaeological finds!

Our sanitation artefact display will include objects that will be familiar to anyone who – like our project director – has lived in a house without an indoor toilet!

Back tomorrow with another round-up of preparations for our forthcoming exhibition.

Countdown to At Home in WWI Exhibition: 9 days to go!

With 9 days to go until our WWI centenary event, exhibits that we’re currently working on include clothing and dress accessories at the outbreak of the war. We will have have a beautiful 1910s dress bodice on display, and will be exhibiting a number of ‘small finds’ of the era (including a sweet little boot-button-cum-teddy-bear-eye!) that commonly turn up in excavations, and as surface finds – with info on ‘what you might find in the garden’. And we have information on corsets in wartime!

For more on the exhibition, follow this link

Countdown to At Home in WWI Exhibition: 10 days to go!

In 10 days (19 July) LIPCAP will be holding an exhibition – ‘At Home in WWI‘ – as part of the annual CBA Festival of Archaeology. We’re using domestic material culture (household objects and housing), alongside photos, maps, oral history, and written sources (such as newspapers and trade directories) to look at home life in Derby at the outbreak of war. We’ll use the run-up to the exhibition to introduce some of the objects and topics we’ll have on display.

One theme of the exhibition is the ‘Material World at War’. The section displays different materials used in the home during the WWI era, touching upon some of the technological developments, and cultural changes at this time, and the impact of innovations on the material environment of the home. This has involved looking at the some of the natural materials (such as bone, horn and ivory) that had long been used for household objects, and the replacement of these organic materials with the introduction of early plastics into the home. 

So why not come along to the exhibition and see if you can tell early plastics from the ‘genuine article’ – can YOU spot a early fake?!  

More tomorrow on what we have done for At Home in WWI!

Sarah’s Archaeology Work Experience Week with LIPCAP: Day Four

For Sarah’s penultimate day of work experience with LIPCAP, she carried out a task from start to finish (with only basic instruction and help), and in doing so produced information that we can use in the upcoming exhibition and in future research, and which may be of interest to those undertaking family history research in the local area, when we post this information on this project website, later this year.

This task involved looking at a 1914 trade directory to collect information relating to listed businesses (which includes the name of the trader, the trade, and the trading address) for one of the large roads within a project study area. The exact locations of these businesses were found using a search engine, and Google Maps, using street view to determine which properties still survive, and explore recent changes. Sarah entered this information into a database, and then plotted it on the 1914 historic map using QGis.

This will aid the process of land characterisation when digitising the 1914 1:2500 OS map. Sarah has been helping to digitise the 1901 OS map, which will be developed in creating a GIS layer that shows land use and other historic information for 1914.

I had a day of GIS, for most of the day I researched 1914 businesses that were located on Ashbourne road. I found the post code, address, business name, owner of business and the co ordinates. For the last half hour I rearranged polygons for houses in 1901.

Back tomorrow!

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.