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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 Three

Day three of Sarah’s archaeology work experience focused on historical research tasks, which consisted data entry, and preliminary analysis.

 Half way through work experience week, today I completed the baptism copying and managed to find the post codes for each of the soldiers in 1915. I learned a little more about photoshop by editing pictures and scanning newspapers. I also have some idea of how to import database information into GIS.

More tomorrow…

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