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1,000 Years of War Poems
Archaeology can give great insight into past conflicts through the study of weapons used, wounds inflicted, how battles took place in the landscape and the settlements laid waste. None of these actually tell us how the people involved felt. Poems of war and conflict can help us do this. This talk takes examples of war poems from Anglo-Saxon times to the 20th century and looks at what these can add to our understanding of artefacts and the experiences of the people who used them. Samantha Glasswell, AMA, Freelance Archaeologist and Part-Time Curator of Bassetlaw Museum, Nottinghamshire. In remembrance of World War 1 we will be showing collections from the University Manuscripts and Special Collections Department that detail the personal stories of local people including the Life Lines archive project. Anyone with WW1 letters, diaries and photos who would like them to be recorded as part of this project can bring them along. All talks take place at 1pm in the Djanogly Theatre. Places are free, but please book in advance with our Box Office on 0115 846 7777