Tag Archives | First World War

An advertisement featured in the Eastern Morning News, 25 May 1915. 
Image used by kind permission of Hull History Centre

Transcending Space? Maritime Place Identity and Mass Mobilisation in Hull during the First World War

The city of Hull, East Yorkshire enjoyed the status of ‘third port’ with a booming, world-renowned fishing industry on the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914. This industry, employing many thousands of local men and women in trawling and peripheral works, was fundamentally altered by ‘total war’, as civilian fishing vessels and their men […]

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North American Conference on British Studies

In his blog for North American Conference on British Studies, Port Towns & Urban Culture’s Simon Smith, explores the experiences of British Sailors during the First World War. “As we mark the centenary of the Great War this August it reveals just how much this episode of our history continues to interest and influence our […]

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Picture postcard depicting two Boys' Brigade band members. Date unknown. Image reproduced with kind permission of David Kemp.

Port Town Pipers of the Glasgow Boys’ Brigade

Last month’s BBC Scotland documentary – Pipers of the Trenches – highlighted the cultural significance of pipe music during the battles of the First World War in the solidification of Scottish traditions, identity, and heritage within the military. The programme visited descendents of men who carried their pipes in the trenches and explored their stories […]

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