image for Talk item typeVoices of the Home Fronts: Reflections & legacies at National Archives

Talk, Fri 19 - Sat 20 Oct 2018


The National Archives


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,


Join us for a lively exchange of ideas at this two-day conference which, through the use of unusual and underused sources, such as material culture, will illuminate the histories of post-war societies, examine the impact of the Armistice on everyday life, and explore life and society in the immediate aftermath of the war from national and international perspectives.

With keynotes delivered by Professor Sophie de Schaepdrijver (University of Kent) and Richard Van Emden, the conference will bring together independent researchers, community groups, museum curators and academics to showcase recent research, generate dynamic discussion, and foster new collaborations both nationally and internationally.

The conference will explore four major themes through a series of presentations, workshops, roundtables and discussions:

Reconciliation - the new normal?: We are looking for contributions examining domestic and public life, across the world, as society adjusted to men and women returning from war. We are also interested in the impact on and experience of children during this period.
Revolution: As well as conscientious objection and political agitation, we want the conference to explore the subtleties of dissent socially, religiously, and culturally in those first months and years after the war. We are interested in contributions from the new nations forged from the First World War, and the impact of nation building on everyday life throughout the world.
Remembrance: We want to explore issues such as cultural memory, as well as immediate matters including post-war riots, gender relations, food, and housing. We are interested in the material culture of the First World War and welcome its inclusion in proposals.
Rebuilding: We want to examine the long-term impact of the war on the built environment and the rural landscape, and how that shaped everyday lives, from agriculture to community formation, from local industries to the natural world.

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Event details

Dates Times
Fri 19 - Sat 20 Oct 2018 09:30 to 18:30





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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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Parking: free


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