Now we are a month into 2014 the commemorations marking the outbreak of war one hundred years are starting to increase.
This week the BBC started to show the Jeremy Paxman programme Britain’s Great War and we’re pleased to announce that the book accompanying the series is now in stock at Norfolk’s libraries. If you are a member of the library then you can reserve the book by following this link.
The British Library launched their World War One website this week and we’ve already spent a lot of time investigating the resources they’ve made available here. The items that instantly caught my eye are those related to the war propaganda, who knew that fizzy water was such an important wartime item?!
However in Norfolk there didn’t seem to be any inkling at all that in just a few months the world would change forever. The local papers for this week in 1914 are mostly filled with articles on how farmers can defeat pests in their crops and how to avoid coughs and colds.*
Every day life in Norwich c.1913 taken by Norfolk photographer George Swain.
Interestingly January 1914 was also a very windy month, but according to the Met Office it was also cold and there was little or no rain…
*news details taken from The Norwich Chronicle, held at the Norfolk Heritage Centre at the Millennium Library.