WW1 Course and new study group


Have you been inspired by our blogs about the war in Gallipoli and also been bitten by the study bug?  We might have the solution for you…

The Monash University in Australia is starting a new online, open- to-all course on 12th October called World War One: A History in 100 Stories which will “change the way you see World War 1 as you explore stories of hope, suffering and loss from newly released historical archives.”

The details from the website continue:

25 April 2015 marked the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings.

The Gallipoli Campaign was Australia and New Zealand’s first major military engagement of World War 1. The Anzacs went on to fight in Palestine, Egypt and the Western Front and suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any allied army.

Often confronting, always challenging, this course involves a critical examination of a conflict that changed the world.

This free online course is part of the 100 Stories Project at Monash University, commemorating the Anzac centenary and exploring the cost of war. The course will coincide with Remembrance Day on 11th November, and suggests new and more inclusive ways of remembering.

Go on a journey across the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front on which the war was fought and into the homes of the ordinary people who suffered it.

The 100 stories distil the experience of the Great War. Amongst the cast of the 100 stories are not just soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses, but parents who lost their sons, wives who struggled with shell-shocked husbands, children who never knew their fathers. The themes these stories explore – grief and suffering, hope, anguish and loss – are universal. They are told in a language everyone can understand and are based on archives only just opened to historians.

Hear from leading historians in the field, and together debate the meanings of the stories.

Each week we’ll examine a different topic, including the physical and psychological wounds of war – shell shock, disability and trauma; women’s mobilisation both at home and in the field; and what we’ve called ‘the other Anzac’: indigenous soldiers too often ignored in our history. We’ll examine grief and mourning; protest and repatriation, the politics of war and its intensely personal dimensions.

Learn how to research your own stories.

We’ll introduce you to the new digital archives that are changing the way we remember the War, and explain how to use them.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a better understanding of one of the greatest catastrophes of the 20th Century, and the skills to embark on independent research of your own.

What we’d like to do at the Millennium Library is bring together people from Norfolk who have signed up to this course so that you can talk about the course, use library equipment to research stories more and also offer you the opportunity to meet fellow students face to face because we know that however much fun on line study is sometimes you do just want to talk with other people on the course.

As there are still a few weeks to go until the course starts for now if you are interested in both the course and a study group at the library (we’ll provide tea/coffee/biscuits/wifi and books!) please leave a comment below or email Sarah.Salmon@norfolk.gov.uk and we can work out how to go from here.

There are more free history courses focusing on WW1 starting this autumn and I am sure that our library study group could be expanded to cover these too!


New year, new challenge?


A recent tweet to the @Norfolkinww1 account alerted us to some interesting, and free, studying opportunities for 2015 thanks to the MOOC system of learning.

A MOOC is an online course that as many people, anywhere in the world, can follow in their own time and all resources for the basic amount of study are provided.

The WW1 themed courses have all been created by world-renowned universities and cover many areas of the war:

I can’t personally vouch for the content of the courses but they are all between 3 and 5 weeks long and other MOOCs that I’ve followed have been excellent, you can get as involved as you like and as they are free why not give it a try?