Expert Panel: They Never Spoke About It
The familiar sentence, ‘They were in the war, but never spoke about it’, reminds us how often those who served in the First World War as soldiers or nurses were unwilling to share their experience. Three experts who specialize in the language and material culture of war discuss life in the trenches and on the Home Front, the effects of shell shock and the silence engendered by trauma.
Peter Doyle is one of the country’s foremost authorities on the material culture of the First World War. He is the author of several books on the conflict, including The First World War in 100 Objects, Kitchener’s Mob, and Beneath Flanders Fields.
Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Containing Trauma; Nursing Work in the First World War, Nurse Writers of the First World War, and Veiled Warriors; Allied Nurses of the First World War.
Julian Walker is the author of several books on the English Language, including Trench Talk and Words of the First World War, written with Peter Doyle. He is co-ordinator of the ‘Languages and the First World War’ project and his Words and the First World War, a survey of slang, and how people managed communication during the conflict, is published this autumn.
There will be a book signing following the event. Please bring cash or cheque if you wish to purchase a book.