The Centre for Hidden Histories and W.Winter Heritage Trust will be hosting a free, one day symposium to explore the story of German Prisoners of War at Donington Hall and Kegworth Camps 1915-1919
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham
The symposium will present research findings inspired by a unique collection of glass plate negatives and prints from the collection of W W Winter Ltd., Photographers of Derby. The images show some of the high-profile officer prisoners, alleged in Parliament to enjoy ‘champagne lifestyles’.
Research has revealed the politics behind their internment, as well as new information about the men themselves, the camps and their organisation and the attempts made by some of the prisoners to escape.
Speakers will include Professor Panikos Panayi (De Montfort University) and Professor John Beckett (University of Nottingham). Papers will be given on topics ranging from the effect of Spanish ‘flu on the prisoners to the propaganda battle over the public image of the camps and the stigma of surrender.
As part of the closing events of the First World War centenary, Hidden Histories have been running a series of trauma and the First World War workshops for community researchers. The idea has been to encourage NHLF First World War Then and Now community researchers to integrate issues in relation to the long-term effects of trauma into their World War One community history projects.
Our project has been awarded a little bit of extra funding from the University of Nottingham School of Medicine to offer a couple more trauma and the First World War workshops, ideally to audiences or in locations that the team have yet to visit. These are likely to be locations such as the South coast and/or the North of England. We are looking for community venues and groups who might like to participate. In terms of the session itself, we would need:
A room with PowerPoint facilities for two hours
A group of participants
The session to run before the end of 2019.
However, apart from that the session would be free of charge, and the group would have the choice of either the a) trauma and the First World War workshop, or b) the trauma, women and the First World War workshop (where the focus is more on gender history). Every participant gets a free copy of the ‘Shell Shock Stories and Beyond: Research Guide and Bibliography’ as part of attending the session. If you are interested in a workshop, please contact: L.Allwork@derby.ac.uk and Andrea.Kocurkova@nottingham.ac.uk
Larissa and Andrea worked with a group of ten engaged, knowledgeable and enthusiastic participants to explore female experiences of trauma during World War I. The concept of shell shock is problematic in gender terms, both because it continues to be primarily associated with male experiences of trench warfare, and because during the war male shell shock sufferers were often stigmatised as being ‘un-manly’. Drawing on the work of researchers like Tracey Loughran, Christine Hallett and Santanu Das, Larissa and Andrea introduced the group to a range of primary sources and sought to explore the various ways through which specific female war-time experiences of trauma were felt, and left their trace in primary sources such as memoirs, pension records and oral histories.