Talk on WWI in Surrey - Life in the Great War

Date Time Location
21st Oct 2016 13:30 King George's Hall (adjacent to the Civic Centre), Esher

Talk: WWI in Surrey: Life in the Great War by Imogen Middleton of Surrey Heritage. One of the Elmbridge Royston Pike Lecture Series.

When: Friday 21 October 2016, 1.30pm

Where: King George's Hall (adjacent to the Civic Centre), off High Street, Esher KT10 9SD

The Great War may have been fought overseas, but it was the first war fought on foreign soil to have such a deep impact on civilian life at home. Every aspect of life was affected - food, clothing, work. Uniforms of all kinds were seen everywhere, buildings could be requisitioned by the army or for use as hospitals and even the landscape changed with open commons used for army camps. The war was also a catalyst for social change with women working and taking on jobs; and class barriers broke down a little, at least temporarily, with everyone suffering the same losses and struggling under the same wartime restrictions and shortages.

Surrey Heritage's four year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, seeks to uncover and share the stories of people and places connected to Surrey on the Home Front. This talk will provide an insight into the project, its key discoveries so far, and a demonstration of the project website.

Imogen Middleton joined Surrey Heritage in April 2015, and prior to, worked as a community fundraiser for a disability charity in Devon.

There is no need to book. Tickets are available at the door. £3 per person.

If you would like further information on this talk, please do not hesitate to contact Tristen Hennigs, Arts Development Officer at Elmbridge Borough Council on 01372 474 584, email

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