Memories of World War I

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As part of the British Home Front week in St Andrews, the University Library’s Special Collections Division is hosting a drop-in session on the morning of Saturday 23 June, where visitors can see surviving original letters, diaries, postcards and photographs from World War I.… Read more

Life on the British Home Front

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To coincide with the conference and community events being held in St Andrews from the 18th – 23rd of June on The Home Front we have selected a range of items from the Russell Cawthorn (WWI) Collection to display in the Main Library.… Read more

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To coincide with the conference and community events being held in St Andrews from the 18th – 23rd of June on The Home Front we have selected a range of items from the Russell Cawthorn (WWI) Collection to display in the Main Library.… Read more

The Great War at 100 – by Dr Tim Wilson

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As the date of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence Symposium – Political Violence and the Long Great War 1914-1923 approaches, Dr Tim Wilson from the School of International Relations provides some reflections on browsing the Russell Cawthorn (WWI) Collection in the Main Library. … Read more

John Cawthorn: My Interest in The Great War

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In the following post John Cawthorn talks about his interest in The Great War and why he chose to deposit his collection of WWI materials with the University of St Andrews Library

The genesis of The Russell Cawthorn Collection occurred many years ago when I was suffering from a bout of (real, not man!) influenza, and someone gave me a copy of Martin Middlebrook’s book on “The First Day on the Somme”, as I was known to be mildly interested in military matters. Read more

World War I: Marking the Centenary

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This June marks 100 years since the start of World War I. To commemorate the Centenary of ‘The Great War’, the University of St Andrews Library has decided to display materials from our collections for Library users and members of the general public to appreciate.… Read more

Library marks First World War Centenary

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2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.… Read more

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 17: How to Pack for Active Service

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Reconstruction of Soldier’s pack from World War I

This week we have tried to bring together the kit that a soldier would have carried to the front on active service in World War I.… Read more