Sheffield & the First World War
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a conflict which impacted on millions of people all over the world. As museums around the UK mark the centenary, we launch a new exhibition which explores Sheffield’s experience of a global tragedy.
Sheffield & the First World War draws on the first hand experiences of Sheffield’s people, both at home and on military service, and tells their stories through objects and documents from the city’s collections. Many of these stories reveal a less well-known side of the war, such as the Zepellin air ship raid on Sheffield which killed 28 civilians, or the influx of Belgian casualties and refugees who arrived in the city in 1914.
Sheffield & the First World War will reveal some of the social changes triggered by war, such as the employment of women in Sheffield’s armaments industry and other jobs previously reserved for men. Visitors will also find out about the formation of the Sheffield City ‘Pals’ Battalion, formed in 1914 and ‘two years in the making’, only to be decimated in hours on the first day of the Somme offensive.
From poignant personal possessions, to mementoes brought back to Sheffield from the front, the exhibition will illustrate the very local and personal impact of the war to end all wars.
See below for a slideshow of some of the objects visitors can find on display in the exhibition: