Midland History Society


The Midlands and the Great War: Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Midlands was one of the powerhouses of the British war effort during the Great War. It was a major centre for the production of munitions, weapons and military equipment. There was also a ready response to Kitchener’s ‘call to arms. ‘Pals’ battalions’ were not as common as they were in other parts of the country and only Birmingham really raised any, but the Territorial Force was strong, especially in Staffordshire. Infantry regiments with strong Midlands connections fielded 210 battalions, which fought in every theatre of the war. About half a million men were also trained in the Midlands in the great encampments on Cannock Chase. This Day Conference takes a fresh look at how the war was experienced in the Midlands, focusing on working-class attitudes, religious values, the mobilization of manufacturing industry, and remembrance.


10.00 Welcome and Introduction by Professor John Bourne (University of Wolverhampton)

10.15 Dr Paul Fantom (Independent Scholar), ‘Working-class Attitudes to the Great War: Some Reflections Concerning the Home Front in the Black Country’


12.00 Dr Wayne Osborne (Independent Scholar), ‘Midlands Manufacturing during the Great War’

13.15 LUNCH

14.00 Rev. Dr Stuart Bell (Honorary Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University), ‘“United We Stand”: The Response of the Churches of the East Midlands to the Great War’


15.45 Claire Jones (University of Wolverhampton), ‘Rolls of Honour, Street Shrines and the Little's Lane Memorial, Wolverhampton’

17:00 General Discussion

17.15 Close


Saturday, 17 June 2017.


The Lord Knight’s Suite,

Tally Ho Conference and Banqueting Centre,

331 Pershore Road,

Birmingham B5 7RN.


Directions : These are available on the Society’s website: http://militaryhistorysociety.com/

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Please find an Application form attached here.


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