Voices of War & Peace

Voices of War & Peace First World War Engagement Centre Update
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20 October 2017 – 14 January 2018
University of Birmingham and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Beyond the Battlefields is an exhibition assembled from a unique series of images made by photographer Käthe Buchler (1876-1930) before and during the First World War in Germany and which are part of the collection of the Museum of Photography, Braunschweig, where Buchler lived and worked. This is the first time that Buchler’s work has been displayed outside Germany.

There will be two exhibitions in Birmingham: at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), focusing on Buchler’s images of women and children, and at the University of Birmingham, Aston Webb Rotunda Gallery, where her photographs of injured soldiers will be displayed alongside material relating to the University’s role as a hospital during the War.

Beyond the Battlefields is a touring exhibition co-organised by the University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Photomuseum Braunschweig and the AHRC funded First World War Engagement Centres at the University of Birmingham (www.voicesofwarandpeace.org) and the University of Hertfordshire (everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk).

The exhibition will then tour to the Grosvenor Gallery, part of the Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2 February – 1 March 2018 and the University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield, 15 March – 5 May 2018.

http://www.voicesofwarandpeace.org/voices-activity/beyond-the-battlefields/

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Events programme November – December 2017

Workshop: Project planning around women, war & photography
Saturday 4 November, 13.00-16.00
Library of Birmingham, Wolfson Research Centre
This session will focus on the experiences of women and children during conflict. We will explore the archive collections and look at some examples of projects that have worked on this subject area. There will also be time at the end of the session to visit the exhibition at BMAG with the exhibition curators.

Please contact Nicola Gauld, Voices Centre Coordinator, for more information or to book a place:n.gauld@bham.ac.uk, 0121 464 3209

Walk: University History and Architecture: the war years (1914-1945)
Monday 13 November, 12.45-13.30
University of Birmingham
Join Research and Cultural Collections as we explore the history of the University through the war years. On this tour you will find out about the University’s role during the world wars and how staff and students alike contributed to the war effort. Your journey will be guided by key architectural features and objects cared for by the Research and Cultural Collections.
The tour will start at 12.45, and the meeting point is the ‘Old Joe’ Clock Tower. Please arrive at 12.35 to ensure that the tour can start promptly.

To book a place please visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/university-history-and-architecture-the-war-years-1914-1945-tickets-36746689337
 
Symposium: Beyond the Battlefields: Women & Photography in WW1 
Saturday 18 November, 11.00-16.30
Library of Birmingham, Heritage Learning Space
Beyond the Battlefields: women and photography in WW1 symposium will explore the role of women photographers across Europe during the Great War. There will be an opportunity at the end of the event to visit the exhibition at BMAG with the exhibition curators.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 17–25 November. For further information please see https://beinghumanfestival.org/

To book a place please visit https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/beyond-the-battlefields-women-and-photography-in-ww1/
 
Workshop: Pinhole Photography
Saturday 25 November, 12.30-15.30
Aston Webb Great Hall, University of Birmingham 
Photographic artist and educator, Jo Gane, leads this workshop exploring analogue photography techniques. Attendees will use recycled materials to construct a working analogue pinhole camera which can be used to photograph the Aston Webb Building and objects from the Research and Cultural Collections, exploring links to the history of the University during the First World War. Analogue negative images will be made on silver gelatin paper that will be processed during the workshop using a small portable darkroom, then ‘printed’ using your own smartphone technology.
During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in the Rotunda Gallery.

For more information and to book a place please visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-the-battlefields-pinhole-photography-workshop-tickets-38494318543
 
Workshop: Project planning around WW1, medicine/injuries & photography
Thursday 30 November, 17.30-19.00
University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library Seminar Room 
This session will focus on the experiences of injured soldiers and the staff who treated them. The session will explore the Cadbury Research Library’s collection and look at some examples of projects that have worked on this subject area. There will also be time at the start of the session to visit the exhibition in the Rotunda Gallery with the exhibition curators.

Please contact Nicola Gauld, Voices Centre Coordinator, for more information or to book a place:n.gauld@bham.ac.uk, 0121 464 3209
 
Symposium: Birmingham &  the Great War: medicine/trauma/injury 
Saturday 9 December, 10.30-16.30
University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library Seminar Room 
This symposium will explore the role that the University of Birmingham played during the Great War and the impact that it had on staff and students. It will also more widely explore the impact of injury on servicemen, both during and after the conflict. There will be an opportunity at the end of the event to visit the exhibition at the Rotunda Gallery with the exhibition curators.

For more information and to book a place please visit Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-the-great-war-medicine-trauma-injury-tickets-36744031387
All photographs by Käthe Buchler: Self-portrait, c.1905; Children from the A.V.G. with Pickelhaube (spiked helmet) in front of a puppet theatre on Hindenburg’s birthday; Woman train conductors.
 © Estate of Käthe Buchler - Museum für Photographie Braunschweig/Deposit Stadtarchiv Braunschweig
 
 
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