Remember their lives after the First World War

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are a time to reflect on the ways in which people’s lives have been shaped by war. As well as paying tribute to those who died, Lives of the First World War  remembers those who survived their experiences – many of whom felt the effects of conflict for years to come.

 

First World War veteran Harry Holmes looking at old photographs of himself. © Ian Beesley

First World War veteran Harry Holmes looking at old photographs of himself. © Ian Beesley

  • Magic Lantern Tales

While working as artist in residence at Moor Psychiatric Hospital in Lancaster in the 1990s, photographer Ian Beesley took powerful images of surviving veterans of the First World War.  Ian has since collaborated with poet Ian McMillan to produce Magic Lantern Tales, a performance which combines storytelling, photography and poetry based on these First World War experiences.

 

  • Share your own images
Arthur Bailey, ex-Leicestershire Regiment, and his wife Florrie after the First World War. Image uploaded by their great grandchild.

Arthur Bailey, ex-Leicestershire Regiment, and his wife Florrie after the First World War. Image uploaded by their great grandchild.

Inspired by the Magic Lantern project, we are asking you to upload photographs, type up anecdotes about your First World War connections, and help us to remember their lives after the war.

This November, share with us the post-war experiences of relatives, community members or individuals that you have researched.

 

  • Tell us about your contributions on Twitter and Facebook, and look out for some of your featured stories in our social media feed in the run up to Remembrance Sunday and 11 November.

 

 

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