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In this centenary year of the outbreak of the ‘war to end all wars’ The Sussex Archaelogical Society is exploring the impact of the Great War on the Sussex ‘Home Front’ with a one day conference.

On the outbreak of war, rural and municipal leaders in Sussex (as elsewhere) were expected to mobilise manpower and material on the age-old assumption that they would organise the county’s response to a continental war. Recruitment here for the Army resulted in the loss of many young men.

The county’s proximity to the continent was of considerable significance, and many training camps were established here, plus airship bases and other important military installations.

At the conference academics and experts will speak on a range of topics including:

  • The Great War for King, Country and Sussex by the sea: the persistence of county affiliation on the Home Front and its impact – overview
  • Recruits from Sussex and their images of home
  • Prelude to war: the Seaford Camps 1914-1919 and beyond
  • Fading traces of the First World War in Sussex
  • Coping with the war wounded, TB and other medical issues
  • Food supply during the war in Sussex
  • The war on screen: film and cinema in Sussex during the Great War
  • Brighton in 1918 – the impact of the war on a community

On the day after the conference, the Sussex School of Archaeology is offering delegates a range of field trips which will enhance and extend the discussions at the conference itself.

Luke Barber will take a group around the surviving archaeology of the training camp at Seaford Head, Vivienne Blandford will explore the training trenches and rifle ranges in the Ashdown Forest, Andrew Bradshaw will lead a walk to the training airfield at St Anthony’s in Eastbourne and the final visit is to Shoreham.

Details of the events, costs and how to book will be provided with confirmation of your conference booking

Sussex Archaeological Society
Lewes Town Hall
The Home Front: Sussex in the First World War Conference
Location: High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, England, BN7 1XT
Date: 26 April 2014

IMAGE CREDIT: Sussex Archeological Society, The Home Front: Sussex in the First World War Conference: Hove and the Great War: H.M. Walbrook, Cliftonville Press 1920, The Tank ‘Hova’, arriving at Hove Park

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