WWI: Exhibition Explores War Myths and Realities

An exhibition exploring the myths and realities of World War One opens in the Working Class Movement Library in Salford on Wednesday 6 August.

WCML bannerThe first of a series of WW1 exhibitions, it probes behind the myths of war and its ‘glories’ and covers topics such as the soldiers who refused to fight, why some young Salfordians were so eager to enlist, and the strength of the anti-war movement.

‘World War One – myths and realities’ will be accompanied by a series of talks at 2pm on Wednesdays. The currrent programme includes:

24 September  The art of WW1 – John Sculley
1 October  Winifred Letts, local poet – Cynthia Greenwood
8 October  British trade unions and the First World War – John Newsinger.

The exhibition is open during the library’s drop-in times, Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and will run until 19 December 2014.

The Working Class Movement Library has also loaned a range of material to the Portico Library for an exhibition on conflict and community which runs until 30 August.

‘Conflict and community: the impact in Britain’ since 1800 is usually open to non-members of the library at the following times (ring 0161 236 6785 in advance to check):

Monday 9.30-16.30
Tuesday 9.30-17.30
Wednesday 9.30-17.30
Thursday 9.30-17.30
Friday 9.30-16.30
Saturday 11.00-15.00.


More about the Working Class Movement Library can be found here.

The Portico Library is at 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY.

Articles on the ILP and World War One are available here.