Raids, Rations and Rifles

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Read more about Islington during the First World War here

‘Raids, Rations and Rifles’ commemorates the centenary of the Great War. It remembers those who served on the front line and explores everyday life in the borough, as the First World War was brought unavoidably into people’s homes and lives.

The exhibition is free and running at Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB, from Friday 19 October 2018 until to Tuesday 15 January 2019. There are also a number of associated events, see below:

 


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Talk: Raids, Rations and Rifles – Islington during the First World War
When: Tuesday 30 October, from 6-8pm
Where: Finsbury Library
Cost: Free
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A talk commemorating the centenary of the Great War in Islington and Finsbury. In the London Metropolitan Boroughs of Islington and Finsbury (now a part of Islington), from 1914 until 1918, many families lost a father, brother, son or other relative on the battlefield during the conflict. The cost of the war against Germany and its partners was considerable. Almost one million people lost their lives from Britain and its dominions alone and nearly 10,000 of these were linked in some way to Islington.

‘Raids, Rations and Rifles’ remembers those who served on the front line, as well as exploring everyday life in the borough as the conflict was brought unavoidably to people’s homes and lives.

Presented by Mark Aston, Local History Manager at Islington Museum and Local History Centre.

Walk: Raids, Rations and Rifles – Finsbury during the First World War
When: 
Saturday 3 November, from 11am-12.30pm
Where: Meet at outside Farringdon Station
Cost: Free
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This walk tells the story of Finsbury during the First World War. You’ll hear about the men who left for the battlefield with local regiments such as the Finsbury Rifles and the German bombs that terrorised those remaining on the home front. You’ll also learn about a famous conscientious objector who was imprisoned for refusing to fight.

As we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end, this walk will look at how those who lost their lives in this war have been remembered – both in memorials erected in the immediate post-war period and in the series of street plaques Islington has installed for the centenary commemoration.

Led by Jen Pedlar (Islington Guided Walks), the walk finishes at Islington Museum, St John Street, where you will have the opportunity to visit the ‘Raids, Rations and Rifles’ exhibition.

Talk: Germany’s First World War air raids on London – Islington and Finsbury
When
: Thursday 15 November, from 6-7.30pm
Where: Islington Museum
Cost: Free
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The first enemy air raids on England during the First World War were carried out by Zeppelin airships in January 1915. Civilians in Britain, for the first time, were on the firing line. And, the residents and workers of Islington and Finsbury were not to escape from these ‘terror’ attacks.

Islington was to feature in the first and final raids on London. These attacks and more will be recounted by Ian Castle, a leading expert on the history of Germany’s First World War aerial campaign against Britain.

Walk: Raids, Rations and Rifles – Finsbury during the First World War
When:
Saturday 17 November, from 11am-12.30pm
Where: Meet at outside Farringdon Station
Cost: Free
Book here via Eventbrite

This walk tells the story of Finsbury during the First World War. We’ll hear about the men who left for the battlefield with local regiments such as the Finsbury Rifles and the German bombs that terrorised those remaining on the home front. We’ll also learn about a famous conscientious objector who was imprisoned for refusing to fight.

As we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end, this walk will look at how those who lost their lives in this war have been remembered – both in memorials erected in the immediate post-war period and in the series of street plaques Islington has installed for the centenary commemoration.

Led by Denise Gillard-Parrin (Islington Guided Walks), the walk finishes at Islington Museum, St John Street, where you will have the opportunity to visit the ‘Raids, Rations and Rifles’ exhibition.

Performance: Bravo! Islington: the First World War in word and song
When: 
Monday 26 November, from 6-7.30pm
Where: Islington Museum
Cost: Free
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An evening commemorating Islington during the First World War in word and song. Chris Millington and Company present a programme of poetry and other readings from the First World War. This includes well-known verse by Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brook and Siegfried Sassoon, as well as work by lesser-known and Islington-related poets. Readings will also feature writings and letters from soldiers and extracts from local accounts and newspapers.

Patricia Hammond (mezzo) and Matt Redman (multi-instrumentalist) specialise in researching songs of the Great War. Here they perform a selection of songs made famous during the conflict. Patricia and Matt’s performance will include their arrangement of Bravo! Islington, a song written by Islington-born Corporal Thomas Uren, who was killed in action in 1918 just two years after publishing his work. The song was performed by the duo during the Stroud Green Festival in June 2018. It is believed that this is the first time Corporal Uren’s work has been performed in public for over a century!

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