Blog: New Perspectives: Thiepval Memorial Museum, France

Hanna Smyth, who is completing her DPhil on the relationship between Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites and identity, recently contributed to the Museum of Oxford‘s blog as part of the Young Innovators group. Her article on Thiepval Memorial Museum can be found here.

Call for volunteers: ‘FWW Family Day’, Museum of Oxford, 1 August 2016

The Museum of Oxford has an exciting opportunity for PhDs or postdocs interested in a very short-term community engagement project. They’re hosting a “FWW Family Day” on August 1st, and are looking for some help in planning the activities and writing information sheets. The museum is centrally located in the Town Hall (right near Carfax Tower).

This would at most involve attending four short planning sessions before August 1st, with optional (but very welcome) attendance on the day itself. A good opportunity for anyone looking to add some FWW-related community engagement to their CV.

They are fairly desperate for assistance with this, and we’re hoping that with such a strong community of FWW experts in Oxford, including ~20 PhDs and postdocs, that someone will be able to help them out!

If interested, please contact Chloe Cadge at the Museum of Oxford,

Play on WW1 Oxford – While They’re Away: The story of a city at war

While They’re Away: The story of a city at war
The Old Museum, Oxford

7.30pm on 12 and 13 March
2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm on 14 March
£5/£4 concessions

A compelling new play drawn from authentic accounts of life at the home front in First World War Oxford. This original production brings to light the city’s role in the ‘War to end all wars’ and the parallel stories of the local people whose lives it changed forever. Playwright, Jeremy Allen has worked with members of the local community and delved into local archives to uncover the WW1 experiences of a varied cast of characters from Oxford’s past: including Siegfried Sassoon and Lady Ottoline Morrell, as well as many whose stories have yet to be told. City landmarks and buildings take on new meaning as their war-time role is revealed. The drama is performed in the Old Museum at Oxford Town Hall, the site of one of Oxford’s WW1 military hospitals.

An UnderConstruction Theatre production in partnership with the Museum of Oxford. Created as part of the Lost Voices of Oxford’s Great War, a community project to uncover the city’s untold First World War stories. Generously funded by the Heritage Lottery.

Age guideline: 12+

There will also be 2 schools performances with an accompanying workshop on Thursday 12 March & Friday 13 March, 10am-1pm (including break time). For more information or to book your class on a workshop please e-mail:

Ticket office: 01865 305305
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Or in person at the Oxford Playhouse Box Office

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