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First Tuesday: Sarah Hellawell will talk about Students in the North East of England and the Aftermath of the Great War

3 April 2018 @ 19:00

The First World War dramatically affected Durham University, which at the time included Armstrong College and the College of Medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne. 2,683 Durham students and graduates served during the war, 311 of whom died. Many female students also undertook war related work.

Photograph reference: The Northerner, vol.11, no.5, p. 158. University Archive, Newcastle University Library, NUA/13/2
(Click on the photograph to read the names)

Armistice coincided with a steep increase in student numbers across the country, as servicemen enrolled or re-enrolled on courses. In 1918, the Board of Education decided to provide financial support to ex-servicemen. University life was transformed by the wartime experiences of students. Many ex-service students were instrumental in the revival of student societies, debating clubs, representative councils and sports teams.

This talk will explore the impact of the Great War on student life in the North-East. It will shed light on the student-led initiatives to foster a greater sense of internationalism during the interwar years.

This research is part of the ‘British Ex-Service Students and the Rebuilding of Europe Project, 1918-1922′ led by academics at Northumbria, UCL and Sunderland Universities in connection with the National Union of Students and the North-East branch of the Workers’ Educational Association. It has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s WWI Engagement Centre at the University of Hertfordshire.

Sarah Hellawell is a Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Sunderland. Her research interests include transnational social movements, political activism, feminism and pacifism; particularly British and international women’s movements in the twentieth-century.


3 April 2018


Old George Inn
Old George Yard
Newcastle, NE1 1EZ