Talk in Lewes to shed light on the Great War

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An insight into the social impact of the Great War will be given at a talk in Lewes on Monday November 10 by Dr Lucy Noakes, a reader in history at the University of Brighton.

The Lewes History Group is hosting the talk at King’s Church building in Brooks Road at 7pm by Dr Noakes.

This illustrated lecture will reflect on some of the ways that the war shaped Lewes, Sussex and wider British society, discussing the extent to which it can be understood as a ‘watershed’ in British history.

A spokesperson for the Lewes History Group said: “Lucy is an authority on the social impact of the ‘Great War’ of 1914-1918 in Lewes and in Sussex.

“How it shaped the lives of almost everyone in Britain, leaving in its wake a society shaken not only by the enormous loss of life, but by the huge social, political and cultural shifts that the war had bought about.

“Women were employed, often close to the front line, in huge numbers; air raids had, for the first time in British history, killed and injured civilians; rationing had been introduced; the franchise had been extended and war memorials could be found in almost every British city, town and village.”

Sussex had a key role in the war, being close to the Western Front.

It was home to large numbers of army camps housing soldiers from around the UK and worldwide; was where many hospitals for the war wounded were located; and also accommodated significant numbers of refugees from occupied Belgium.

Tickets £3 non-members and £2 members. There will be free refreshments.