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Home Front Book Launch at the Hive

A new book exploring the British Home Front, the experiences of families and the shift in domestic and working lives during war is being launched at The Hive on Remembrance Day.

The Home Front in Britain: Images, Myths and Forgotten Experience Since 1914 interrogates the meaning and images of the British home and family. It includes case studies of land-girls, canal boat women, national savings, war widow allowances and clothes rationing.

The book launch is taking place on Remembrance Day, 11 November at 5pm, and books will be available to be purchased and signed by editors Professor Maggie Andrews, cultural historian at the University of Worcester, and Dr Janis Lomas, social and women's historian who worked in universities for over 20 years and has been associated with the Women's History network since 1992.

The launch proceeds The Hive’s Question Time-style debate with the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) on Tuesday 11 November at 6pm, where Professor Andrews is a guest speaker.
The debate commemorates the centenary of the First World War. Both events are free to attend and are sponsored by Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy.

Professor Andrews is acting as an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded adviser to the BBC in the West Midlands on its World War One at Home project and is the historical consultant for the new BBC Radio 4 drama set on the Home Front in World War One.

Speaking on the topic of the debate at The Hive, Professor Andrews said: “Many of us are aware of the high death toll of World War One and are familiar with images of the Union Jack draped over coffins returning to this country as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, such deaths are only the tip of the iceberg. There is a tendency to forget that war destroys communities and fractures families. Participation in war has prolonged physical and emotional effects for those directly involved but also for their loved ones and children. The horror of war experienced in everyday lives, behind closed doors in homes should not be forgotten.”

The debate is organised in conjunction with The RSA, a 27,000 national fellowship involved in research, development projects and public debates about future prospects, challenges and solutions.
The Remembrance Day debate is the fourth in a series of a joint initiative between the RSA and The Hive to involve the public in topical discussions.

Tickets for the debate are free of charge, as funded by the Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy, and can be collected on Level 1 Information Pod at The Hive. For more event information please visit