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LSE Library launches First World War digital exhibition as Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014 begins

To mark the start of LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, LSE Library has launched WW1 @ LSE: a common cause, an online exhibition featuring a selection of digital images related to the First World War. The exhibition draws on the Library’s collections to provide a selection of materials which highlight the personal, political and social consequences of the conflict.
The Literary Festival and the digital exhibition are the first stage of LSE’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the conflict over the next four years. LSE has also launched a dedicated First World War webpage, FWWLSE, featuring details of public events, research and other related media.

First World War gravesHighlights from LSE Library’s online exhibition include the varied role played by women on the home front, such as driving ambulances for the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and painting Hammersmith underground station. Other images give an international perspective on the conflict, revealing mass production in a German munition factory and an decorative album given to the British hosts of Belgium’s war refugees. A selection of images featured in the exhibition are available to download and use in media publications here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjT1gRj4  

Elizabeth Chapman, Director of LSE Library Services, says: ‘LSE Library’s digital exhibition on the First World War will help protect and preserve the Library’s collections in the social sciences for future generations of researchers, as well as raise awareness of the unique role that LSE played in the conflict. As with all of the Digital Library’s projects, WW1 @ LSE: a common cause will be free to access, part of the Library’s long-term commitment to build partnerships with the wider public through our unique collections.’
LSE’s 6th Space for Thought Literary Festival will take place between Monday 24 February and Saturday 1 March 2014. This year’s theme, ‘Reflections’, includes a focus on the centenary of the First World War and the value of remembering, and explores the distinctive qualities of the social sciences' and the arts' approaches to understanding the world. The Festival includes talks, readings, panel discussions and film screenings, as well as creative writing workshops and children’s events. Speakers include Melvyn Bragg, AS Byatt, Tracy Chevalier, Professor Paul Dolan, Stella Duffy, Sebastian Faulks, Patrick Flanery, Professor Margaret Macmillan, Kenan Malik and Michael Rosen.
All of the events at LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014 are free to attend and open to everyone: they can be booked online via LSE Public Events.
Peter Carrol, LSE Library Communications, 020 7852 3525, p.carrol@lse.ac.uk
Notes for Editors:
London School of Economics (LSE) Library was founded in 1896 as the British Library of Political and Economic Science. The Library has the aim of systematically collecting all available material from around the world on the subjects studied by the School.
The Library’s collection currently contains over four million separate items, including rare books, unique archives, photographs, campaigning objects such as badges, posters and pamphlets, as well as the extensive electronic research collections required of a modern international research library.
For further information on LSE Library please visit www.lse.ac.uk/library
For further information on LSE’s Public Events schedule please visit www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents