The National Archives to host talk on post-WW1 Britain

Taking place on Friday 19 November, ‘Victory and Loss: Britain after the First World War’ will look at significant examples of memorialisation, showing a very human side of Britain in the aftermath of WW1.

Peace Day 1919

What is the talk about?

Part of The National Archives’ What’s Online series and presented by Dr William Butler, Head of Military Records, Victory and Loss: Britain after the First World War will look at significant examples of memorialisation following World War 1, such as the Cenotaph created in Whitehall, the reburial of the executed nurse Edith Cavell, and the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

Both a joyous victory and a solemn reminder of all that had been lost – the end of the World War 1 brought people together in national celebration, yet also deep grief and mourning. This conflicting time is brought to life as William Butler looks at both aspects of Britain in peacetime.

Join him as he explores the widespread joy felt throughout Britain, exemplified at the 1919 Peace Day celebrations, yet also uncovers the deep trauma felt nationally.

When is the talk?

The talk will take place online on Friday 19 November 2021 at 2pm and will last approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Tickets are offered at ‘pay what you can’ prices on Eventbrite.

How do I join the talk?

This online talk will be presented on Microsoft Teams. You do not need a Teams account to join an event and can select the ‘Join anonymously’ option to join from your browser if preferred. If you are accessing the event from a mobile device, you will need to download the Teams app. For the best experience, it’s recommended you use either a laptop or desktop computer.

You will receive a reminder email, including a link to join in advance of the event. Find more information on attending a Teams event at Microsoft Support.

1921 Census of England and Wales

This event is part of the 20sPeople season at The National Archives. To tie in with the release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales in January 2022, the programme will explore and share stories connecting the people of the 1920s with us in the 2020s.

See also

WW1 notices

WW1 medals

The history of Armistice Day

Memories of D-Day

Find out more

Victory and Loss: Britain after the First World War (Eventbrite)

20sPeople (The National Archives)

The 1921 Census (The National Archives)

Attend a live event (Microsoft)

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Publication date: 18 November 2021

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