The Bodleian draws on its collection of archive letters and diaries of politicians, soldiers and civilians to provide an insight into world war one.
The authors are all connected in some way with Oxford University, and the material relates to the years 1914 to 1916, from the outbreak of war to the end of the Battle of the Somme.
The exhibition examines in particular the enormous challenge of leadership during wartime, and features excerpts from an unauthorised diary of discussions by H. H. Asquith’s cabinet, including colourful references to important future figures such as Winston Churchill.
Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00, Sat 09.00-16.30, Sun 11.00-17.00
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The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches
Bodleian Library, Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle, Broad St, tel. +44(0)1865277224.