As a former military establishment, at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life it is easy to glimpse the impact of war for both the military and civilian populations of Lincoln. We ponder questions such as; How would recruits prepare for war? What role did Lincoln’s industry play? What happened to those who refused to fight? What changes in technology (in particular transport) were caused by the war? How would young people have been affected by the war?
Being set within the military barracks, the focus upon aspects of the two World Wars is particularly interesting! Lincoln is also the home of the tank (the gallery contains an original and rare Mark 4). As well as touring the collections we also consider how civilians in Lincolnshire were affected by the war and review the primary sources to delve deeper into the history of the time.
Workshop options to choose from are:
Tour: WW1 themed museum tour exploring the collection and war related theme . How did the industry of Lincoln contribute to the war effort? What was the role of female munitions worked during the war? Consider the role that industry and technology played during the war.
Home Front: What was life like on the Home Front during WW1? Explore aspects of life including food consumption and rationing from 1918. Find out about the impact of the war on local people.
Recruitment: Consider how soldiers were recruited for the war and what medical checks they underwent. Explore examples of volunteering and and conscription, including activities linked to propaganda and censorship.