27 April—28 April 2019

Commemoration, conflict and conscience: The hidden stories of WW1

This national festival looks at the hidden stories of World War One through talks, stands, films, puppets, walks and arty things to do.

Bringing together community groups, performers, artists, historians, academics and activists, the day will examine the stories of:

  • Conscientious objectors to military service
  • Strikes
  • Mutinies
  • Desertion
  • Absenteeism
  • The men executed by the British military and the Shot at Dawn campaign, which fought for them to be pardoned
  • The global reach of the war
  • Colonial and commonwealth experiences
  • Women’s peace activism

This free weekend of activity is timed to coincide with the centenary of the release of many absolutist conscientious objectors from prison in April 1919.

This event is supported by University of BristolArts and Humanities Research Council, Everyday Lives in War, Remembering the Real WW1 and M Shed.