Sunday, June 1, 2014

SAHAAS Conference: St Albans at War 1914/15

SAHAAS Conference: St Albans at War 1914/15

Troops in St Albans Market
Picture from County Life, 1914

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the war, the Society is organising a conference on Saturday 20th September to consider how the inhabitants of St Albans responded in the difficult first eighteen months of the Great War.

An exciting program is planned:
  • Britain on the Eve of War in 1914
  • St Albans: A City on the Cusp of War
  • “Saturday Night Soldiers” - The St Albans Territorials 1908-15
  • The German City of Worms during the First World War
  • The Army in St Albans
  • Feeding the City
  • The Response of Citizens to Wartime Challenges
If you are interested in the 20th century history of St Albans, or are carrying out research on other towns in Hertfordshire or elsewhere that became training camps for large numbers of territorial troops in 1914, this conference, with its high power speakers, is a must. Book now to ensure you get a place at what is bound to be a very popular conference. 

Having written the book The London Gunners come to Town about Hemel Hempstead during the same period I rushed to make sure I got a ticket before they sell out. I will be very interested to see how the neighbouring towns compared when the 2nd London Division of Territorials "took over" in August 1914. I will also be intrigued to here about how the German population, in the City of Worms, viewed what was happening at the same time.

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