A War Story a day from Brighton Museums

During 2014, Brighton & Hove's Royal Pavilion and Museums will mark the centenary of the First World War by posting a story a day (Mon-Fri) about the conflict.

Most of these will be taken from our collections and the work we are doing behind the scenes to commemorate the anniversary. We will also post links to other work going on in the city, and resources that may be useful.

All these stories will hopefully tell you a little about the war, what it meant to Brighton & Hove, and what we can learn from it today.

Aug 27
A cartoon from the August 1916 edition of the Pavilion Blues. A conscript complains to an old soldier, now acting as a mess orderly, that his ‘tea is cold’. The old soldier tartly responds: ‘Well, you blighter, it’s been waiting two years for you.’
The cartoon refers to the tensions between volunteer soldiers and new conscripts. Conscription had been introduced into Britain for the first time in March of that year. Existing soldiers, many of whom had volunteered back in the early months of the war, may have regarded these forced recruits with a certain amount of contempt. By the summer of 1916, some of these volunteer soldiers had been serving for almost two years.
A PDF of this copy of the Pavilion Blues is available as a free download.

A cartoon from the August 1916 edition of the Pavilion Blues. A conscript complains to an old soldier, now acting as a mess orderly, that his ‘tea is cold’. The old soldier tartly responds: ‘Well, you blighter, it’s been waiting two years for you.’

The cartoon refers to the tensions between volunteer soldiers and new conscripts. Conscription had been introduced into Britain for the first time in March of that year. Existing soldiers, many of whom had volunteered back in the early months of the war, may have regarded these forced recruits with a certain amount of contempt. By the summer of 1916, some of these volunteer soldiers had been serving for almost two years.

A PDF of this copy of the Pavilion Blues is available as a free download.


Aug 26
An acrostic poem from the August 1916 edition of the Pavilion Blues. It finds a gentle way of rhyming ‘nurses’ with ‘curses’.
A PDF of the magazine is available as a free download.

An acrostic poem from the August 1916 edition of the Pavilion Blues. It finds a gentle way of rhyming ‘nurses’ with ‘curses’.

A PDF of the magazine is available as a free download.


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Aug 18
Although many recruitment campaigns were organised at a national level, local authorities were also keen to drive recruitment. This poster, produced in September 1914, promotes a mass meeting in The Level. The meeting was preceded by a procession of ‘military forces, public bodies, trades unions, friendly societies and other organisations’. 
The clear aim of the event was to demonstrate that support for the war came from across the political and social spectrum. At the bottom of the poster, the organisers have already proposed a ‘resolution, pledging the meeting to obtain volunteers for Lord Kitchener’s Army’.

Although many recruitment campaigns were organised at a national level, local authorities were also keen to drive recruitment. This poster, produced in September 1914, promotes a mass meeting in The Level. The meeting was preceded by a procession of ‘military forces, public bodies, trades unions, friendly societies and other organisations’. 

The clear aim of the event was to demonstrate that support for the war came from across the political and social spectrum. At the bottom of the poster, the organisers have already proposed a ‘resolution, pledging the meeting to obtain volunteers for Lord Kitchener’s Army’.


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