Here at the Florence Nightingale Museum we have been going slightly World War One crazy. Our desk are full of books covering every topic you could think of around the Great War. We are completely immersed in the topic ready for the launch of our exhibition ‘The Hospital in the Oatfield’ that looks at 10 paintings of Millicent Duchess of Sutherland’s field hospitals of World War One delicately captured by painter Victor Tardieu.
The digital media and online resources that are being produced for the First World War Centenary for a variety of ages and learners are very impressive. Particularly the BBC (see earlier post), the British Library and of course the Imperial War Museum. The learning team at the Florence have particularly enjoyed reading and learning from these great online platforms. The podcasts of the History of the First World War available on iTunes and 1914.org make learning about the the 4 years of the First World War particularly pleasurable and offer some casual tube listening. Each podcast lasts between 15-20 minutes and cover topics such as: ‘Shell Shock’, ‘Wounded’ and ‘Women’s War Services’, narrated beautifully by the Imperial War Museum they include selections of oral history by World War One veterans. The podcast offers a unique opportunity to hear the stories of the soldiers and people it effected. A great learning resource for a variety of ages.