Sheffield Hallam commemorates World War I Armistice centenary

To mark the centenary of the end of The Great War, Sheffield Hallam University has organised a series of workshops and events.

‘The 1918 Project’ is a programme of activity focused on educating local school and college children and recognising the social and economic impact of The Great War.

As part of the project, an open day at Collegiate Hall, home to Sheffield Hallam’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, on 21 November, will highlight medical developments and advances made during and owing to World War I. During the war, the site was home to the Third Northern General Base Hospital, treating as many as 70,000 wounded soldiers.

The public event will welcome Dr Mike Collins, a retired consultant radiologist and Dr Derek Cullen, a retired consultant physician from the Royal Hallamshire hospital, both of whom will provide a deep insight into the history of the hospital and the accompanying Third West Riding Field Ambulance Service. Sheffield Hallam’s nursing, diagnostic radiography, biochemistry and operating department practice lecturers will also give short talks exploring developments in modern medicine.

There will be a display of healthcare artefacts from the period, including an original nurse’s uniform from the Collegiate Hall site, documenting the last 100 years of healthcare progress.

The University’s schools and colleges engagement team have been visiting schools in and around Sheffield to host workshops, tying in with National Curriculum specifications. The sessions, which have been running since September, focus on post-war events in Russia and Germany, such as the German Revolution, as well as the beginning of partial suffrage for women in Britain in 1918.

The sessions will culminate with a performance of Women in Aktion in the Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab on Arundel Gate, by the theatre group Bent Architect on Wednesday 14 November. This will then be followed by a public lecture on Germany and the 1918 revolution, by Professor Matthew Stibbe, a lecturer in history at Sheffield Hallam. The free event will be held in the Peak Lecture Theatre at the City campus.

Other events marking the centenary of the Armistice at Sheffield Hallam include a public screening of The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks, hosted by Dr Sheldon Hall, a senior lecturer in film at Sheffield Hallam and­ introduced by Dr Lawrence Napper of King’s College London. The film will be screening in The Void on Tuesday 13 November at 6:30pm.

On the centenary of the World War I Armistice on 11 November, the Showroom Cinema will be screening Asunder, a documentary exploring the lives of people from the Tyneside and Wearside areas during the war. The film was directed and produced by Sheffield Hallam film and media production lecturer Esther Johnson and will be shown as part of a series of screenings across the North.

Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Engagement at Sheffield Hallam, said: “The University is proud to be able to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice and help educate our future generations about the dedication, sacrifice and bravery of those who served.”