The Home Front
The story of the first world war extended beyond the trenches of Western Europe.
Back home in Britain:
- Society faced fierce and fundamental changes, including curfew and censorship.
- A seismic shift in the role of women in society was induced by the urgent need for more factory and munitions workers. The men were on the front line and women were needed to fill the gaps back home.
- Arguments raged about conscription and rationing, the Irish political situation worsened, and suspicions of foreign nationals flourished.
- The First World War was a defining period for the British monarchy, transforming the Royal Family into a more modern institution.
- The railways played a major role and were run for the benefit of the armed services.
- Britain suffered its first blitz and during the war 9000 German bombs were dropped on our soil.
- Posters played an essential role in mobilising the population; in conscription, raising funds, food, farming, austerity and war work.
- Victory was achieved at a price and the aftermath had repercussions and long term effects
All members of society were invited to ‘do their bit’.