'Steam under pressure': Britain’s railways in the First World War
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
The course explores Britain’s railways’ contribution to the war effort including workforce enlistment, transporting participants/weapons and engaging more women. Also considered are the railways’ response to attack and their role in Remembrance and battlefield pilgrimages.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH11
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course considers how the railways prepared for and participated in the First World War. Aspects covered include their part in transporting recruits within Britain and to the Western Front. The railways also carried the weapons required and their factories produced such as well as building/adapting railway coaches for the care/returning of the injured. Many railway men enlisted and often women were recruited to replace them thereby assuming new roles in the railway workforce. The railways too faced the prospect of air attack on land and their ships being sunk. Finally the railways played their part in the Remembrance of the war dead (notably with reference to Nurse Edith Cavell) and taking grieving people to the battlefields.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
How the railways prepared for the Great War
Railway enlistment and transporting participants within Britain and to the Western Front; caring for the injured
Manufacturing and moving weaponry
Women and the railways at war
The railways under attack
The railway and Remembrance.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
How the railways prepared for the Great War; railway enlistment and transporting participants within Britain and to the Western Front; caring for and returning the injured; manufacturing and moving weaponry; women and the railways at war; the railways under attack; the railway and Remembrance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An introductory course. No previous knowledge required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There will be a number of British history courses starting next September at the City Lit. Please see the website.