The University of Southampton Special Collections is the home of important military archive collections from the late eighteenth century to the mid twentieth century and covering the Peninsular War and the battle of Waterloo, later nineteenth-century campaigns in Africa, Afghanistan, India, the Crimea as well as the two World Wars. One of the most significant collections at Southampton is the archive of Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington, who was considered by many to be the greatest general of his age. This archive contains extensive material for the Peninsular War as well as for Waterloo and for earlier campaigns in India. Papers of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia during the Second World War, form part of the Broadlands Archives. Drawing on material from these and across a wide range of other collections at Southampton, the exhibition will offer differing insights and reflections on war and warfare. Starting with a reflection on patriotism and duty and those who chose to fight and those who did not, the exhibition also include material from the front line and from the home front, literary reflections and items on commemoration and remembrance.
The exhibition is open weekdays, 10am to 4pm, and runs from 13 October – 12 December 2014. A private view and drinks reception will take place on Thursday, 16 October, 5pm – 7pm. All are welcome.
Venue: Special Collections Gallery, Level 4, Hartley Library, University Road, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ.
These exhibitions form part of the University of Southampton’s Great War: Unknown War programme – a series of events, talks, workshops and conferences taking place in 2014-15 across campus, as part of the wider global WW1 commemoration. A full programme of events can be found at: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/greatwar_unknownwar