Our current exhibition in Special Collections & Archives is World War One in 100 Objects, which shows objects collected by David McGivern and Alan Manning. They started collecting about twelve years ago when Dave was looking around a car boot sale and saw a couple of WW2 medals in an old bowl with bits of costume jewellery. As he looked at the medals he felt so sorry for the man who earned them, that they should end up in a car boot sale, as if they meant nothing at all. After that, he went around car boot sales and markets looking for all kinds of militaria and he takes this collection and puts it on show to raise money for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Crosby.
The exhibition features a variety of objects including trench art, a Liverpool Pals cap badge, bayonets, barbed wire and cutters, shrapnel, helmets, a 1914 writing pouch, shell casing, and a snipers mirror (some of these items are shown in the pictures). The exhibition runs until 10 April, and is situated on the lower ground floor of Aldham Robarts Library.
This exhibition was put on in collaboration with the Merseyside at War 1914-1918 project, who also put on a live debate last night featuring Paul McGann; “Merseyside at War, 1914-1918 presents ‘The Monocled Mutineer’”. Nearly thirty years after The Monocled Mutineer was broadcast, Paul McGann, who played Percy Toplis in the award winning BBC drama and World War One expert Professor Gary Sheffield participated in a live debate hosted by Professor Frank McDonough.
The Merseyside at War Project will be holding drop-in sessions in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room in Aldham Robarts Library on Monday 23 and Monday 30 March between 1.00 and 4.00pm, for staff, students and visitors to come along and share their family stories with us.