Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Glass Tank set to exhibit The War Beyond the Western Front

Wednesday, 02 November 2016

War beyond the western front exhibition

The upcoming Glass Tank exhibition on “The War Beyond the Western Front” features the research undertaken through a collaborative project between Tudor Georgescu, Stephen Barker and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire (SOFO) Museum, and kindly funded by the AHRC Centre for Hidden Histories at the University of Nottingham.

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War, the project aimed to shed a new light on the history and heritage of the Ox and Bucks battalions’ contribution to the war beyond the Western Front. The aim of the project was to research both the neglected histories of the soldiers’ experiences of theatres in the Balkans, in Italy, Russia and Mesopotamia, and to also bring together Brookes students and museum volunteers. 

Oxford Brookes students’ Steve Warner and Helen Brady helped research the project, and also attended 3 days of conservation training at the museum in order to understand and work with the archival material effectively. Two of the panels that will be on display were co-written by Steve. 

SOFO Exhibition

Visitors at the SOFO exhibition 

The first part of the exhibition showcasing the work carried out by the students and volunteers went on display at SOFO on 17 September. The exhibition is now coming to Brookes along with a collection of artifacts on loan from the museum. A highlight of the exhibition will be a series of stereoscopic images converted into 3D anaglyphs, and it will all be displayed at The Glass Tank: Oxford Brookes' own exhibition space to further bring these incredible stories to life.

“The War Beyond the Western Front” runs at The Glass Tank between 18 November and 16 December 2016 and is open to all.  

See the project website or contact Tudor Georgescu (tgeorgescu@brookes.ac.uk) for more information