Pacifism and Protest

Words by Sabine Grimshaw, AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Student

GrimshawI am currently undertaking a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the University of Leeds and the Imperial War Museum. My research looks at the representation and experience of male and female war resisters during the First World War. My PhD focuses on how the press represented male and female war resisters, with a particular emphasis on constructions of gender. In addition, specific case studies of war resisters within a local context will be used to compare the perception and experience of those engaged in anti-war activity.

Since April, I have been the guest curator of an exhibition on conscientious objection to the First World War for Leeds University Library’s Special Collections. This exhibition will be the first temporary exhibition in the new ‘Treasures of the Brotherton’ Gallery, based in Parkinson Court. Using the extensive and varied material held in the Liddle Collection, I have selected objects for the display which will be based on the experience of conscientious objectors and those connected to them.