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ERC=Science² Public Lecture When Tommy Came Limping Home: Exploring the ge...
Wed 21 June 2017, 16:30 – 17:30 BST
As part of the ERC=Science² project, a series of public lectures will showcase cutting edge research at the University of Leeds funded by the highly presitigous European Research Council. From atmospheric chemists to musical historians, ERC grant-holders have secured millions of euros of competitive EU funding to undertake frontier research and make groundbreaking discoveries here at the University of Leeds. Come and hear how this research is progressing and the impact it could have on you and the world around you.
Lecture 5: When Tommy Came Limping Home: Exploring the gendering of care for WW1 disabled ex-servicemen through Ministry of Pension records, with Dr Jessica Meyer.
One of the most long-lasting effects of the First World War in Britain was the high number of casualties caused by modern industrial warfare. The response included the formation of the Ministry of Pensions in 1916 and the mobilisation of a range of charitable organisations to provide medical and financial support. In spite of these efforts, much of the day-to-day medical and social care for disabled ex-servicemen devolved to their families, particularly women.
Today 22,852 Ministry of Pensions personal pensioner case files survive, representing 2% of the total ever produced. They contain a range of material including medical reports, enlistment and discharge documents and personal letters. This talk will explore how the creation of a database from these files is enabling the Men, Women and Care ERC project to uncover the voices and experiences of domestic female care-givers. Through the examination of relevant case studies, it will examine how these experience expand our understanding of how care-giving was gendered in the interwar period.