ERC=Science² Public Lecture Series: Lecture 4 – When Tommy Came Limping Home: Exploring the gendering of care for disabled WW1 ex-serviceman

Part of the ERC=Science² project, Jessica Meyer presents Lecture 4 in this series showcasing the cutting-edge research being undertaken by European Research Council grant holders at Leeds

Date: 21-06-2017
Time: 16:30 -

The talks, on a wide range of subjects from atmospheric chemistry to social history, are open to all and offer a unique insight into the step-change thinking being applied to global issues via prestigious EU funding grants here at the University of Leeds.

Lecture 4 – When Tommy Came Limping Home: Exploring the gendering of care for disabled WW1 ex-serviceman

Speaker - Dr Jessica Meyer, School of History
16:30, 21st June 2017, Room G.02 Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds

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 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.

All the lectures are open to all and free to attend but please register here

Location: Room G.02 Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds
Cost: Free (registration is required)