Study Day: Soldiers & Technology
£10 (includes lunch)
From artillery to wireless, from the Lee Enfield to tracer bullets, learn how technology was applied and adapted to win the war. You’ll get hands on with a Tommy’s kit, gain a deeper understanding of weaponry and uncover the little known history of telecommunication technology in the war.
Join experts Jonathan Ferguson and Tim Lynch for a day exploring technology and the First World War.
Jonathan Ferguson (Curator of Firearms, Royal Armouries):
The tools of modern warfare were forged in the crucible of the First World War. Victorian innovations like the machine gun resulted in an unprecedented death toll, and brought the war to a costly, grinding halt on the Western Front. Yet technology also offered the solution to this deadlock. Existing and even forgotten arms and armour were harnessed in new ways, and entirely new classes of weapon produced that would allow one side to take the fight to the enemy and end the war.
Tim Lynch (Military Historian):
It has often been said that soldiers going 'over the top' on the Somme were so weighed down with equipment they could hardly move. This talk examines the myth and explores what kit Tommy carried and why.
This study day accompanies our latest exhibition ‘In Their Footsteps’ which explores how the lives of people from Leeds were affected during the First World Ware. To find out more visit leeds.gov.uk/footsteps