1914-18 War Memorial in Smithills Hall Chapel, Bolton

This blog post was written by David Williams, Chairman of the Friends of Smithills Hall This Memorial is located in a Chapel which, according to accounts, was initially established on this site in 792AD by Eanbald, Archbishop of York and Aethelbert, Bishop of Hexham and dedicated to the ‘Blessed Virgin Mary’. The land on which Smithills … Continue reading 1914-18 War Memorial in Smithills Hall Chapel, Bolton

Exploring Newspaper Advertisements from WWI (Manchester Evening News, 1917)

This blog post was written by Beverley Ho, a volunteer for Archives+. During the First World War, newspapers were a fundamental source of new, up to date information to the public otherwise had no access to. Therefore buying and reading the local newspapers was very popular and necessary. During this time, newspapers were printed in … Continue reading Exploring Newspaper Advertisements from WWI (Manchester Evening News, 1917)

Manchester’s Industrial War: A view from the factories

As much as the history of World War One is a story of military engagements, of vital importance for victory was success in the industrial war at home. Put simply, Britain needed to produce the many millions of bombs, bullets, and other vital materials to successfully defeat the Germans on the Western (and other) fronts, but … Continue reading Manchester’s Industrial War: A view from the factories