Christmas in the Trenches 1914-1918 (Ticketed)

Tuesday 09 August 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm.

The talk

This talk looks at the way British soldiers celebrated Christmas whilst on active service during the First World War. Covering all theatres of war the talk uses letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs, to examine key themes such as food and drink, festive recreational activities and fraternisation with the enemy including the famous Christmas Truce of 1914.

The speaker

Alan Wakefield graduated from the University of Reading in 1990 with a degree in History and followed this with an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. For the past five years Alan has held the position of Section Head – Photographs, being responsible for the curatorial team managing the Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive. In 2006 he wrote ‘Christmas in the Trenches 1914 – 1918.’

Participant information

All talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1–1½ hours, with tea, coffee & cake available between 6pm-6.30pm in Crawley Hall.


£12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers



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