Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Higher Purpose: Newcastle University at War

18 December 2014, 6pm @ Robinson Library (Level 1, Room 152), Newcastle University

Lecture by Ian Johnson, Archivist at Newcastle University Special Collections

Newcastle University’s Robinson Library warmly invites you to a talk on 18 December on the experience of the University during the First World War. Entitled ‘A Higher Purpose: Newcastle University at War’, Archivist Ian Johnson explores how the buildings were requisitioned and became the 1st Northern General Hospital, treating over 40,000 servicemen from 1914 to 1919. Find out what life was like on these wards, the work of a surgeon who went on to invent Lucozade, and some of the stories of the estimated 276 students, alumni, and staff who lost their lives in the conflict.

This hour long talk will commence at 6pm on Level 1 of the Robinson Library, Room 152. There will also be an opportunity to view the accompanying exhibition on Level 2 of the library, as well as additional unique and rare material that wasn’t included.

Entrenched (A Work in Progress) – Miscreations Clown Company

Tuesday 9 December, 7pm @ Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

The Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts invites you to a work-in-progress performance of ‘Entrenched’, a new one-person clown show from Miscreations Theatre. The show is inspired by the First World War sketch journals of Major Guy Laing Bradley from Hexham, who fought in the front-line trenches. The performance will also contain animation and filmed elements, and will be of particular interest to writers and those working around issues of performance. As the performance is a work in progress, the director and performer will be seeking feedback and comments from, and to engage in discussion with the audience to explore the extent to which clowning can effectively interpret this kind of challenging material. Further information on the work is available here.

The performance will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 9 December in Culture Lab, Newcastle University. Entry to this event is free of charge, and includes a pre-show supper, but please contact Melanie Birch ( to reserve a place.