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Current Maughan Library exhibition

1914-18: the most stupendous struggle

Men of the Royal Naval Division charging from a trench, Gallipoli, 1915 (LHCMA, Hamilton 7/12)

The Weston Room
Maughan Library
Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1LR

Tuesday 6 May - Wednesday 24 September 2014

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 09.30 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War we have selected 50 items from the collections of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, the College Archive and Foyle Special Collections Library, King’s College London, each one providing a unique perspective on the conflict.    

Exhibits include: 

  • A photograph album of the Western Front compiled by liaison officer Captain Edward Louis Spears
  • An unused 100-year old packet of cigarettes, one of the items included in the Christmas tin of gifts sent to all service personnel in 1914 at the instigation of Princess Mary, daughter of George V
  • Official notes on the British Army’s use of the tank, including a recommendation that chewing gum be supplied to tank crews
  • Shrapnel extracted from injured British sailors after the Battle of Jutland
  • General Sir Edmund Allenby’s letter to his wife following his victorious entry into Jerusalem in December 1917
  • A copy of the Arab bulletin, a secret publication of the Foreign Office’s Arab Bureau and one of only 25 to be printed
  • A 1918 memorandum on the bombing of the Hejaz railway, containing instructions on the use of camels for carrying dynamite
  • The Foreign Office copy of the text of the Treaty of Versailles.

Accompanying the exhibition is a poignant re-creation of King’s College London’s original memorial to students and staff of the College who gave their lives in the war. 

FM Viscount Allenby and Emir Feisal, c1920 (LHCMA, Allenby 5/6)

If you are coming from outside King's, you are advised to contact Special Collections staff on 020 7848 1843 or visit our web pages for the latest exhibition news before you travel.

Admission and access

Access to the exhibition is free. On arrival at the Maughan Library, please follow the signs to the Weston Room. Please note that visitors who are not registered members of the Maughan Library are required to complete an exhibition ticket on arrival at the Library. The exhibition ticket is available to print below, as is a guide to the exhibition. Copies of the guide are also available to pick up in the Weston Room. 

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