'British troops receiving dinner rations from field kitchens in the Ancre area of the Somme, 1916. Hot food was not supplied to front line soldiers until late 1915 and even then was by no means a regular occurrence', courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, © IWM, Q 1582

Food and the First World War symposium, Liverpool, April 2014

Posted on centenarynews.com on 24 October 2013
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Liverpool Hope University, England, will host a one day symposium exploring 'Food and the First World War'.

The symposium will be held on the 2nd April 2014.

The event aims to provide an "in-depth study of this most compelling and controversial conflict from new and refreshing angles".

The role of food and drink on the Western Front "and beyond" will be explored by eight speakers who will consider the "moral, nutritional, social and economic role of food and drink in the First World War". 

Topics range from substitute foodstuffs to farming, from troops' diets to 'fair' distribution, and from alcoholic overindulgence to temperance.

The conference is sponsored the Society for the Study of French History and the Economic History Society.

Further details

Cost: £20 for delegates; students and unwaged: free

Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, L16 9JD - Eden Building room number 203, Hope Park. 

To register your interest for this event, please email: foodandthefirstworldwar@gmail.com or Dr Bryce Evans: evansb1@hope.ac.uk.

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News