CSI - the Science of the Great War

Posted on 07 April 2015

CSI - the Science of the Great War

Saturday 25 April, 11 am - 4 pm

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley , Stoke-on-Trent

Discover the science and technology of World War One - through a series of hands-on activities visitors can learn about trench archaeology, the chemical development of poison gas and visit a medical station with First World War expert Andy Robertshaw, the military historian, curator, author and educator. He is best known for his television appearances, in programmes such as Two Men in a Trench and Time Team.
He was a military advisor on the film War Horse.

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Keele University, with Staffordshire University and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has received £22,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting “WW1 – science and heritage” project. Led by academics, external experts and volunteers, the project focuses on the little explored science behind WW1 and the surprisingly positive impact it had on technology and people’s lives.

Over the past hundred years significant developments in science and technology have led to dramatic improvements in public health, lifestyle and economic security.  Much of this is a direct legacy of the science emanating from one of the most devastating periods of world history – world war one.  This project showcases some of these developments and will provide visitors with a combination of hands on experience, interactive exhibits and expert talks.

Few people know that Stoke-on-Trent was the UK specialist respiratory centre for lung damage and disease in World War 1; the techniques developed there led to major advancements. On the flip side, poison gas was also developed locally! Plastic surgery for those with severe wounds was also pioneered during this period.

The project is led by Dr Jamie Pringle, School of Physical Sciences & Geography at Keele University.