This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £16 / Conc. £12
In the trenches, soldiers adopted slang terms, which were later exploited commercially and even used by the Home Front. Soldiers overcame language barriers at every turn – between countries, classes, and comrades – and also found new language to reassure their loved ones at home.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in the history of the First World War and the history of the English language. No previous knowledge of either subject is necessary.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a computer or other device to connect with Zoom and a notebook/paper and pen/pencil, or digital equivalent.
Are there follow-on courses I can take?
We are running several sessions around the history of language:
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt how:
- Developing a language helped soldiers bear life in the trenches
- Commerce exploited soldier slang
- Soldiers managed to communicate in France and Flanders
- The Home Front adopted soldier slang
Meet the Tutor
Julian Walker worked as an educator at the British Library for 16 years. He teaches book and printing history, and the history of English.
A practising printmaker, he is also the authority on the English language during the First World War, a subject of ongoing research in the Languages and the First World War project, which he directs.
A former honorary research associate at UCL, he has written several books on the history of English in fields such as cooking, sport and conflict.
Need to Know
- 19:00 - 21:00
- £16/£12 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Julian Walker
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