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Conference 2014 on 'Food and the First World War'

Conference 2014 on 'Food and the First World War' Friday 4 April 2014

The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has provided opportunities for various in-depth studies of different subjects surrounding the war.

On Wednesday 2 April 2014, Dr Bryce Evans successfully chaired a conference on ‘Food and the First World War’. The conference boasted twelve papers - including the keynote lecture from Dr Rachel Duffet, University of Essex, speaking on ‘The Stomach of Fighting’

Attracting an audience of over thirty people, the panellists and audience discussed many topics, including the role of food advertising, food riots, preserving memories and hunger and agitation in Ireland.

Rachel Duffet, who has recently edited the book ‘Food and War in the Twentieth Century’ with Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, spoke about many issues surrounding food including the fact that the pre-war diet was notably restricted, especially within poorer areas of the country. Despite the fact that the Army offered over 4, 000 calories a day for soldiers, Duffett speculated over whether this was a good reason to join the army, or whether it was used as a recruitment tool for soldiers.

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre would like to congratulate Bryce Evans on his successful conference, and would like to thank all those who spoke and attended the event for such an interesting day.