Entertainment on the WW1 Home Front

Fundraising and entertainments

Between 1914 and 1918, the attitude of the British public towards the First World War changed a great deal. As the numbers of casualties mounted, some people began to feel differently about the conflict. 

This can be seen in two examples of events put on by the University of Bradford (then the City of Bradford Technical College and School of Art) in 1915 and 1916.

‘Grand Patriotic Concert’, Bradford Technical College, 3 May 1915

In 1915, the City of Bradford Technical College put on a special "students’ evening". The proceeds of the "Grand Patriotic Concert" were used to fund equipment for the Bradford City Volunteer Force, local men from the city who were joining the army. 

The front of the concert programme, described as a ‘souvenir’, is decorated with flags belonging to the Allied Forces, giving it a patriotic feel.

Glossary:

Morale – How confident or optimistic a group of people feel
Observe – To watch or keep an eye on something
Patriotic - Strongly supporting a country
Recruit – Someone who joins something 

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