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essence literature Digging the Trenches:


The Archaeology of the Western Front


by Andrew


Robertshaw & David Kenyon Sale Price £13.50 • 208 Pages • Paperback


• ISBN: 9781473822887


and lives in Dorking. For the past twelve years he has co-ordinated a group conducting archaeological digs of sites on the Somme. Together with David Kenyon, one of the most experienced Great War archaeologists in Britain, he has produced a compelling account of the archaeology of the First World War. Modern research methods –


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archaeological, historical and forensic – have transformed our view of the past, particularly the history of the Great War. In the first comprehensive survey of this exciting new field, Andrew and David introduce the reader to the techniques


The Workhouse:


the People, the Places, the Life Behind Doors


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By Simon Fowler RRP £12.99 • 224 Pages • Paperback


• ISBN: 9781783831517


uring the nineteenth century, the workhouse cast a shadow over the lives of the poor. The destitute and


desperate sought refuge within its forbidding walls and it was an ever-present threat to poor families that failed to look after themselves. As a result, a grim mythology has grown up around the horrors of the ‘house’ and the mistreatment meted out to innocent paupers. Richmond author Simon Fowler takes a


fresh look at the workhouse and the people who sought help from it. He examines how the system of the Poor Law – of which the workhouse was a key part – was organised, along with the men and women who ran the workhouses or were employed to care


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for inmates. This is a moving story of the tens of thousands of children, men, women and elderly who were forced to endure grim conditions in order to survive. The book tells dozens of fascinating personal stories, from that of the anonymous ‘Indoor Pauper’ to accounts from famous figures like Charlie Chaplin. Simon Fowler is a leading authority on family history and a prolific writer on the subject. ●


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ndrew Robertshaw is the curator/manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut


employed, describing in vivid detail many of the remarkable projects undertaken. They explain how archaeology can be used to reveal the position of trenches, dugouts and other battlefield features and to rediscover what life on the Western Front was really like. They also show how individual soldiers are themselves part of the story – forensic investigation of the war dead is now so advanced that individuals can be identified and their fates uncovered. ‘Digging the Trenches’ is an excellent introduction to a fascinating subject and is unlikely to be displaced as the best single book on the archaeology of the Western Front for years to come. ●


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