Leaving Their Mark: Conscientious Objectors and the Richmond Castle Cell Block
Using a unique and previously little researched record, this talk will explore the experiences of conscientious objectors during the First World War.
Covering the fragile lime washed walls of the nineteenth-century cell block at Richmond Castle, Yorkshire, are thousands of graffiti inscriptions. Hundreds of these were drawn by conscientious objectors – many from the North East and Yorkshire – held there during World War One.
This talk will explore the initial research findings of an English Heritage project which, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to record, research and conserve this incredible graffiti record. It will reveal the vast range of inscriptions and uncover some of the very personal and often moving stories of individuals held there. Whilst doing so, it will also place these stories in the context of local and national events to introduce the wider history of war resistance between 1914 and 1918.
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