'Not the Slightest Cause for Panic': Bury St Edmunds in the Great War

Adrian Tindall

East of England
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Retired Professional
Paid: £70 plus travel expenses (up to 50 miles)
12th October 2022

In the Great War, Bury St Edmunds faced unprecedented dangers, as a garrison town and regional hub of agriculture, transport and munitions.

It witnessed the birth of rationing, civil defence and land girls, and many roots of modern life, such as family allowance, the sugar beet industry and the Women’s Institute.

This illustrated talk will look at the impact of the war on Bury, from the heroics of the Western Front and the hardships of the home front to the nightmare of the Zeppelin raids.

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About Adrian Tindall

I am an accredited Green Badge Guide and Chair of the Bury St Edmunds Association of Registered Tour Guides. I have taught adult education evening classes for many years and spoken widely to local groups and societies.

I was a professional archaeologist for over forty years, including twenty as county archaeologist in Hereford and Worcester, Cheshire and Cambridgeshire, and I have carried out fieldwork in East Anglia, the Midlands, Yorkshire, the Northwest, Wales, the Orkneys, Italy and Libya.

I am a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Although retired from professional archaeology, I remain a Trustee of West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village Trust.

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