Discover how the Archbishop of Canterbury saw the First World War in a new interactive timeline

20 August 2014 | Kate Clements

Lambeth Palace Library’s website now has a digital timeline which charts the involvement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Randall Davidson, with the First World War. The Archbishop’s papers reflect his direct involvement with wartime concerns such as recruitment campaigns, treatment of prisoners of war, the deployment of Army Chaplains and even the planned design of the war memorials in 1920.

Although Davidson did also protest against aspects of the British government’s methods of warfare, he did not look to publicly condemn the wartime government and instead focused his attention on applying pressure behind the scenes.

This timeline gives an insight into some of his main preoccupations and causes during this time as well as providing images of a small selection of the material held by the Library on such topics.

Explore the Archbishop Davidson and the First World War timeline.