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  • The final #centena we are reflecting on is by Sally Harper @sch204 who invites the reader to see daily life of the home front during . A testament to the people who despite fears and worries carried on as best they could. Read it here: ow.ly/19MB30mE49n #Remembering100Days

  • Martin Lee @ml42 chose to honour Marjorie Cornell in his #centena and reflect on how the loss of her four brothers in #FWW changed her and how she led her life. Read it here: ow.ly/qtiJ30mE3jr #Remembering100Days

  • Despite his literary genius, Arthur Conan Doyle is remembered by some as a man taken in by spiritualism and fairy tales. Henrietta McKervey's #centena looks into one of the possible reasons behind this change, the loss of his son: ow.ly/SP0L30mE2PS #Remembering100Days

  • Jill Hopper recounts the anguish of a mother and the poignancy of small mementos in her #centena ‘Dead Man’s Pennies’, a powerful story of loss felt even a century later. Read it here: ow.ly/5lZo30mE2mo #Remembering100Days

  • The impact of #FWW was felt most in the homes of those who left to go to war. Today we look back on #centenas that focussed on the experience of families and loved ones. #Remembering100Days @26Characters

  • David and Jordan Bickerton chose to write about Charles ‘Cheers’ Wakefield in their #centena. He was Lord Mayor of London and opened Mansion House as a recruiting station appealing for men to enlist. Read ‘The Lost Boys of London’ here: ow.ly/sRog30mDZfo #Remembering100Days

  • Lucy Beevor’s #centena looks at a very obscure aspect of #FWW , the collection and use of Sphagnum, a moss used in medicine, and one woman who organised the supply of it. Read ‘Botanical’ here: ow.ly/Hbb130mDYV5 #Remembering100Days

WomensWork100 Research Workshops

Join IWM Librarian, Sarah Paterson, for a free research workshop exploring the working lives of women during the First World War.

Photograph showing women writing and typing. Shows the interior of female typists office at the POWIB, where the lists of POWs were typed on double foolscap sheets. The offices of the institution were at 49 Wellington Street, Strand, London.