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Philip Robinson Library

World War One Rembered

In 1918 at 11 o’clock on 11th November, the guns of the Western Front finally fell silent. The Armistice signed between the Allies and Germany marked the end of the First World War and a then unprecedented loss of human life.

2018 marks 100 years since Armistice Day. To mark this centenary, Newcastle University’s Special Collections and Archives presents a retrospective of First World War exhibitions and commemoration projects from the past four years. These previous exhibitions include; 'A Higher Purpose' (2014) looking at the role of Newcastle University as the First Northern General Hospital during the war, 'An Officer and Private on the Western Front' (2016) explores the fortunes of two men (Thomas Baker Brown, a local Tommy and Sir Lawrence Pattinson, an Officer in the Royal Flying Corps) serving in very different roles and the 'Universities at War' project (2017) using material from the University Archives to tell the stories of staff and students from Newcastle University who fought and died in the First World War.


Level 2, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University

From 8th November 2018.










Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms


'A Hideous Phantom': The origins and inspirations of Frankenstein

Blurb: Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus was published in 1818 and tells the story of a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who creates and animates a being of his own creation. Comprised of collected body parts raided from graveyards, the creature is firstly rejected by Frankenstein, who describes him as ‘hideous’, and then by the various humans he encounters. Cast out by society, Frankenstein’s creature embarks on a dark path of murder and destruction.

To mark 200 years since the publication of this seminal Gothic text, Newcastle University’s Special Collections has collated some materials that reveal the inspiration behind Shelley’s novel.

Ground Floor, Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms, Newcastle University

From October 2018.












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