Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

46 days until Armistice

A school during wartime

Maintaining normal school routines must have been very difficult during the War.  Staff from all areas joined up or were conscripted, leaving the operational side very short-handed, while the teaching staff were replaced by much older, retired teachers or academics from Oxford who had never taught young boys at all.  Parents struggled to find fees, with their own staff or fathers at the Front and rising inflation. For all of them there was the constant question whether it was all futile: the War itself, educating those about to die, and the massive changes to society which the War brought about.  Rev Edward Gordon Selwyn became Warden of Radley in 1913.  By 1918 he had experienced the deaths of 3 of his Senior Prefects and of more than 1 in 3 of the boys he had known in 1913, 7 of the Dons and 8 support staff.  He left school-mastering in 1918 to volunteer as an army chaplain, and then went into parish work, working among some of the poorest communities.

Today we feature ‘The poets are waiting’

Harold Monro (D 1892) founded the Poetry Bookshop in Bloomsbury, which became the meeting place of the Georgian Poets and many of the acclaimed war poets such as Wilfred Owen. Monro’s own poem ‘The poets are waiting’, published in 1914, was set to music and performed in Westminster Abbey on 4 August 2014 to launch the national Centenary Commemorations for WW1.  Harold Monro (D Social, 1892)