Although I have spent the last 5 years as part of the World War Zoo Gardens project at Newquay Zoo researching WW2 and how it created shortages and other challenges for zoos and botanic gardens, I have frequently been asked recently about the effects of WW1 in light of the www.1914.org centenary events now underway.
Here is a summary of our recent WW1 related blog posts that you might find of interest.
1. The Lost Zoo Keepers and Gardeners of London Zoo WW1
London Zoo plans a WW1 centenary exhibition http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/whats-on/the-zoo-at-war
and also a Little Creatures family celebration of regimental mascot Winnipeg or the original Winnie the Pooh being deposited at London Zoo 100 years ago when its Canadian Regiment went off to France.
and material from Mary Evans picture archive:
2. Lost Zoo Keepers from Belle Vue Zoo Manchester (and London Zoo) WW1 – updated from 2010/11
3. National Allotment Week, 4- 10 August 2014 and other ww1 centenary garden links
4. Port Lympne Zoo / Reserve centenary WW1 / WW2 and other WW1 centenary garden links
5. Lost Ecologists of WW1 – Linnean Society casualties
6. Lost Ecologists of WW1 – The British Ecological Society
7. Mr. Mottershead, WW1 and WW2 at Chester Zoo – “Our Zoo”
8. Animals in wartime WW1
Botanic Gardens in wartime WW1
Many Botanic Gardens had a zoological section and similar challenges to zoos in wartime. I wrote a free downloadable article about this for the BGEN gardens website: http://bgen.org.uk/resources/free/using-the-garden-ghosts-of-your-wartime-or-historic-past/
1. The Lost Gardeners of Kew Gardens in WW1
Kew has many activities such as tours and an exhibition planned. I will be giving a talk at Kew on 20 October as part of their Kew Guild / KMIS evening talks.
2. Lost “Gardeners and Men” WW1 poem from Kew Guild Journal
3. Lost Gardeners – 1914 / 1915 Part 1
A brief look through the garden journals of the time at the effects of war on gardens, estates and gardeners
4. Garden writer Herbert Cowley, Kew Gardens and WW1 Dig for Victory schemes
5. Finally, a brief look at the home front, rationing, food and farming in one Cornish village in WW1
Watch this space for further WW1 blogposts:
Several more blog posts are in preparation in my spare zoo and home time for 2014 and 2015:
- The Whitley family in WW1 and Ww2 who set up our sister zoo Paignton Zoo
- Gardeners in 1916 onwards using the garden journals now online
- WW1 in adverts from original magazines
- Energy saving and salvage initiatives in Ww1 , WW2 and the EAZA Pole to Pole “pull the plug” campaign 2014
- London Zoo in WW1 and the ‘first Blitz’ of WW1
- Dublin Zoo, Irish zoos and gardens in WW1
- Updates on the Belle Vue Zoo and London Zoo memorial casualty research.
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them …”, words from the 1914 poem by Lawrence Binyon familiar from many Remembrance services and written on cliffs at Polzeath (or Portreath – some controversy on this!) near Newquay Zoo, home of the World War Zoo Gardens Project:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/3112708.stm BBC Cornwall page and plaque pictures.
We would be interested to hear of other gardens and zoo related stories from WW1 – contact us via the comments page!
Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo – World War Zoo Gardens project