1914 Living Room with Gramophone

Gramophone music is particularly evocative of the First World War era. Visitors were invited to listen to some of the music of the day as it would have been heard at the time, with the generous loan of two original portable trench gramophones. These artefacts were set up within a mock 1914 living room in the LMI's Main Library and carefully operated by trained volunteers. You can listen to some of the music below.

Pack up your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag (and Smile, Smile Smile) - Oscar Seagle, 1918
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Keep the Home Fires Burning ('Til the Boys Come Home) - Oscar Seagle, 1918
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Roses of Picardy - John McCormack, 1917
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(left to right): Prof. Linda de Cossart CBE, LMI President; Abila Pointing, High Sheriff of Merseyside and consort; Col. Debbie Telford, 208FH; Adrienne Mayers, LMI Librarian and Exhibition Organiser.

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Bill Sergeant of 208 Field Hospital relaxing to the sound of the gramophone

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A volunteer carefully winding the gramophone for the next song

(left to right): Adrienne Mayers, LMI Librarian, Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant and Mr Muirhead.

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Sue Curbishley, LMI Library Assistant

(left to right): Meg Parkes, event co-ordinator, Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant and Mr Muirhead.