Living with the Wire

Pen and ink sketches of the interment camp on Isle of Man. The writing is in German so the sketches were presumably by someone interned there. There is an sketch of a row of huts; a sketch of rows of bell tents behind barbed wire; a sketch of British troops performing a flag-raising ceremony; and a map of the Isle of Man with the location of the camp on it. The map also features a Manx cat and the three leg symbol of the Isle of Man.

This talk will look at German and Austrian civilian internees on the Isle of Man during the First World War. How did they cope with ‘living with the wire’ for anything up to 5 years in captivity?