Enduring War exhibition opens at the British Library

Enduring War exhibition opens at the British Library Photo: British Library

The British Library has opened an exhibition looking at how people coped with life during the First World War.

Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour displays posters, poetry, books and pamphlets that have never been seen before.

It includes letters from Indian soldiers on the Western Front, schoolboys' descriptions of Zeppelin raids over London and examples of the black humour expressed in trench journals.

Dr Matthew Shaw, co-curator, said: "The exhibition included iconic items like Wilfred Owen, drafts of his poetry and Rupert Brooke poetry, through to less well known material such as schoolboy's accounts of Zeppelins flying over head and what it was like to have bombs dropping around them."

Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour opens 19 June and runs until 12 October 2014.