This exhibition focuses on the amateur photographer Käthe Buchler, whose work forms one of the featured collections of the German Photographic Museum in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony.

Buchler photographed the German home front during the First World War. Her black & white images feature members of her family, working children and a series called ‘women doing men’s jobs’.

Käthe Buchler was born in Braunschweig in 1876. She suffered from deafness as a child and spent much of her childhood painting and drawing. In 1901 she turned to photography, later showing her work at projection evenings and donating the proceeds from these events to the Braunschweig Rescue House, a home for underprivileged children.

Käthe Buchler died in 1930, aged 54. In 2003 the Buchler family donated their collection of over 1,000 black and white prints and 175 colour autochrome plates to the Photographic Museum in Braunschweig. This is the first time that her work has been displayed outside Germany.

There will also be another display of work by Käthe Buchler on display at the University of Birmingham (Rotunda Gallery, Aston Webb building) from October 20 - January 14, featuring photographs of injured soldiers alongside material related to the University’s role as a hospital during the War.

Beyond the Battlefields is a touring exhibition co-organised by the University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Photomuseum Braunschweig and the AHRC funded First World War Engagement Centres at the University of Birmingham  and the University of Hertfordshire

It will tour to the Grosvenor Gallery at the Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University from 2 February – 1 March 2018 and the University of Hertfordshire Galleries from 15 March – 5 May 2018.

Accompanying Events

Saturday 4 November 2017, 1-4pm
Library of Birmingham, Wolfson Research Centre.
Project planning workshop around women, war & photography.

Saturday 18 November 2017, 11am-5pm
Library of Birmingham, Heritage Learning Space.
Women & photography symposium. This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 17–25 November. For further information please see Being Human festival website.

Thursday 30 November 2017, 5.30-7pm
University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library Seminar Room.
Project planning workshop around WW1, medicine/injuries & photography.

Saturday 9 December 2017, 10.30am-4pm
University of Birmingham, Cadbury Research Library Seminar Room.
Birmingham WW1 soldiers/treatment/trauma symposium.

Please contact Dr Nicola Gauld, Voices Centre Coordinator, for more information or to book a place: / 0121 464 3209.