Shell Shocked Lecture and Exhibition Tour with Caitlin Bailey

Shell Shocked Lecture and Exhibition Tour with Caitlin Bailey

June 29, 2023 3:30 pm

Event Details

 “As old as war itself” –  Perspectives on Shell Shock in the First World War

and its Evolution in the 20th Century


During and after the First World War, more than 10,000 Canadian military personnel were documented as being treated for a variety of stress related conditions. Known medically as neurasthenia or war neurosis, and colloquially as “shell shock,” these conditions are today more widely recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This presentation by guest curator Caitlin Bailey is programmed in conjunction with the UCalgary Founders’ Gallery summer exhibition Shell Shocked: The Long Road to Recovery.  Presented in partnership with the Canadian Centre for the Great War, Ms. Bailey’s lecture and gallery tour explores the phenomenon of shell shock as it was conceived during the First World War, and its evolution through to the war in Afghanistan in the early 2000s.



Caitlin Bailey is executive director of the Vimy Foundation and their museum collection unit, the Canadian Centre for the Great War. She is committed to highlighting the role of Canada’s history in public life and its contribution to maintaining a civil society. Caitlin is a graduate of both the University of Calgary and McGill University, and is a member of the Veterans Affairs Canada Commemorations Advisory Group.