Workshop: Writing The First World War, Oxford Brookes University, Saturday, 17 June 2017, 10:00 to 17:00

‘Boy Soldiers of the Great War’ with Richard van Emden
Executive Meeting Room, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site

This interactive day will draw on the extensive experience of bestselling author and well-known historian of the Great War, Richard van Emden.

It will cover all aspects of non-fiction writing from honing your research skills to using archives, structuring your work and getting published. It’s suitable for anyone, published or aspiring, who’s writing or wanting to write about the First World War.

Also taking part will be Stephen Barker, author of Lancashire’s Forgotten Heroes.

Cost: £65 (including tea/coffee and lunch)
Or £60 for:
Brookes staff and alumni
Western Front Association members.

For further information and to book, see here.
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Film: ‘Meeting in No Man’s Land’, The Ruskin School of Art Bullingdon Road Studios, 17 March, 18.00

IT Services’ Great War project have arranged for a screening in the Bullingdon Road of a film by the Age Exchange dementia care charity who were trained to work with the public about WW1 memories.

Meeting in No Man’s Land is a feature film by Ivan Riches and dementia care charity Age Exchange, which relates to family history, the First World War, ageing, relationships between generations, and comparisons with UK and Bavarian experiences.

Screening: Friday 17th March 18.00 at The Ruskin School of Art Bullingdon Road Studios, 128 Bullingdon Road, Oxford OX4 1GP.

Poster downloadable here.

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Passchendaele Salute 2017, Fort de Seclin, 10 November 2017

The Passchendaele Salute 2017, under the patronage of Mrs Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada will take place on 10 November 2017 at the Fort de Seclin, near Lille in France to hold a service of remembrance and fire 100 rounds to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele.

It will consist of at least 10 Great War guns drawn by horses:

4 x 18pdrs; 3 x 13pdrs; one 4.5 Howitzer, 2 French 75s and a 13pdr A/A gun on a Pierce Arrow 1917 lorry, and guns from a French museum. The guns will be manned by teams from UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and France.

Participants are all volunteers.

Combat Stress is the beneficiary charity.

There has been a change of plan with regard to the venue for the Salute because of the ongoing security issues in Belgium, our partners there have advised that the location cannot be guaranteed.

The owners of Fort de Seclin have kindly offered us the opportunity to hold the salute there and the French authorities are in full agreement.

We think this is an excellent alternative to the original plan and will enable us to press ahead with arrangements with greater confidence.

In all other respects details of the Salute are unchanged and I will keep you informed as things progress.

Further information here.

Lecture: ‘The Bush, the Suburbs and the Long Great War. A Family History’, Magdalen College Oxford

Daubeny Laboratory, Magdalen College
Wednesday 15 February (5th week) 12:30-1:45pm

Professor Michael Roper (University of Essex) ‘The Bush, the Suburbs and the Long Great War. A Family History’
Centre for the History of Childhood Seminar

Directions: the door is between Rose Lane and the Botanic Garden entrance, on the other side of the High Street from Magdalen porters’ lodge. If you’re not sure where to go, please meet at the Magdalen porters’ lodge at 12:25.

Lecture: ‘Part of the Family’ – the Medical Officer on the Western Front

‘Part of the Family’— the Medical Officer on the Western Front
A lecture in memory of Noel Chavasse, VC and bar

Speaker: Professor Mark Harrison
Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine

Weston Library, Broad Street
5.30pm, Thursday, 2 February 2017

Advance booking essential

For more information and to book places:
01865 (2)79887

Further information here. Download poster: poster lecture

This is the final lecture in the series Duty, Courage, Faith: The Chavasse Family in World War I, inaugurated by St Peter’s College.

Talk: Tait Keller, “Grim Fields: Militarized Environments of the First World War and the Making of the 20th Century.”

Wednesday 7 December 2016, 11.00 to 13.00
OC1.01, University of Warwick

Tait Keller is an associate professor of History and former Director of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His research focuses on environmental change in times of crisis and conflict. His publications include, Apostles of the Alps: Mountaineering, Nature, and Nationhood in Germany and Austria, and articles in Annales, Environmental History, World History Connected, and the International Encyclopedia of the First World War. He is currently working on his next book project, A Global Environmental History of the First World War, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. He earned his B.A. in History at the University of Rochester and his M.A. in German and European Studies and Ph.D. in History at Georgetown University.

Contact: Pierre Purseigle

Talk: Greece’s Megali Idea during and after the First World War

Public Lecture with speaker Dr Marius Turda, Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Oxford Brookes University
Glass Tank, Abercrombie, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site
Tuesday, 06 December 2016, 16:00 to 17:30

In 1844, the Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Kolettis (1774-1847), described Greece as a country that included ‘any land associated with Greek history or the Greek race’. This was the first announcement of the ‘Megali Idea’ (‘big idea’), a political philosophy that dominated Greek nationalist debates until 1920. The ‘Megali Idea’ was seen as the only symbol capable of uniting the two centres of Hellenism: Athens and Constantinople (Istanbul). If the War of Independence (1821-1829) succeeded in establishing the former, it was left to the new generation of nationalists, who matured around the end of the nineteenth century, to acquire the latter: “the great capital, the City, the dream and hope of Greeks.” These two centres of Hellenism played a conjoining role in shaping the ethos of Greek irredentist rhetoric during the Balkan and the First World Wars. As I will show in my talk, irredentist nationalists repeatedly argued that Greek culture and civilization could develop naturally only within the historical framework based on the intersection of these two points of national legitimization. As a result, irredentism reclaimed both the classical and the Byzantine traditions as constituent elements of a modern Greek national identity.

This seminar is organized in collaboration with The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum and the Centre for Medical Humanities.

More information here and how to book: