Oxford at War 1914-1918 family history roadshow

Do you have a family story or local history about the First World War? Bring your WW1 stories, photos, documents, letters, postcards, clothes, medals, and other objects to the Oxford at War 1914-1918 Roadshow on 12th November 11-4pm at IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN.

For more information see http://www.oxfordatwar.uk/

What to expect on the day?
You’ve seen Antiques Roadshow – well, this is the same without the valuation. Our experts will talk to you about your stories and what you have brought in. They’ll record the details, and then our digitisers will photograph your items so we can upload them to the website www.oxfordatwar.uk. Please just turn up on the day, there may be queues but also exhibitions and films to divert you. If you would like to make an appointment (optional) please ring: 01865 283686 or email ww1collections@it.ox.ac.uk

What if you can’t join us?
Do tell your friends! And you can upload your stories and photos to the website http://www.oxfordatwar.uk

Why is the University of Oxford doing this?
We want to preserve the memory of the First World War and those who lived then. By recording stories and material in digital form, they can be made available online to students, researchers, school children and anyone interested in the history of the War and the stories about the people who lived then. See more in this short video, where Dr Stuart Lee talks about why we are doing this https://youtu.be/wsUnCAPwv90

Download poster: oaw-roadshow-poster

A Century of Funerary Sites of the Great War: from History to the Valorisation of Heritage

A Century of Funerary Sites of the Great War : from History to the Valorisation of Heritage
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Bâtiment B. Salle des conférences)
21 & 22 octobre 2016

Franco-Belgian Proposal for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the Funerary sites of the Great War (Western Front).

Under the high patronage of Jean-Marc Todeschini, State Secretary to the French Defense Minister, in charge of Veterans and the Memory

Directed by Annette Becker (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) and Stéphane Tison (Université du Maine, Le Mans-Laval)

Full programme here.

Beyond Shellshock: Mental Health And The First World War

The National Archives
Friday 21 October 2016, 13:30 – 17:00

Psychological trauma affected many of the men who served on the Front line, both during and after service. Yet, it was not just men who suffered – what of those nurses who treated the injured? What of the horrifying experiences they underwent?

These themes will be explored during an afternoon of talks, which will also analyse the legacy of mental health wellbeing in the armed forces to the present day.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about the documents we hold here at The National Archives which relate to mental health and the First World War, including a display of original archival material.

This exciting event will bring together the eminent speakers Edgar Jones, Matthew Green, and Denise Poynter to reflect on this important topic and its contemporary relevance.

We would love to welcome you to The National Archives for this event, so if you wish to pick up your free ticket then go to the Eventbrite page here.

Lecture: The Great War and the Middle East, 24 November, 5pm, Pembroke College Oxford

Dr Rob Johnson is giving a special lecture on “The Great War and the Middle East” on 24 November from 17.00-18.30 in the Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College. It will be followed by drinks.

This is a joint event with Pembroke History Society.

Register on: ccw.ox.ac.uk/events
Or via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-great-war-and-the-middle-east-tickets-28330554451

Many of the most commonly accepted assertions about the First World War in the Middle East are more often stated than they are truly tested. Drawing on detailed research into the strategic and operational course of the war in the Middle East, Rob argues that, far from being a sideshow to the war in Europe, the Middle Eastern conflict was in fact the centre of gravity in a war for imperial domination and prestige. Moreover, contrary to another persistent myth of the First World War in the Middle East, local leaders and their forces were not simply the puppets of the Great Powers in any straightforward sense. The way in which these local forces embraced, resisted, succumbed to, disrupted, or on occasion overturned the plans of the imperialist powers for their own interests in fact played an important role in shaping the immediate aftermath of the conflict – and in laying the foundations for the troubled Middle East that we know today.

Download poster: rjmiddleeast

GLGW event: From Aotearoa to Oxford: Commemorating the New Zealand soldiers buried at Botley Cemetery

Saturday 8th October 2016
1.45 – 4.30pm

A FREE event, to which everyone is welcome

From: 1:45 – 2:45pm
Botley Cemetery, Oxford OX2 0LX
A commemoration of New Zealand soldiers and their role in the First World War
In the presence of the New Zealand High Commissioner
His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Lockwood Smith KNZM
Accompanied by, Brigadier Evan Williams, NZ Defence Advisor,
New Zealand Defence Force

Followed by, from: 2:45 – 4:30pm
Botley WI Hall, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford OX2 0LT
(Opposite the cemetery entrance)
Refreshments, an exhibition and short talks on how and why New Zealanders came to be buried at Botley

Download flyer here: aotearoaflyer210916
Download programme for the day here: fullcolourprogramme

Supported by:
Funding from the Commonwealth Graves Commission‘s Living Memory project, which remembers the “forgotten front” – the 300,000 war graves and commemorations right here in the UK
The Faculty of History, University of Oxford
University of Oxford Botanic Garden
TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
66 Men of Grandpont
Botley Women’s Institute
Big Ideas Company


CfP: “100 Years after WWI: Local to Global Impact of an International War”

University of South Carolina Upstate, April 6-7, 2017

As part of its five year commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the University of South Carolina Upstate is hosting an international and interdisciplinary conference on April 6-7, 2017, the anniversary of the United States’ entrance into the war. We seek papers and panels that will examine international aspects of the war, with particular attention to regions of the world and features of the war that are underrepresented. Topics to be explored include military and geopolitical ramifications, colonial experiences, changes in medicine, education, arts, literature, science and economics, and examinations of the roles of and impact on women, African Americans, immigrants and other distinctive population groups.

Keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Jennifer Keene, Professor and Chair of the History Department, Chapman University, CA.

All submissions should be submitted by December 1, 2016 to this website:

Presenters will be notified by December 20, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact
Dr. Catherine Canino: ccanino@uscupstate.edu and/or
Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche: ahernandez-laroche@uscupstate.edu

Individual Submissions should include:
A 250-500 word abstract and title
A brief curriculum vitae (2 pages)
Full contact information including mail, email, and phone/fax numbers.

Panel submissions are encouraged. Please include the info above for a panel of at least three presenters.

Conference Website: http://www.uscupstate.edu/wwi/
Conference Hashtag: #USCUpstateWWI

USC Upstate World War I Symposium Committee
Dr. Catherine Canino (Professor of English, Director of Honors Program) ccanino@uscupstate.edu
Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche (Assistant Professor of French, Assistant Chair of Languages, Literature, and Composition) ahernandez-laroche@uscupstate.edu
Dr. Frieda Davison (Dean of Library) fdavison@uscupstate.edu
Dr. Rob McCormick (Professor of History, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences) rmccormick@uscupstate.edu
Dr. Dirk Schlingmann (Professor of Mathematics, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences) dschlingmann@uscupstate.edu

‘Unknown Stories of the Great War’, Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, 17 Sept. 2016

To coincide with the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (1 July-18 November 1916), Oxfordshire families are urged to bring First World War photographs, letters, diaries and objects to tell their stories at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock on Saturday 17th September between 10am and 4.30pm.

Experts from the Soldiers of Oxford­shire Museum, the Western Front Association and other organisations will be on hand to talk to visitors about the significance of their memorabilia and to help them find out more.

Living historians will be giving demonstrations and there will be displays, activities for children, support for researching a soldier and refreshments available.

This event is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Entry to the museum will be free on the day, though donations would be appreciated.

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
Park Street
OX20 1SN
T: 01993 810 210

Download poster of the event: Unknown Stories of the Great War