The Centre for Hidden Histories and W.Winter Heritage Trust will be hosting a free, one day symposium to explore the story of German Prisoners of War at Donington Hall and Kegworth Camps 1915-1919
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham
The symposium will present research findings inspired by a unique collection of glass plate negatives and prints from the collection of W W Winter Ltd., Photographers of Derby. The images show some of the high-profile officer prisoners, alleged in Parliament to enjoy ‘champagne lifestyles’.
Research has revealed the politics behind their internment, as well as new information about the men themselves, the camps and their organisation and the attempts made by some of the prisoners to escape.
Speakers will include Professor Panikos Panayi (De Montfort University) and Professor John Beckett (University of Nottingham). Papers will be given on topics ranging from the effect of Spanish ‘flu on the prisoners to the propaganda battle over the public image of the camps and the stigma of surrender.
In the wake of the centenary of the First World War, The First World War Network seeks to build upon the success of its inaugural event at IWM North in February 2016 by reflecting upon the first century of First World War history, celebrating current, pioneering research into all areas of the conflict, and producing an ambitious, transnational framework for the future direction of scholarship on the twentieth century’s first global conflagration.
The organisers welcome contributions that examine the local, regional, national, and international dimensions of First World War history, that provide diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the conflict, and/or that emphasise the war’s multiple legacies and impacts. We aim to bring together the latest in academic scholarship with participation from heritage agencies, libraries, museums, archives, community groups, individual researchers and all those with a shared desire to sustain interest in furthering knowledge and understanding of this seminal event. Alongside a range of traditional presentations, the conference will include poster presentations and roundtable discussions on the future of First World War studies with participants drawn from across the academic and public sphere.
Abstracts for individual twenty-minute papers, panels of three connected papers, and posters which focus upon any aspect of the past and present of First World War studies are invited. Suggested themes may include, but are not limited to:
● The conduct of the war
● The politics of the war
● Community projects
● Forgotten theatres
● Wounding and its aftermath
● The centenary
● Cultural responses to the war
● Uses of the war
● Historiographical trends
● Gendered aspects of warfare
● Local, regional, national or international responses
● Dominant discourses
● Myth and memory
● Understanding/coping with death
● Peace making
● Learning from the war
The working language of the conference will be English. Abstracts of 250 words should be accompanied by your name, institutional/organisational affiliation (if any), and a biographical statement of up to 100 words. Submissions for complete panels should also include a statement of up to 250 words outlining the relationship between the individual papers. A ‘flash presentation’ session will take place during the conference, in which poster displayers can introduce and discuss the research behind their displays.
We wish to encourage submissions from academics, students, institutions, organisations, independent researchers, and community groups. In line with our mission to encourage and support postgraduate students and early career researchers, a number of bursaries will be available to individuals who fall into this category to assist their attendance at the conference. In addition, the First World War Network will be coordinating opportunities for postgraduate students and early career researchers who participate in the conference to engage in a peer mentoring scheme. Please indicate upon your submission if you wish to be considered for a bursary and/or the peer mentoring scheme.
The deadline for submissions will be: 14 December 2018
The organising committee aim to notify all applicants of their decision by 1 February 2019.
Located to the south-west of the Scottish capital, the Craiglockhart campus of Edinburgh Napier University possesses a famous link to the First World War. The campus, commandeered for use as a military hospital for the treatment of shell-shocked officers, provided both the location for the first meeting between the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen and the site upon which Dr William H. Rivers made significant advances in psychiatric treatment. The campus is now home to the War Poets Collection, a tribute to Sassoon, Owen, and their contemporaries whose words have provided a significant and lasting effect upon the public memory of the conflict.
A permanent exhibition allows visitors to view the collection, and gain an insight into the personal and social experiences of war through the words, memories, voices and objects that the officers, medical staff and relatives of those associated with Craiglockhart Military Hospital left behind.
On the centenary of the Mudros Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War in the Middle East against the Ottoman Empire, the Heritage Lottery Funded Away From the Western Front project will be holding a conference to reflect on the often-overlooked campaigns which took place all over the world between 1914 and 1918.
Away from the Western Front has combined research into aspects of the global war with arts activities in which people from all over Britain have considered what the war means to us today. This conference will serve both as a commemoration of the centenary of the Mudros Armistice and an opportunity to take a fresh look at the war away from the Western Front.
Date and venue
The conference will take place on Tuesday 30th October 2018 at the Armada House Conference Centre, Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BQ. This is in the city centre, 15 minutes’ walk from Temple Meads station. The event will run from 10.00 to 16.00, with refreshments and lunch provided. A flyer for the event is available here.
Alan Wakefield will speak about the Salonika Campaign, followed by three presentations reflecting on personal stories – a Dartmoor stonemason, the artist Stanley Spencer and the composer Gustav Holst.
Stuart Hadaway will introduce the Palestine Campaign, followed by presentations about how a railway clerk won a VC, and how a churchgoer felt about visiting the Holy Land for the first time.
Nicholas Saunders will speak about the Arab Revolt, with particular reference to recent excavations of some of the places visited by T. E. Lawrence.
Soldiers from Lancashire and India fought in Mesopotamia, and some of their experiences will be presented.
Anne Samson will give an account of the huge African theatre of war.
There will also be presentations from our Creative Writing Competition, along with music created especially for the project.
In addition to the formal programme there will be exhibitions about the regional projects.
There is no charge for attendance, but you must register. Click hereto book your place. You will be taken to our Eventbrite page. If you have any further questions please contact the National Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).