A Summer School at Oxford University (26 July - 2 Aug) on British Art of the First World War.
In case it might be of interest to your members, the link below supplies full details:
Jan Cox MA
The First World War exerted an impact on British society and upon British relations with Europe, the Dominions, the United States and the emerging Soviet Union which transformed all pre 1914 familiar circumstance. The 1939-45 war notwithstanding, it is the "Great War" which, very largely, shaped today's world. Positive and negative developments, progress and regression, opportunities and pitfalls in national, international and world affairs, can all be identified as rooted in the war and its consequences. With the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of the war there could hardly be a more opportune time for reconsideration of the factors which drew Britain into the war, the degree to which the Armed Forces, the Government and the Nation itself were prepared for what ensued.
There is the extraordinary story of the national response as the crisis evolved, not just in the political and military direction of the war but of the young men transforming themselves into Servicemen and the young women searching for and finding a role to play.
Even in the first few months there were remarkable innovations and extensions of developments hitherto just glimpsed - medical advances, nursing and hospital needs. Then there was the wider use of animals, and the use of film for information and propaganda.
All this and more is to be brought to the delegates at this imaginative conference by a team of talented men and women accustomed to sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with audiences from a wide-ranging interest in the First World War.
This conference has been planned by Dr Peter Liddle, Conference Director and Colonel Alan Roberts, Military Consultant for like-minded enthusiasts to listen, reflect, network, share knowledge and acquire a fresh perspective.
At Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds.
Short talks from branch members on subjects of interest to them including William Leefe Robinson VC, an update of the Leeds Rifles and, demonstrating the wide range of members' interests, UFOs in the Great War.
Lord Ashcroft's collection of VC's and GC's is probably the best assemblage of these venerated decorations anywhere. The Gallery containing the combined collections of Lord Ashcroft and the IWM is a mesmerising source of information on the medals, the deeds and the men and women who gained these esteemed awards. It is with great pleasure we welcome Michael Naxton, Curator of the Ashcroft Collection for a truly absorbing talk on the history and development of this outstanding collection]]>
Instead of our regular meeting at the UJC in August branch members agreed that an informal social evening would be a good idea.
Therefore we have plumped for the St Christopher's Inn at London Bridge. It is a nice friendly pub with a good food menu and a variety of beers and wines.
The date is 7 August, time 6.30 onwards
Click on the link for directions.
Look forward to seeing you all.