Matthew Lucas, Historical Information Officer of the WFA, was recently in conversation with Professor Gary Sheffield, WFA Vice President, who revealed some exciting news that will no doubt be of great interest to members and non-members alike.
From September, 2014 Gary will become Professor of War Studies at Wolverhampton University, a prospect he is very excited about. He will be part of a team that includes: Prof John Buckley, Prof Steve Badsey and Dr Spencer Jones. This is a formidable team which any university would be would be hard pressed to match.
An MA in the history of The First World War will begin in 2014, alongside a Centre for First World War Studies, which Gary believes will become a national focus for First World War studies and a focus for the media, with seminars and day schools being part of the learning mix. These developments will grow over the Centenary period.
The Centre and the University will be a major force in both the UK and Europe for the study of the Great War. A new web site will also be set up in the near future, with other aspects of this exciting programme being shown, to 2014 and beyond.
The news can but be greeted with great interest, and one that will benefit the study of the period we are all fascinated with.
We wish Gary and the team good luck, and I will keep you all posted as to developments over the coming months.
WFA Historical Information Officer