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The WFA's partnership with the University of Wolverhampton extends

The WFA's partnership with the University of Wolverhampton extends

This year, 2014, has seen the launch of the University of Wolverhampton's First World War History Group, and the WFA is delighted to be forging even stronger links with the university.

In June 2014, we jointly launched the University of Wolverhampton/Western Front Association First World War Centenary Lecture Series. Held at the University, and open to all, the lectures are a chance to bring cutting edge Great War subjects to the wider public. The series runs from 2014 to 2018, and so far we have had lectures from Professor Adrian Gregory and Professor Michael Neiburg. The next is from Professor Brian Bond on 1 October 2014: 'Britain's two world wars against Germany: a new perspective'.

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details and to book your place.

In July 2014, the WFA's President, Peter Simkins MBE, was appointed as Honorary Professor of Western Front Studies, and one of our eminent Vice-Presidents, Dr John Bourne, was appointed as Professor of First World War Studies at the University. They join the team of Professor Gary Sheffield (a WFA Vice-President), Professor Stephen Badsey, Dr Spencer Jones, Professor John Buckley and Dr Laura Ugolini who, together, make up the strongest grouping of First World War specialists in any conventional UK university.

Both Peter and John will be lecturing to the university's new part-time MA in the History of Britain and the First World War, which begins this October (2014). Already a number of WFA members have signed up as students and, if you would like to join them, please see http://courses.wlv.ac.uk/course.asp?code=HS006P31UVD or email Gary Sheffield at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We look forward to continuing the productive relationship between the University of Wolverhampton and the Western Front Association throughout the period of the Centenary and beyond.

 

 

WFA Isle of Man Branch summer trips

WFA Isle of Man Branch summer trips

The Isle of Man Branch is organising two trips this summer - all are welcome to join us - pick up points across the UK.

First outing departs England on 18 Aug returns 22 Aug. 'Miracle of the Marne and the Battle of Verdun'

Second tour departs England on 22 Aug. Returns 25 Aug. 'First Shots and the Battle of Mons 100 years'.

These two trips are designed back to back so if you want you can go on both without returning back to England in-between. Or just pick one.

Contact Alan on 01624 801026 for more details

New Branch in Australia

New Branch in Australia

A new branch of the Western Front Association has been established in Australia. Based on the regional town of Castlemaine in Central Victoria (80 miles north-west of Melbourne), it is the third branch in Australia, joining branches in Sydney and Canberra.

The founding Chairman is Mick Hanrahan, who was a member of the London Branch in 2011 and 2012. Mick told WFA Branch Coordinator, David Easton, "I greatly enjoyed the comradery of the London Branch members and their generosity in sharing their knowledge and perspectives when I lived in London. My aim is to replicate that spirit in central Victoria."

The new branch has already been involved in organising local celebrations – with the Royal Australian Air Force – for the Centenary of Military Aviation in Australia. "The first Australian military flight was on 1 March 1914 by LT Eric Harrison who came from Castlemaine. This first flight was with a Bristol Boxkite at the Central Flying School at Point Cook in Victoria. " Mick said. "The RAAF supported the local community with their Hot Air Balloon visiting primary school children (including the school Eric Harrison attended), an Air Combat Officer came to town and spoke about Eric Harrison to secondary school students, and there were fly-pasts over Castlemaine by a F/A-18 Classic Hornet on two days".

"We are not in an area blessed with an abundance of new authors wanting to give presentations on their latest book (as in the UK), so we'll be more of a self-help study group, and we have joined a support program for junior secondary level students studying Australian history and the First World War. The Branch has met three times so far and we are keen to observe the First World War commemorations in the coming years."

The Western Front Association Central Victoria Branch can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact Mick Hanrahan at P O Box 94 Maldon Victoria, 3463.

2014: hello to all that - the WFA in conversation with Prof Gary Sheffield

2014: hello to all that - the WFA in conversation with Prof Gary Sheffield

Prof Gary Sheffield of the University of Wolverhampton, and a Vice President of the WFA, discusses aspects of the Great War centenary, and the education and commemoration of the Great War, with WFA Development Trustee, David Tattersfield.

 

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News from Canberra Branch ('the Estaminet')

News from Canberra Branch ('the Estaminet')

The Branch's presiding 'soviet' comprises Prof Jeff Grey and Prof Peter Stanley (University of NSW/Australian Defence Force Academy) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Dr Roger Lee (Australian Army Historian) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), with Mr Aaron Pegram (Australian War Memorial) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) looking after membership lists and announcements.

Meetings are held at the National Library of Australia on a program decided by the soviet and announced by bulletins distributed by Aaron.

In the coming year, 2014-15, the Estaminet's meetings will be part of the National Library's events program.

 


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