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'.
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.
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.