Top experts to talk in Newcastle on the First World War

Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project has lined up a top lost of speakers to talk about the conflict

Alan Fidler is running a voluntary project, the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project
Alan Fidler is running a voluntary project, the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project

What has been described as a “stellar” line up of top experts is to visit Tyneside to deliver free public lectures on the First World War.

The coup has been pulled off by Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project in association with Northumbria University.

The lectures to be held at 6pm at Northumbria University’s Sutherland Building, in Northumberland Road, Newcastle.

Tynemouth project co-ordinator Alan Fidler worked for four months with project member Dr Dan Jackson and Dr James McConnel, director of history programmes at Northumbria University to land the experts.

“We have got some of the best specialists on the First World War who are all acknowledged experts in their fields,” said Mr Fidler.

“It is a stellar line up which has turned people’s heads when they saw who was coming .

“We are delighted that we have a line up of such acknowledged quality.

“Perhaps they are coming because we had the cheek to ask them.”

The project is asking people to register interest on its website

The line-up is:

Wednesday October 9: Professor Sir Hew Strachan on The Ideas of War, 1914.

Sir Hew is Chichele Professor of the History of War and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Through his numerous publications he has become recognised as one of the leading authorities on the First World War.

November 13: Professor Martin Pugh on Women and the Great War.

A former professor of modern British history at Newcastle University. His latest book is Britain: Unification and Disintegration, a study of the current crisis of national identity.

December 3: John Lewis-Stempel on The Experiences of Junior Officers at the Front

He is a historian and author, specialising in military and natural history. He published Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War and his latest book is The War Behind the Wire, a history of British PoWs in Germany during the Great War.

January 21 Professor John Derry on Hindenburg and Ludendorff: A Brilliant Partnership?

Emeritus Professor of History at Newcastle University his 12 books include biographies of Pitt, Fox, Castlereagh and Grey.

February 18 Dr Edward Madigan on The Better Part of Valour: British Understandings of Courage During WW1

Dr Madigan is resident historian of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission whose book Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War, was published in 2011.

March 4: Professor Gary Sheffield on Haig Reconsidered

He takes up the Chair for War Studies at Wolverhampton University this month and his most recent book was The Chief: Douglas Haig and the Transformation of the British Army.

April 8 Professor Andrew Lambert on The Royal Navy During WWI

He is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.

May 8: Professor Joanna Bourke on Armistice and Disability.

She is Professor of History at Birkbeck College and is currently engaged in a Wellcome Trust-funded project investigating the history of pain.


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