Are you interested in learning more about the First World War, from local connections here in Oxfordshire community through to the international Gallipoli campaign and beyond? In this one-day adult learning workshop inspired by our ‘Dear Harry’ exhibition, a selection of speakers will provide an engaging and accessible introduction to World War One history. Incorporating academic and museum materials as well as the experiences of the UnderConstruction Theatre playwrights who turned archive material and World War One reminiscences into a fascinating play “While They’re Away”, we will provide an interactive and affordable exploration of the local and global impact of the First World War.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Eugene L. Rogan, Associate Professor of the Modern History of the Middle East and Fellow of St Antony's College.
- Liz Woolley on 66 Men of Grandpont, 1914-18: a community local history project in south Oxford
- Professor John Stewart on the understanding and treatment of shell shock in Oxford during the Great War
- Lizzie McBain and Jeremy Allen from UnderConstruction Theatre discussing how they turned their research and story gathering into a successful World War One play “While They’re Away” shown at the Museum of Oxford earlier this year
- Professor Derek Stacey on the scientific research Henry ‘Harry’ Moseley was working on before he went off to war in 1914
- Holly Kilpatrick on Oxford University in World War One on developments and activities in the colleges and University during the war
- Dr Myfanwy Lloyd on how war is remembered and commemorated including local Oxfordshire examples
Access to basement gallery and special exhibition only.