• FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

A Century of Remembrance

Chattri Memorial, 2008
Join us for a conference on how the First World War has been remembered over the past 100 years. Hear from an international panel of experts and learn more about how and why we remember.

The past four years have seen an upsurge of interest in the First World War. How has the centenary period transformed, or challenged, how we remember those who fought in the conflict, and how does that vary across the world?

Our panel of experts will be looking at how the conflict has impacted the different countries that participated, and the outcomes of the centenary activity. It will raise questions about who we remember, how we remember, and what the legacy of the centenary will be.

Our keynote speaker will be Sir Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews and Chair of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's 2014-18 Committee.


9.30am - 10am

Registration and coffee

10am - 11.50am

Welcome by Justin Maciejewski, Director of the National Army Museum

Panel 1: The Centenaries
Chaired by Dr Jenny Macleod (University of Hull)

  • Commemorating the First World War on the Island of Ireland
    Prof Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Reflections on the Centenary
    Prof Lucy Noakes (University of Essex)
  • The War’s Long Shadow on the British Army
    Allan Mallinson
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Centenary of the First World War
    Dr Glyn Prysor (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
  • Q&A

12pm – 1.15pm

Panel 2: Conflicting Commemorations
Chaired by Dr Jonathan Boff (University of Birmingham)

  • The Colour of Memory
    Prof Santanu Das (King’s College London)
  • The ANZAC Myth and Memory in Australia
    Rob Fleming (National Army Museum)
  • American Memory of the First World War
    Dr Lisa Budreau (Tennessee State Museum)
  • Q&A

1.15pm - 2pm


2pm - 3.10pm

Panel 3: Beyond the Centenary
Chaired by Justin Maciejewski

  • Poppies, Families and Centennial Commemoration of the First World War in Britain
    Dr Helen McCartney (King’s College London)
  • Engaging Communities in a Forgotten Past
    Selena Carty (Black Poppy Rose)
  • Museums as Commemorative Spaces
    Dr Peter Johnston (National Army Museum)
  • Q&A

3.30pm - 4.50pm

Keynote intro: Justin Maciejewski

Keynote: Why Have We Commemorated the Centenary?
Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)

  • Discussant: Justin Maciejewski
  • Q&A

Conclusion and thank you

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