• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Ends and beginnings: Legacies of the Great War

Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, November 2015
This conference will explore aspects of the First World War following on from the November 1918 Armistice.

Organised by the British Commission for Military History, the National Army Museum and the Western Front Association, this one-day conference will examine the immediate impacts of the First World War, as well as the British Army's subsequent operations and campaigns.

The conference will also reflect on the war's legacy and the different ways it was commemorated during the 2014-18 centenary period.

Speakers will include Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Professor Richard Grayson, General Mungo Melvin, Dr Catriona Pennell and Professor Gary Sheffield.

Terms and conditions of ticket sales

Logos of the British Commission for Military History and the Western Front Association


9.30am - 10.15am

  • Registration and coffee

10.15am - 10.20am

  • Welcome and intro

10.20am - 11.20am

Keynote 1
  • Peacemaking after the Great War
    Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)

11.20am - 11.45am

  • Break

11.45am - 12.45pm

Keynote 2
  • Conflict in Ireland, 1916-23
    Professor Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths)

12.45pm - 1.45pm

  • Lunch

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Keynote 3
  • Commemoration in 'an era of existential crises': Community history projects and cultural memory of the First World War in Britain, 2014-18
    Dr Catriona Pennell (University of Exeter)

2.45pm - 3.15pm

  • Break

3.15pm - 4.50pm

Panel: Staff rides, battlefield tours, and the First World War centenary
  • Operation Reflect: Recent military learning from the Great War
    Major General Mungo Melvin Ret'd (British Commission for Military History)
  • Guiding the Western Front from an educational and international perspective
    Jo Hook MA (Guild of Battlefield Guides)
  • Learning 'joint' lessons from the First World War? Gallipoli and D-Day as staff rides
    Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Q&A

4.50pm - 5.00pm

  • Concluding remarks and thank you

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