SAHR Centenary lectures

Wednesday 21st April - Wednesday 26th May 2021

As the planned Centenary events cannot be held in person due to the coronavirus pandemic, the SAHR is organising a series of virtual lectures and panels instead.

These Wednesday evening sessions will consist of a keynote lecture by a leading historian, followed by a panel of research papers discussing aspects of a common theme, and ending with a Q&A session. They will be held on 21 April, 28 April, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May and 26 May. The keynote addresses will begin at 6:45pm BST. A break will follow, and the research panels will begin at 8pm BST.

Members will need to register for the events via Demio. Links to the registration pages have been sent via email and are also available on the password-protected 'Your Account' page on the website. Members who are not able to tune in live should still register to obtain a recording of the proceedings which they can view at their leisure.

See below for the schedule.

21 April 
Keynote by Sir Hew Strachan
- From William Napier to Michael Howard: the contribution of Britain to military history
Discussion Panel ‘Relations with Civilians, Allies and Enemies’
Amelia Clegg – ‘Emissaries of Empire’: The Dynamics of Professional Relations between Coldstream Guards Regimental Officers and Indigenous Auxiliary Workers in the South African Conflict (1899–1902)
Jake Gasson – ‘the most weird mixture of humanity’: British views of friends and foes at the onset of the Salonika campaign, October–December 1915
Fabio Simonetti – British Soldiers’ First Encounter with Italian Civilians: A New Historical and Social Perspective on the Invasion of Sicily

28 April
Keynote by Rev Dr Peter Howson
- Army chaplains in Germany in 1945: A study in ambiguity
Discussion Panel ‘Battles of the Second World War’
WO2 (SSM) Philip Brazier – British and Canadian combat engineers during operations to clear the Scheldt estuary, 1944
Gareth Davies – Was the British Infantry Tank concept valid in the context of the Second World War?

5 May
Keynote by Prof Juliette Pattinson -
‘Feeling peeved and a little guilty’: attitudes towards Army service among reserved occupation workers during the Second World War
Discussion Panel ‘Rank and File’
Joshua Bilton – ‘Forgotten Servicemen: Britain, the First World War and the memory of conscription’
Dr Nina Baker – Not just ‘Ack–Ack girls’: the experimental gunnery work of ATS and WRAC women with the Royal Artillery
Lieutenant Colonel Sean Scullion – Continuing the Fight: Spaniards in the British Army, 1939-1946

12 May
Keynote by Dr Yolande Hodson
- From the Board of Ordnance to the Quarter Master General’s Department: an introduction to the development of British military mapping 1683-1815
Discussion Panel ‘Managing Misbehaviour’
Zack White – Humanity, Honour, or Horrible History?: Re–appraising crime and punishment in Britain’s Napoleonic–era army
Tara Finn – The British Army and the Contagious Diseases Act
Bethany Moore – Why did the military police of the First World War operate in varying ways in different theatres of war?

19 May
Keynote by Prof Richard Grayson
- Military History from the Street: Belfast, Dublin and Conflicted Histories of the First World War
Discussion Panel ‘Men and Machines in the Great War Era’
Andrew Lock – In Pursuit of Tactical Prowess, and the German Army: The BEF’s Progress on the Advance to the Hindenburg Line, 1917
David Spruce – Recruiting and Training the Royal Flying Corps. Finding and Preparing the Men who would fight Britain’s First War in the Air
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Macro – Men, Motorcycles and Machine Guns on the North West Frontier

26 May
Keynote by Professor Ian Beckett
- Articles of War: British Army Historiography since 1921
Discussion Panel ‘Writing about History’
Dr William Fletcher – Sir William Napier’s History of the Peninsular War Reassessed
Dr Ismini Pells – John Woodward, the English Civil War, and the history of the British Army


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