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We are very pleased to announce the return of our successful series of military talks due to launch in September 2016. Held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in a central Hertfordshire location, these talks will bring together some of the foremost military historians from throughout the United Kingdom for a series covering a wide range of subjects relating to the Great War. As with all our talks, the Herts at War 2016/17 series will be FREE to attend, although as a non-profit organisation your donations are welcome. All talks will commence at 7.30pm with arrival from 7pm.  

*PLEASE NOTE - The location for our September and October talks is confirmed as The Theatre, St Christopher School, Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG63JZ - Further talk locations are yet to be confirmed. We will provide information on venue for each talk in due course. 


Check out the fantastic line-up of acclaimed speakers we have booked below!

Useful links:
Printable (abbreviated) Programme - Full details and updates appear below.
Location map for campus and the lecture theatre (Room N001 opposite the internal entrance to the Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield
Alway book because you will need a car park pass if you are driving and we need to know numbers.  A pass will be sent shortly after booking, unless too close to the date in which case please contact jontywild@hertsatwar.co.uk.


Wednesday 21st September 2016 - Professor Peter Doyle - Kitchener's Mob


Peter Doyle specialises in the understanding of military terrain, with special reference to the two world wars. He is also an author specialising in the British experience of war, and the material culture of war. A member of the British Commission of Military History, and secretary of the Parliamentary All Party War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Group, he is the author of many works of military history and the material culture of warfare. A regular speaker at conferences and in invited lectures, he has given numerous specialist battlefield talks and battlefield tours. Peter Doyle is an occasional visiting lecturer at the US Military Academy, West Point (2007, 2014). 


Peter will be speaking at The Theatre, St Christopher School, Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 3JZ. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kitcheners-mob-by-professor-peter-doyle-tickets-27210177373



Wednesday 19th October 2016 - Alan Wakefield - Salonika - The Forgotten Front 


Alan was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire in 1968. He graduated from the University of Reading in 1990 with a degree in History and followed this with an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. Having worked as a curator at the National Maritime Museum and RAF Museum, Alan qualified with an MA in Museum Studies from University College London. Between 2000 and 2010 he was employed as a curator in the Photograph Archive of the Imperial War Museum. For the past five years Alan has held the position of Section Head – Photographs, being responsible for the curatorial team managing the IWM Photograph Archive. In 2004 he co-authored Under the Devil’s Eye: Britain’s Forgotten Army at Salonika 1915-1918 for Sutton Publishing and in 2006 Christmas in the Trenches 1914 – 1918 for the same publisher. In 2009, Alan edited for publication by Haynes the diary of a Royal Field Artillery signaller who served on the Western Front, titled Plough and Scatter: the Diary-journal of a First World War Gunner. Alan currently holds the position of Chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society.


Alan will be speaking at The Theatre, St Christopher School, Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City, Herts, SG6 3JZ. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/salonika-the-forgotten-front-by-alan-wakefield-tickets-27215101100




Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Andy Robertshaw - The attack on Beaumont Hamel


Andy was lead historical consultant for Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse, which he also starred in. He is a regular consultant and on-screen expert for a host of TV and radio shows, including Time TeamThe Trench Detectives and Who Do You Think You Are?

He has spearheaded numerous archaeological investigations along the Western Front and is currently leading a new archaeological project, focussing on the Somme area ahead of the 2016 centenary. He is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London and regularly consults the British Army on historical matters, as well as serving as Forensic Trauma specialist for the Norwegian Army, and regularly lecturing in North America and Canada.

Andy will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:



https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-attack-on-beaumont-hamel-by-andy-robertshaw-tickets-27215155262



Wednesday 14th December 2016 - Jeremy Banning - La Boiselle - Underground War


Jeremy Banning is a military historian and researcher specialising in the underground warfare and The Battle of Arras. He has collaborated on a number of books with Peter Barton, as well as acting as principal researcher for other books, radio and television programmes. He appeared in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? when he showed comedian and actor Hugh Dennis around the battlefields in France and Flanders. Jeremy has also worked on episodes of the BBC Wales genealogy series Coming Home as well as various Time Team Specials. Recent historical consultancy work includes the BBC's 'The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars', 'War of Words: Soldier Poets of the Somme' and 'The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire'. Jeremy conducts specialist research for clients and guides bespoke battlefield trips. Previous clients include the National Trust, Historic England and the British Army. Jeremy is a founding member of the La Boisselle Study Group who spent three years conducting archaeology and tunnel exploration on the Somme. He lectures widely on a variety of military subjects.


Jeremy will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/life-and-death-in-the-la-boiselle-sector-by-jeremy-banning-tickets-27215190367



Wednesday 18th January 2017 - Peter Barton - The Somme - From both sides of the wire


Peter Barton is an historian and writer on First World War matters, and a film-maker and broadcaster producing and presenting historical documentaries for television and festivals. From 2002 to 2013, he was secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group. He works as a consultant with the French and Belgian institutes of Archaeology advising on First World War excavations planned and in progress, and has himself instigated several unique archaeological excavations on the Western Front, including the Vampir Dugout project in 2007, the quest for the Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector in 2010, and a four-year project at La Boisselle, Somme.
In the past he has organised reunions for First World War veterans, both in the UK and in France and Belgium. He instigated and designed the DCLI memorial unveiled by Harry Patch near Langemarck, Belgium in 2008, and also the Tunnellers Memorial in Givenchy, France (2010). He was historian for the Fromelles mass-grave project, where the remains of over 250 allied soldiers were recovered and reburied in a new cemetery.
Peter's most recent publication, The Lost Legions of Fromelles, reflects his passion for unbiased history. It was the first book to look at a First World War action in a detailed, balanced manner using primary sources from the archives of all the belligerents with the object of seeking a better truth. It was awarded the Australian History Prize. To press and public acclaim, his latest television project, the BBC’s Somme centenary series, followed this same approach.


Peter will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-somme-from-both-sides-of-the-wire-by-peter-barton-tickets-27215215442


Wednesday 15th February 2017 - Clive Harris - Verdun


Clive served in the Royal Signals and with Hertfordshire Constabulary before embarking on a career in military history in 1998. In addition to the publication of “Walking the London Blitz”, ” Wander through Wartime London” and “The Greater Game” he has contributed to Time Team, Time Watch, Blitz Spirit and CBS’s Legacy of War. His specialist battlefield subjects are The Retreat of 1914, The Ypres Salient, 1918, The London Blitz and the Italian Campaign of 1943/44. Clive is the holder of badge number 33 within the Guild of Battlefield Guides and is a member of the British Commission for Military History. Clive has led hundreds of groups across the battlefields of the Western Front and has worked with top historians such as Sir Max Hastings and has also been a government advisor on the national Somme centenary commemorations. 


Clive will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/verdun-by-clive-harris-tickets-27215252553



Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Richard Van Emden - Meeting the Enemy


Richard van Emden is a well-known historian of the Great War, having interviewed 270 veterans and written, so far, twelve books. He was born in Nottingham in 1965, and read Politics at Newcastle University, subsequently taking his MA and MPhil at the University of Reading. He trained as a journalist and worked in London for two years before going to Cologne University and writing his first book, Tickled to Death to Go, the biography of Ben Clouting, who took part in the first action of the Great War and served until the end. In 1994, Richard came back to the UK and began work for Testimony Films, acting as associate producer on the award-winning Roses of No Man’s Land and Veterans. Subsequently, he worked for the BBC on The Trench and for independent television companies, making documentaries for BBC1, BBC2, BBC4 and Channel 4. These include Britain’s Boy Soldiers, What did you do in the Great War, Daddy? 


Richard will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meeting-the-enemy-by-richard-van-emden-tickets-27215280637




Wednesday 19th April 2017 - Peter Hart - Air War over Arras


Peter Hart has worked as the Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum since 1981, interviewing many veterans of the Great War during his time with the IWM. He is the author of many books on the Great War including publications on Gallipoli, the Somme, Jutland and Passchendaele and several on the Air War over the Western Front. Peter is a household name in the field of military history for those with an interest in First Hand accounts from the veterans themselves. Peter is also renowned as an engaging and fascinating speaker and is a regular on the speaking circuit within the subject, using his incredible knowledge of twentieth century military history and passion to great effect in what always promises to be an interesting evening! 



Peter will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/air-war-over-arras-by-peter-hart-tickets-27215303706






Wednesday 17th May 2017 - Mike St Maur Sheil - Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace


After studying Geography at Oxford, in the early 1970s Mike began his life as a photo-journalist by covering 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland. Here he became associated with the New York picture agency, Black Star and over thirty years later he is still in the fortunate position of being paid to do what he loves doing - taking photographs.
Mike has visited over 60 countries around the world, working for a wide range of clients such as ABC-TV, BBC, Anti-Slavery International, British Red Cross, European Commission, National Geographic, New York Times, Shell, Time & Time Life. His most recent work is the acclaimed ‘Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace’ photographic exhibition of the battlefields of the Western Front. Mike is also a badged guide with the Guild of Battlefield Guides.



Mike will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fields-of-battle-lands-of-peace-by-mike-st-maur-sheil-tickets-27215349844





Wednesday 21st June 2017 - Professor Gary Sheffield - Gallipoli and the Western Front compared

Gary was educated at Raynes Park High School and the University of Leeds (BA 1982, MA by research 1985) and King’s College London (1994). His academic career started in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985, working alongside colleagues such as Richard Holmes, John Keegan, David Chandler, John Pimlott and many others. Gary moved on to KCL in 1999 as Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, where he was also Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, the UK military’s senior operational course. In 2005 Gary was awarded a Personal Chair by KCL, and moved to the University of Birmingham to take up the inaugural Chair of War Studies in 2006, joining the University of Wolverhampton as Professor of War Studies, where along with Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor John Buckley, and Dr Spencer Jones, they form the strongest group of military history scholars in a conventional UK university.

Gary will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gallipoli-and-the-western-front-compared-by-professor-gary-sheffield-tickets-27215378931




Wednesday 19th July 2017 - Gordon Corrigan - 3rd Battle of Ypres


Major Gordon Corrigan MBE was an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles before retiring from the Army in 1998. He is now a military historian and the author of numerous books. His television appearances include The Gurkhas, Napoleon’s Waterloo and Battlefield Detectives, and so far he has presented five series on various aspects of military history. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Universities of Birmingham and Kent, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Member of the British Commission for Military History and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farriers.

Gordon will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/3rd-battle-of-ypres-by-gordon-corrigan-tickets-27324295704






Wednesday 16th August 2017 - Dan Hill - The Hertfordshire Regiment in 1917


A Hertfordshire native, Dan has always had a real passion for military history and considers himself incredibly fortunate to have worked since 2008 full-time in the field. Originally at the Imperial War Museum, he founded and now leads the Herts at War Project and has also worked free-lance on many local and national military history projects including 'Hertfordshire - A County at War'. Most recently he was resident historian and historical advisor on the UK’s Somme Centenary commemorations in Manchester and Westminster Abbey. Dan also works as an active battlefield guide on the Western Front where he often guides groups around the battlefields of Europe. He is a National Committee member of the WFA and is also currently employed on the CWGC's Living Memory Project.

Dan will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Western Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-hertfordshire-regiment-in-1917-by-dan-hill-tickets-27215414036

 





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