What to expect from the 2nd annual WW1 Conference at Weetwood Hall

2014 may have marked 100 years since the First World War, but commemorations continue into the New Year around the country and all over the world. At Weetwood Hall in Leeds this August, the focus is again on this most significant milestone in world history, offering new perspectives on a myriad of fascinating WWI issues.

Returning for a second year after the success of last year’s ‘First World War in Retrospect’ event, which was excellently attended by delegates from all over the world, military consultant Colonel Alan C. Roberts and conference director Dr Peter Liddle will present the 2015 conference. Full details of the event are currently being finalised, but here’s an inside look on what to expect this year.

What’s on the agenda for 2015?

If you’re planning to attend this year’s World War One conference, which will be held between 2nd and 7th August, you can expect a packed schedule of presentations from no less than 18 renowned speakers. Big names include:

  • Dr John Bourne, from the University of Wolverhampton, presenting on ‘The Widening War: Britain and the Ottoman Empire’
  • Professor Gary Sheffield, also from the University of Wolverhampton, presenting on the topic of ‘The War within the war: Politicians and Generals’
  • Sir Ian Kershaw, from the University of Sheffield, speaking about ‘The lasting impact of the Great War on Adolf Hitler of the Great War on Adolf Hitler’

These include an after-dinner talk from Dr Clare Makepeac e on ‘Sex: the citizen and the soldier’, an exploration by Professor Alan Roberts into how the ravages of the battlefield prompted the birth of plastic surgery as we know it, an excursion to Halifax and the Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum – there are even practical demonstrations including preparing a shoe for a horse, by honorary Farrier Sergeant Jarvis Browning.

Full details of the topics, speakers and presentations can be found here.

Hospitality at Weetwood Hall

Accompanying all of the events on the 2015 conference itinerary is an unrivalled hospitality package from the conference centre at Weetwood Hall. For example, delegates can expect five nights’ accommodation in comfortable and modern en-suite rooms, pre-dinner drinks receptions, all meals and tea/coffee refreshment breaks. The venue has complimentary Wi-Fi, free parking and all excursions and events are included.

The response to last year’s conference was fantastic, with delegates commenting on the thought-provoking and stimulating nature of the discussions, as well as the fellowship between delegates due to a shared appreciation of the subject.

Organisers of this year’s event expect that anyone with an interest in The Great War will find the 2nd annual WWI conference just as enriching and immersive an experience, as well as being a highly memorable event in their calendar for 2015.

 

 

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