28th July - 1st August 2014
The First World War exerted an impact on British society and upon British relations with Europe, the Dominions, the United States and the emerging Soviet Union which transformed all pre 1914 familiar circumstance. The 1939-45 war notwithstanding, it is the "Great War" which, very largely, shaped today's world. Positive and negative developments, progress and regression, opportunities and pitfalls in national, international and world affairs, can all be identified as rooted in the war and its consequences. With the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of the war there could hardly be a more opportune time for reconsideration of the factors which drew Britain into the war, the degree to which the Armed Forces, the Government and the Nation itself were prepared for what ensued.
There is the extraordinary story of the national response as the crisis evolved, not just in the political and military direction of the war but of the young men transforming themselves into Servicemen and the young women searching for and finding a role to play.
Even in the first few months there were remarkable innovations and extensions of developments hitherto just glimpsed - medical advances, nursing and hospital needs. Then there was the wider use of animals, and the use of film for information and propaganda.
All this and more is to be brought to the delegates at this imaginative conference by a team of talented men and women accustomed to sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with audiences from a wide-ranging interest in the First World War.