A series of FREE public talks at Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields.

Talks start at 7.30 pm.

Military Intelligence in the Great WarProgramme for 2015

13th January
Ian McArdle Sarajevo 1914

17th February
Rt. Hon. Alan Campbell MP By ticket only from Low Lights Tavern, Keelrow Bookshop and Project Workroom Linskill.

10th March
Tony Ball Military Intelligence in the Great War

21st April
Jeff Bennett The War the Artillery knew.

19th May
Ian McArdle Medical Services in the Great War

23rd June
no talk

28th July
Anthea Lang Life on the Home Front

Monday 24th August - At the Victor Noble Rainbird exhibition, Old Low Light Heritage Centre, Cliffords Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields.
Ian McArdle Shellshock
(note this talk starts at 11 am - admission £2.00 including Heritage Centre and Rainbird Exhibition).

22nd September
Peter Coppack Development of the Tank

20th October
To be announced

17th November
To be announced

Past Lectures held at the University of Northumbria

Professor Sir Hugh StrachanWednesday 9 October 2013

Professor Sir Hew Strachan All Souls College Oxford University
The ideas of war, 1914.

Sir Hew Strachan is Chichele Professor of the History of War and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Through his numerous publications he has become recognised as one of the leading authorities on the First World War. He is a Member of Council of the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers).

PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE - Lecture Room 002, City Campus East - Opposite Manors Metro Station
(parking available on-site - chargeable).


Professor Martin PughWednesday 13 November 2013

Dr Martin Pugh former Professor Newcastle University
Women and the Great War

Dr Martin Pugh graduated in modern history and politics in 1969. He subsequently completed research for his PhD. on ‘The background to the 1918 Representation of the People Act’ at Bristol University and the Institute of Historical Research, London University, from 1971 to 1974. Between 1974 and 1999 he was successively lecturer, senior lecturer and professor of modern British history at the Newcastle University.His latest book is Britain: Unification and Disintegration , a study of the current crisis of national identity.

Mr John Lewis-StempelTuesday 3 December 2013

Mr John Lewis-Stempel
The experiences of junior officers at the front

John Lewis-Stempel is a historian and author, specialising in military and natural history. He published Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War in November 2010 to widespread acclaim; it was reviewed in The Times Literary Review as ‘The single most moving book that I have read on the Great War’.

His latest book is The War Behind the Wire, a history of British PoWs in Germany during the Great War.

Professor John DerryTuesday 21 January 2014

Emeritus Professor John Derry Newcastle University
Hindenburg and Ludendorff: A brilliant partnership?

Emeritus Professor John Derry studied history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Following national service in the RAF he returned to Emmanuel College as a resident fellow. In 1961 he was appointed lecturer at the London School of Economics before returning to Cambridge to a lectureship at Downing College. 1970 saw the beginning of his distinguished career at Newcastle University where he ultimately became professor of history. His many publications include twelve books, including biographies of Pitt, Fox, Castlereagh and Grey.

Dr Edward MadiganTuesday 18 February 2014

Dr Edward Madigan Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The better part of valour: British understandings of courage during WW1

Dr Edward Madigan was awarded a PhD. in modern history at Trinity College Dublin in 2007 and acted as Associate Director and Princess Grace Fellow at the TCD Centre for War Studies before joining the CWGC as Resident Historian in November 2011. His work combines military, cultural and social history and his research interests include the British and Irish experience and memory of the Great War, and British religious faith, morality and identity in wartime. His first book, Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War, was published in 2011.

Professor Gary SheffieldTuesday 4 March 2014

Professor Gary Sheffield University of Wolverhampton
Haig reconsidered

Professor Gary Sheffield takes up the Chair for War Studies at Wolverhampton University in September 2013. He has previous held Chairs at King's College London and Birmingham University He is a military historian specialising in the two world wars. His most recent book was published in 2011 as The Chief: Douglas Haig and the Transformation of the British Army. The culmination of a decade of research into Haig, it combines a conventional biography with a study of Haig in the context of the army of his time.

Professor Andrew LambertTuesday 8 April 2014

Professor Andrew Lambert King’s College London
The Royal Navy during WWI

Professor Andrew Lambert BA (Law) MA, PhD, is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London. After completing his doctoral research at King’s he taught at the University of West of England, the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and also Director of the Laughton Naval History Unit housed at King’s.

Professor Joanna BourkeTuesday 13 May 2014 at 6.30pm PLEASE NOTE REVISED DATE AND TIME

Professor Joanna Bourke Birkbeck College London
Armistice and disability

Professor Joanna Bourke is Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College. Over the years, her work has ranged from the social and economic history of Ireland, to social histories of the British working classes, to cultural histories of military conflict between the American Civil War and the present, to a history of fear. In 2011, she published a history of what it means to be human, exploring human-animal relations between 1791 and the present. She is currently engaged in a large Wellcome Trust-funded project investigating the history of pain.