Somme Lectures June 2016

Fields of Battle - Guildhall Lecture Programme

  • Wednesday 1st June
  • Prof Sir Hew Strachan 
    • An invitation only lecture after opening ceremony
    • Biog: Sir Hew Strachan FRSE FRHistS is a Scottish military historian, well known for his work on the administration of the British Army and the history of the First World War. He is Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and  a trustee of both the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Imperial War Museum.
    • Location: The Guildhall
  • Thursday 9th June, 6.00pm 
  • Prof Gary Sheffield – The Aftermath of the Somme
    • “Gary Sheffield is one of Britain’s foremost historians of the First World War – insightful, original, and superbly informed”.  Max Hastings
    • Biog: Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies the University of Wolverhampton and a military historian. He has published widely, especially on the First World War, and contributes too many newspapers, journals and magazines. He frequently broadcasts on television and radio.
    • Location - St Lawrence Jewry Church at The Guildhall
  • Wednesday 15th June, 6.00pm
  • Clive Harris – Londoners on the Somme
    • ​​Biog: Clive Harris is a full time battlefield guide and lover of London. His previous books include Walking the London Blitz and The Greater Game – Sporting Icons Who Fell in the Great War.  In 1998 he began working as a speaker, writer, researcher and battlefield guide and since then has guided groups to the Somme, Ypres, Arras, Mons, Cambrai, The Hindenburg Line, Verdun, & Gallipoli for the Great War, as well as Normandy, Arnhem, The Italian Campaign and of course the London Blitz for the Second World War.  He remains passionate about London, his favourite city and like Dr Johnson never tires of all it has to offer.
    • Location - St Lawrence Jewry Church at The Guildhall 
  • Thursday 16th June 6.00 to 8.00 
  • Michael St Maur Sheil.  Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: Somme 100
    • Biog:  After studying Geography at Oxford, in the early 1970's 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.
    • Location – The event will take place in the Guildhall Library.  There is an admission charge of £5 plus booking fee which includes a wine reception
  • Wednesday 22nd June 6.00pm
  • Ms Luci Gosling -'Goodbye, Old Man' Fortunino Matania: Art & Reality during the First World War
    • Biog: Lucinda Gosling studied History at the University of Liverpool now works for the Mary Evans Picture library which specialises in historical materials and illustrations. Her speciality is the art, illustration and social history of the Great War and she is the author of a number of books including, 'Brushes & Bayonets' (Osprey, 2008), 'Great War Britain' (History Press, 2014) and 'Goodbye, Old Man: Matania's Vision of the First World War' (History Press, 2014).  Lucinda is a regular public speaker on themes as diverse as WW1 knitting, WW1 entertainment and the British War Dog School.  She is author of the introductory essay in a new book on Matania, 'Drawing from History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania,' due to be published by Book Palace Books this summer.
    • Location – St Lawrence Jewry Church at The Guildhall
  • Wednesday 29th June, 6.00pm 
  • Professor William Philpott. - The Changing Landscapes of the Somme
  • Biog: Professor William Philpott teaches the history of warfare in the Department of War Studies, King’ College London, an internationally renowned centre for the study of war and conflict. He specialises in the history of Anglo-French relations, British strategy and the military operations of the French army, and has published several books and more than thirty scholarly articles and chapters on these subjects.  He is the author of ‘Bloody Victory’, a wide-ranging, critically acclaimed history of the battles of the Somme, and more recently an international military history of the Great War, ‘Attrition: Fighting the First World War’.
  • Location – St Lawrence Jewry Church at The Guildhall