Second series of commemorative lectures to mark outbreak of World War One


A second series of lectures is being held in Bedford by The Royal British Legion in commemoration of the outbreak of World War One.

The talks are open to the public, interested societies, schools and other educational establishments.

Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s World War 1: Then and Now programme, this year’s talks consider the legacy of war culturally, militarily and geo-politically.

The speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds - military historians, a museum curator and researchers are among those visiting.

The lectures begin on Monday, October 26 with Zeppelin Blitz- The Story of Zeppelin Air Raids on Great Britain, given by Neil Storey, a historian who has written a book of the same title.

Other lecture dates are:

November 23: Re-establishment of Poland - Mags Brady.

January 25: Gallipoli 1915 - Muddle and Myths - George Sutherland.

February 29: Archaeology in the Trenches: The British Salonika Forces antiquities collection - Andrew Shapland, who is the Greek Bronze Age curator in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum. His research focuses on animals and Bronze Age Crete, and he is currently part of a field project at the site of Knossos. Since 2011 he has been involved in a collaboration with the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki to restudy the finds of the British Salonika Force and reintegrate them into the history of archaeology in Macedonia.

April 11: Trench Warfare - Richard Knight.

April 25: WW1 Code Breakers - Mike Chapman and Sarah Ralph.

The talks will be held in the Harpur Suite (except that on November 23 which is in the Howard Room), all within the Bedford Corn Exchange complex. Talks start at 7.30pm.

As last year, tickets will be priced at £5 and £4 for concessions, available from the booking office at the Corn Exchange. Children and young people under the age of 18 and those in full-time

education admitted free.