- Deadline 16 October! Call for Papers: Pack Up Your Troubles - 27th to 29th April 2016
- Commemoration: 101st Anniversary of ANZAC DAY - 25th April 2016
- POZIERES - 24th April 2016
- ANZAC Day New Zealand Service - 23rd April 2016
- Albert - 24th April 2016
- 1916 Through Music and Song, Newtownhamilton High School - 22nd April 2016
- The GAA and the Great War - 14th April 2016
- First World War Family History Workshops at the Ulster Museum - 12th April 2016
- Remembering 1916 - Lecture: Professor Fran Brearton, “Easter 1912, 1914, 1916: Poetry and Sacrifice” - 6th April 2016
27th to 29th April 2016
Gateways to the First World War, an AHRC-funded centre for public engagement with the centenary of 1914-1918, is pleased to announce a conference Pack Up Your Troubles: Performance Cultures in the First World War to be held at the University of Kent in CanterburyWednesday 27th – Friday 29th April 2016.
From the popular to elite, amateur to professional, a wide range of performative genres had a significant impact on the fighting spirit of servicemen and civilians in all combatant countries. Yet this vital area of the conflict has yet to be subject to in-depth academic attention. This conference will explore a variety of performance cultures in all theatres of war, on the home and fighting fronts, 1914-1918, seeking to extend the breadth and depth of our knowledge of this important area of First World War studies.
A combination of keynotes, panel sessions, workshops and performances will feature work on a broad range of wartime subjects including music, music hall, theatre, cinema and dance.
- What role did music, cinema and theatre play in the lives of servicemen and women, and civilians, in Britain and other combatant nations?
- How did wartime restrictions (ideological, economic and material) alter the nature of performance between 1914 and 1918?
- In what ways did theatres, cinemas, music halls respond to the war effort?
- What were the therapeutic uses of music and theatre?
- How were the tensions between entertainment and high art played out during the war, and what were the post-war consequences for the entertainment industries?
Proposals to a maximum of 300 words for papers of 20 minutes duration are invited for submission to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 16th October 2015
For more information please contact email@example.com
25th April 2016
A poignant ANZAC Day Dawn Service is held every year at 5.30am, on 25 April, at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux. This ceremony pays particular homage to the Australians who served during the First World War and especially remembers those who fought on the French battlefields and in the Somme.
During the whole week, many commemorative events will be held in Villers-Bretonneux and in other towns and villages throughout the Somme in remembrance of the Anzacs.
24th April 2016
Narrated Walking Rally – Pozières town hall
Digger-Cote 160 Association
23rd April 2016
The Battle of the Somme was New Zealand's first major engagement on the Western Front. It took a huge toll on the 15,000 members of the New Zealand Division who were involved. Roughly one in seven of the division who fought on the Somme was killed, and about four in every ten were wounded. More than 2000 New-Zealanders lie buried on what was once the battlefield of the Somme.
In commemoration of ANZAC Day a service of remembrance will be held at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and Memorial on 23 April at 3pm.
No inscription or registration is needed to attend the ceremony.
24th April 2016
Concert organised by the Souvenir Français at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Albert
22nd April 2016 at 8.00pm
1916 Through Music and Song, Newtownhamilton High School
Friday 22nd April 2016 at 8.00pm.
For more information please go to:
14 April 2016 (AGM) from 6.30pm to 8.45pm
12 April 2016 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm at Ulster Museum - FREE
First World War Family History Workshops at the Ulster Museum – Tuesday 12 April & Tuesday 10 May 2016, 2pm-4.30pm:
Led by Dr Marie Coleman, Queen’s University, Belfast, in partnership with the Nerve Centre, this practical workshop will introduce the various sources available for researching those that enlisted during the First World War, allowing you to build a better picture of the role played by your ancestors.
Lecture: Professor Fran Brearton, “Easter 1912, 1914, 1916: Poetry and Sacrifice”
6 April 2016 from 1.00pm to 2.00pm at Ulster Museum - FREE
Free Lunchtime Lecture: Professor Fran Brearton, “Easter 1912, 1914, 1916: Poetry and Sacrifice”
Wednesday 6 April
Time 1pm – 2pm
Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum
Free (Booking essential)
This talk will look at poetic responses to political tensions in Ireland, from the Home Rule crisis through the outbreak of the Great War to the Easter Rising, comparing poems by (amongst others) W. B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, and Patrick Pearse, with work by some of Ireland’s serving soldier-poets – C. S. Lewis, Monk Gibbon, Francis Ledwidge, and Tom Kettle.
Fran Brearton is Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, and assistant director of the Seamus Heaney Centre. Her research interests are primarily in British and Irish Poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her first book was a study of the effects of the First World War on 20th-century Irish poetry; most recently, she co-edited (with Alan Gillis) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry.
Book tickets online at:www.nmni.com/1916.
Sophie Long will be attending on behalf of Living Legacies 1914-18.
Public Workshops and Roundtables at Maynooth University
Three notable aspects of the ‘Decade of Commemorations’ thus far have been the lack of an all-island commemorative strategy; the underrepresentation or outright exclusion of women scholars/ artists/ writers/ activists / stakeholders from major events (the RIA’s ‘Global Perspectives on the Rising’ series and the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Waking the Rising’ programme are two high profile examples); and its domination by historical discourse and by historians. These public talks and roundtable events, taking place at Maynooth University on Tuesday 19th January and Wednesday 6th April, aim to diversify approaches to the ‘decade of commemoration’. They focus intentionally on ‘women and the decade of commemorations’ as a corrective to the current national conversation, seeking to showcase the scholarly and creative work of women working in an Irish cultural context, as well as to initiate discussion about women of the period of a century ago. Finally, they aim to consider the ways in which the ‘decade of commemoration’ has in fact limited discussion and debate about commemorations perceived to lie outside of its remit (such as the 20thanniversary of the closing of the last Magdalene laundry).
Scholars, writers, art practitioners, activists and community workers are invited to attend to participate in roundtable discussions, with the longer term goal of establishing an inclusive, all-island commemoration network.