President's Conference 2013
A World at War 1914 - 1918: 1913 - Prelude to War
Saturday 5 October 2013
Joint WFA/National Army Museum Conference 2013
The Great War Underground
2 November 2013
With the Great War Centenary almost upon us, the second WFA President's Conference will provide an opportunity for four leading authorities on the war to preview the year 1913. The aim is to explore the advent of the Great War and some possible causes and contributions.
- Planning Armageddon? The Royal Navy's strategic thinking and the provisions for war with Germany - Dr Scott Lindgren
- Pre-war civilian life in Britain, France and Germany: the possibility of war - Dr Adrian Gregory
- The Home Army in 1913: the anticipated role of the territorial force - Dr Bill Mitchinson
- Readying the Rapier: the British Army in 1913 - Dr Spencer Jones
A generous lunchtime buffet is available which will also cater for vegetarians.
Coffee will be available from 9.45 with proceedings commencing at 10.30.
The bar will be open after the conference.
The day will be structured to allow ample time for Q&A after each talk and a plenary at the end of the day.
Price £30:00 per person.
There's also an optional three-course dinner to follow (£26.oo per person).
More details, a downloadable booking form and location map are available on the WFA website.
We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham on Saturday, 5 October.
We also would like to invite you to our joint WFA/NAM Conference: The Underground War.
Our six speakers will explore a wide range of aspects of this fascinating part of the Great War conflict:
Philip Robinson: "An introduction to military mining"
Examines the different purposes of military mining in the context of military history
Prof Peter Doyle: "The Geology of the Western Front"
Explains the impact that geology had on mining activities.
Peter Barton: "A Deadly Rhythm"
Military mining during the Great War - a technical view for the layman.
David Hedges: "Canadian Graffiti in Maison Blanche"
The story of the research into the graffiti carved by the Canadians who sheltered in a recently discovered, ancient underground quarry.
Dr Ritchie Wood: "Welsh miners on the Western Front"
The story of the Welsh miners before, during, and after the war.
Simon Jones: "Born fighters - who were the tunnellers?
Personal biographies will be used to explain who the Tunnellers were and how their special skills led to their amazing success.
Tickets cost £25 and can be purchased from the National Army Museum Shop or by telephoning the NAM Hotline on 020 7881 6600.
Ticket price includes morning and afternoon tea.