Future Presentations to be held at Sports Hall Room (SP101), St. George’s School, Sun Lane, Harpenden AL5 4TD

Meet at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start - tea, coffee and biscuits included during the evening. 

Requested minimum donation on the door (to help cover Hall Hire, Speaker's Fees and Refreshments) : £3.50

15 December - ‘Very Like England’ – The 1920s and 1930s Commemorations of the Battle of the Somme

This talk will explore the key themes associated with the memory of the Battle of the Somme in the inter-war period, the controversy over the Thiepval memorial and how it came to have particular resonances for certain communities in Britain and the Empire.
Professor Mark Connelly was drawn into his History anorak lifestyle when, as a small boy, he became fascinated by ladybird history books. For him, the subject of History was all about castles, knights, Airfix kits (constructed with incredibly little skill and amazing amounts of glue) and Action Man Scorpion tanks. This obsession has been taken into adulthood and he now combines his interest in films, television and visual images with his interest in military history, this is reflected in many of his publications. Not content with keeping his interests to himself he now shares his passion for history with others, most notably his students and his family. As a result, he claims that his wife is now adept at spotting a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone or a war memorial in a misty churchyard from quite some distance away.

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