Talks & Lectures
This year we have a wide-ranging programme of talks and lectures covering all aspects of the First World War, from the major battles at Jutland, to the offensive in Gallipoli, from the development of tanks to why Germany lost the war. In addition we will be joined by two leading speakers on the Suffrage movement and take a look at life on the home front during the Great War and how society was forever changed following its conclusion.
Many of the talks have a local theme, learn more about those from the area who were honoured with a Victoria Cross, discover the history of Blandford Camp, or the vital role that Colehill’s Beaucroft House played during the war.
The talks are all reasonably priced and tickets include refreshments. Tickets can be purchased at East Dorset Heritage Trust, or via the links below. We hope you will join us for some fascinating events.
Monday 16th July
The History of Blandford Camp* with Col Bob Brannigan
Gallipoli 1915; a forlorn hope? With Martin Willoughby
Tuesday 17th July
The Battle of Jutland with Lieutenant Colonel Robin Miller
The Dorset Victoria Crosses* with Kevin Patience
Why Germany Lost the War with Andy Williams
Wednesday 18th July
It Won’t Last Long Without a Man to Run It with Jan Watson
With a Bang or a Whimper? With Maria Gayton
The Weapon that did not win the War; the birth of the tank in WW1 with Colonel Dick Taylor
Thursday 19th July
Women’s Suffrage in Dorset; forgotten stories with Prof Karen Hunt
The Other Side with Mike Rogers
The Great War; the men who died and the women who didn’t with Alex Burghart
Friday 20th July
The War with no end* with John Wren
Beaucroft House – a WW1 Hospital in the story of Colehill with Pete Scriven
Sunday 22nd July
Rise Up, Women! The remarkable lives of the Suffragettes with Diane Atkinson
Those talks/lectures shown in blue can be booked online (please click on the title and follow the link).
All of our talks and lectures can be booked in person at East Dorset Heritage Trust, please note a booking fee of £1 per transaction applies.