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.