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Archives of War

Monday, 30 November
The National Archives – Kew Richmond
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This forum brings together speakers from History, Art, Media Studies, Sociology, Film Studies, The National Archives and Historical Branch (Army) to reflect on the nature of and challenges for the memory and history of contemporary warfare.

It builds on an AHRC Research Fellowship (ref. AH/L004232/1) ‘Technologies of Memory’ held by Professor Andrew Hoskins exploring the impact of digital change on the cultural and organizational memory practices and the ‘official’ record of the British Army’s unit operational reports (previously called ‘war’ and ‘commander’s diaries’) through comparative research over two archival sites: Historical Branch Army (HB(A)) the Ministry of Defence, Whitehall and The National Archives (TNA).


9.00 Introduction – Andrew Hoskins (Interdisciplinary Research Professor, University of Glasgow)

9.10-10.30  Keynote: Jay Winter (Charles J. Stille Professor of History, Yale University)
‘Photographing War: Archiving the visual record of war’

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00 –12.00 Robert Evans (Head of Historical Branch (Army)):
‘Military Records in the 21st Century’

12.00-1.00 William Spencer (Principal Military Records Specialist The National Archives):
‘The Official Record: For Whom?’

1.00-1.45 Lunch (not provided)

1.45-2.45 Andrew Hoskins (Glasgow) and Debra Ramsay (Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Exeter)
‘The War Ecology’

2.45 –3.55 Mark Neville (official war artist, London) ‘Battle Against Stigma’

3.55- 4.20 Coffee

4.20- 5.30 William Merrin (Associate Professor of Media Studies, Swansea University)
‘Full Spectrum Access: The Problem of #Participative War’