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1 Kamila Shamsie on writing history in A God in Every Stone Author Kamila Shamsie reads from her 2014 novel A God in Every Stone, and discusses it with Prof. Elleke Boehmer and the audience. Kamila Shamsie, Elleke Boehmer 25 Aug 2017
2 'The Marrow of the Tragedy is Concentrated in the Hospitals': Negotiating Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in the Great War The closing keynote by Dr Jane Potter illuminates how medics and nurses charged with treating the war wounded responded to and processed their experiences, analysing the stories these healers left behind and the silent spaces within them. Jane Potter 21 Oct 2016
3 Public or Private? Personal Correspondence during the Great War In the first keynote of the conference, Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin, University of Oxford) explores the convergence of the public and private spheres during the Great War through the practice of letter-writing. John Horne 21 Oct 2016
4 Masters of the Seas: Naval Power and the First World War Sir Hew Strachan delivers the first Rothermere American Institute Lecture at the annual Chalke Valley History Festival on 29 June 2016. Hew Strachan 12 Sep 2016
5 Wharton in Wartime A roundtable discussion to mark the publication of Alice Kelly's critical edition of Edith Wharton's First World War reportage Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (Edinburgh University Press, 2015). Alice Kelly, Shafquat Towheed, Dame Hermione Lee, Elleke Boehmer 11 Feb 2016
6 Too Valuable to Die? Silke Ackermann, Nigel Biggar and Liz Bruton debate the ethics of science and scientists going to war Silke Ackermann, Nigel Biggar, Liz Bruton 14 Oct 2015
7 Creative Commons Open Educational Resources (OER) Find out about the Open Education Resources and Initiatives at the University of Oxford! Sean Faughnan, Marion Manton 06 Jul 2015
8 From Edwardian Merton to the Western Front 1906-1918 A talk by Professor Anthony Fletcher (Merton 1959), Emeritus Professor of English Social History at the University of London, and author of 'Life, Death, and Growing Up on the Western Front'. Anthony Fletcher 27 Mar 2015
9 Conscription and Conscientious Objection In this short talk Professor Martin Ceadel, Fellow and Tutor in Politics, New College, Oxford discusses the issue of military conscription and conscientious objection during the first world war. Martin Ceadel 12 Nov 2014
10 Choice or Accident? The outbreak of the First World War The causes of the First World War have long been controversial and remain so. The Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, and author of The War that Ended Peace (2013) brings us up to date on the debate. Margaret MacMillan 04 Nov 2014
11 Trapped in Shells: Mindset and Materiality in First World War Trench Art and Beyond First World War Trench Art. Nicholas Saunders 16 Oct 2014
12 The Ottoman Front: The First World War in the Middle East Drawing on European and Middle Eastern sources, historian Eugene Rogan provides an overview of the Great War in the Middle East from both sides of the trenches. Eugene Rogan 03 Oct 2014
13 Creative Commons New Perspectives 1: Georgians and Others Short presentation as part of the Oxford 'British Poetry of the First World War' Spring School Stuart Lee 06 Sep 2014
14 Creative Commons How to digitise objects well Short and snappy guidelines to creating a good picture for online viewing. Patrick Penzo 18 Aug 2014
15 Creative Commons How to set up your camera for digitisation Short and snappy guidelines to setting up for digitisation of objects. Patrick Penzo 18 Aug 2014
16 Creative Commons How to track items at a Roadshow (Digitisation) Part 4 of the "How To" series explaining how to keep track of objects and their stories. Patrick Penzo, Adelina Tomova 18 Aug 2014
17 Creative Commons How to track items at a Roadshow (Digitisation desk to Digitisation) Part 3 of the "How To" series explaining how to keep track of objects and their stories. Adelina Tomova, Patrick Penzo 18 Aug 2014
18 Creative Commons How to track items at a Roadshow (Interview to Digitisation desk) Part 2 of the "How To" series explaining how to keep track of objects and their stories. Frances Dunkley, Alun Edwards, Adelina Tomova, Rebecca Henderson 18 Aug 2014
19 Creative Commons How to track items at a Roadshow (Interview stage) Part 1 of the "How To" series explaining how to keep track of objects and their stories. Alun Edwards, Frances Dunkley, Rebecca Henderson 18 Aug 2014
20 The Black Hand Conspiracy and the Events that lead up to the First World War Professor Sir Ivor Roberts, President of Trinity College, gives a talk on the events leading up to the assasination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which started the First World War Sir Ivor Roberts 03 Jun 2014
21 Creative Commons Remembering War Marking the anniversary of the first world war, Professor Cecile Fabre considers why we remember war, Cecile Fabre 01 Apr 2014
22 Creative Commons The War and English Religion Merton College's Tutor in History, an historian of 20th century Britain, argues that English Christianity survived the First World War rather better than is often assumed. Matthew Grimley 25 Feb 2014
23 Creative Commons 1914–1918: Was Britain Right to Fight? The Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Canon of Christ Church, and author of In Defence of War (2013) analyses Britain's belligerency in terms of Christian just war reasoning, and concludes that it was justified. Nigel Biggar 13 Feb 2014
24 Creative Commons Victorious Donkeys? British Generals and Generalship of the First World War Reconsidered The Professor of War Studies at Wolverhampton University, a leading British military historian of the First World War, explodes some myths about British generalship and the performance of the British Army. Gary Sheffield 11 Feb 2014
25 Creative Commons Accident or Choice? The Outbreak of the First World War The causes of the First World War have long been controversial and remain so. The Warden of St Antony's College, Oxford, and author of The War that Ended Peace (2013) brings us up to date on the debate. Margaret MacMillan 03 Feb 2014
26 Creative Commons Shot at Dawn How a contemporary photographer is addressing one of the conflict's most sensitive topics. Chloe Dewe Matthews 18 Jul 2013
27 Creative Commons From Owen's Doomed Youth, to his doomed youth Lecture at the event 'Wilfred Owen: From Doomed Youth to the Battle of the Sambre'. Imperial War Museum, 10th November 2012. Jean Moorcroft Wilson 27 Feb 2013
28 Creative Commons From Mametz Wood to The General Lecture on Siegfried Sassoon given at the Imperial War Museum, London, 12th November 2011. Jean Moorcroft Wilson 27 Feb 2013
29 Creative Commons Les Permissionnaires A look at the different experiences of service leave during the First World War (in French). Emmanuelle Cronier 20 Feb 2013
30 Creative Commons Soldiers on Leave A look at the different experiences of service leave during the First World War. Emmanuelle Cronier 20 Feb 2013
31 Creative Commons The Last Phase A discussion on the last phase of the First World War. A talk given at 'Wilfred Owen: From Doomed Youth to Battle of the Sambre', Imperial War Museum, 10th November 2012. Max Egremont 18 Feb 2013
32 Creative Commons The Sandwich that Sabotaged Civilisation Myths and Mistakes. How a well known photograph and an infamous lunch break have shaped our memory of the Sarajevo assassination. Dr Paul Miller 10 Jan 2013
33 Creative Commons Popular fiction in World War One An argument for a more nuanced assessment of the popular literature consumed by the wider public during the First World War. Jane Potter 10 Dec 2012
34 Creative Commons Wartime Art and Grief German women and the aesthetics of loss portrayed through art during the First World War. Claudia Siebrecht 10 Dec 2012
35 Creative Commons Morality in Wartime Britain Dr Edward Madigan from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission considers the issue of morality and the role of the British clergy during the First World War. Edward Madigan 10 Dec 2012
36 Creative Commons Conflict Culture How much do we really know about the experience of the average individual soldier? Matthew Leonard 29 Oct 2012
37 Creative Commons The Better Part of Valour Combatant Courage on the Western Front. Edward Madigan 29 Oct 2012
38 Creative Commons Surplus Women The First World War and its impact on emigration, work and marriage. Rosemary Wall 29 Oct 2012
39 Creative Commons The Indian Sepoy in the First World War The role of India and the Indian Sepoy in the First World War. Santanu Das 29 Oct 2012
40 Creative Commons Rethinking British Volunteerism in 1914: A Rush to the Colours? The British response to the outbreak of War in 1914. Catriona Pennell 29 Oct 2012
41 Creative Commons The Historian and the Centenary Important questions, problems, and challenges pertaining to the role historians and scholars will play in the centenary of the First World War. Pierre Purseigle 29 Oct 2012
42 Creative Commons Why are we still trying to understand the outbreak of World War One? In this St John's College Research Centre 2012 Annual Lecture, Professor Margaret MacMillan examines the reasons why this question has remained important over the last 100 years and suggests some possible explanations for the outbreak of the war. Margaret MacMillan 29 Oct 2012
43 Creative Commons Europeana 1914-1918: Community Collection Alun Edwards, Manager for RunCoCo, University of Oxford, discusses the value of crowd-sourcing and public engagement in the Europeana 1914-1918 project to digitise First World War memorabilia. Alun Edwards 24 Aug 2012
44 Creative Commons Beyond 2011 - A Road Movie Alun Edwards and Stuart Lee (Oxford University Computing Services) present their experiences of running public participation days in Germany to gather everyday objects from World War I. Alun Edwards, Stuart Lee 26 May 2011
45 Tim Kendall: 'Ivor Gurney: First War Poet' Professor Tim Kendall considers what composer and poet Ivor Gurney understood by the phrase 'war poet' and how he saw his own work as belonging to (and eminent amidst) a tradition of writing about war. Tim Kendall 26 Jan 2010
46 An interview with Colin Hughes Colin Hughes, author of David Jones: the man who was on the field (1979), discusses his friendship with poet and artist David Jones and his research on the Battle of Mametz Wood. Colin Hughes, Alun Edwards 26 Jan 2010
47 WW1 Poetry Digital Archive Project JISC documentary introducing the WW1 Poetry Digital Archive Project website and providing an overview to the wealth of material available. Kate Lindsay 13 Nov 2008
48 War Cemeteries A short video made by the First World War Poetry Digital Archive taking viewers through tracing the burial site of a soldier of the First World War. Everett Sharp, Kate Lindsay, Alun Edwards 05 Aug 2008
49 Kate Lindsay Interview In a podcast recorded earlier this year, Kate Lindsay, Project Manager for the First World War Poetry Digital Archive discusses the exciting development of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and The Great War Archive. Kate Lindsay 29 Jul 2008
50 Trench Warfare A short video made by the First World War Poetry Digital Archive taking viewers through some of the features associated with trench warfare on the Western Front during World War One. Everett Sharp 29 Jul 2008
51 Poetry Tour - London (2) A second enhanced podcast tour of some of the exhibits in the Imperial War Museum. The tour takes you through the Trench Experience and the end of the war, linking to some of the poets and poetry of the period. Stuart Lee 29 May 2008
52 Teaching WW1 Literature: Andrea Peterson Andrea Peterson 'Children's Literature'. Andrea Peterson 06 May 2008
53 Teaching WW1 Literature: Vivien Noakes Vivien Noakes 'Blasting the Canon'. Vivien Noakes 06 May 2008
54 Teaching WW1 Literature: Meg Crane Meg Crane 'WW1 Poetry in Schools'. Meg Crane 06 May 2008
55 Teaching WW1 Literature: Jon Stallworthy Jon Stallworthy 'War Poetry'. Jon Stallworthy 06 May 2008
56 Richard Holmes interview In this interview, the well-known military historian Brigadier Richard Holmes discusses his work on WW1, remembrance, his views on WW1 poetry, and how those experiences relate to the British Army currently serving in Iraq. Richard Holmes 02 Apr 2008
57 Poetry Tour - London (1) An enhanced podcast tour of some of the exhibits in the Imperial War Museum. The tour takes you through the displays on the First World War but links them to some of the poets and poetry of the period. Stuart Lee 28 Jan 2008
58 Creative Commons Max Arthur Interview An interview with Max Arthur, author of 'Forgotten Voices', 'Last Post', and most recently 'Faces of World War One: The Tragedy of the Great War in Words and Pictures'. Max Arthur 12 Dec 2007
59 Ian Hislop interview An interview with Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, and TV presenter on WW1 documentaries entitled 'Not Forgotten' (Channel 4, UK). Part of a series of Podcasts from Oxford University's First World War Poetry Digital Project. Ian Hislop 25 Sep 2007