Activity: Talk or presentation types › Public lecture/debate/seminar
For the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, an exhibition and a series of lectures have been organised as part of Féile an Phobal in Belfast. The lecture series begins on Monday 4 August Each lecture will be preceded by a ten-minute talk by staff from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) on individual experiences of soldiers and civilians during the First World War. Each talk will cover one individual including men and women at both the Home Front and overseas and will showcase some of the archival resources from PRONI. The lectures will be chaired by Claire Hackett, project director of the cross-community ‘Pieces of the Past’ oral history, and will take place in Falls Road Library.
First World War Lecture and Exhibition
Monday 4 August. 1pm – Falls Road Library – Launch of Exhibition by 6th Connaught Rangers research group – ‘RE-DISCOVERING THE BELFAST NATIONALISTS WHO FOUGHT IN WW1’
Monday 4 August. 7pm – Falls Road Library - Professor Richard S Grayson
Remembering, Forgetting and Commemorating Ireland's Great War: Issues for Belfast. On the day that the Great War's Centenary begins, this talk will examine how the war has been remembered, forgotten and commemorated in Belfast, reflecting on how this relates to wider issues in Irish (and British) commemoration of the war). It will draw closely on local stories of the war.
Tuesday 5 August. 1pm – Falls Road Library – Fearghal McGarry. “The Soul of the Nation”: Irish republicans, war and rebellion’, will explore republican responses to the First World War, particularly how that wider conflict shaped the Easter Rising of 1916.
Wednesday 6 August 1pm – Falls Road Library - Philip Orr
'The Great War and Unionist Memory'. Philip will seek to assess why the war continues to feature so much in popular Unionist culture..
Thursday 7 August 1pm – Falls Road Library - Dr Margaret Ward, Lynda Walker
'Belfast Women and the Great War'. Margaret and Lynda will be presenting a visual account of the impact of war in Belfast, looking at how women mobilised to support the war effort; the impact of war on work and social life and also on women's political organisations.
Friday 7 August 1pm – Falls Road Library - Jimmy McDermott. The formation and history of the Three Irish Divisions'. The lecture will examine the political backdrop to the formation of the three Irish Divisions.
Each lecture will be preceded by a ten minute talk from a member of PRONI on individual experiences of soldiers and civilians during the First World War. Each talk will cover one individual including men and women at both the Home Front and overseas and will showcase some of the archival resources from PRONI
The speakers and topics are:
Monday 4 August, 1pm:
Launch of exhibition by 6th Connaught Rangers Exhibition research group:
‘Rediscovering the Belfast Nationalists who fought in World War One’.
Speaker: Siobhan Brennan Deane , 6th Connaught Rangers Research Project.
Monday 4 August, 7pm:
Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London): ‘Remembering, Forgetting and Commemorating Ireland’s Great War: Issues for Belfast’.
Tuesday 5 August, 1pm:
Fearghal McGarry (QUB): ‘“The Soul of the Nation”: Irish republicans, war and rebellion’.
Wednesday 6 August, 1pm:
Philip Orr: ‘The Great War and Unionist Memory’.
Thursday 7 August 1pm:
Margaret Ward & Lynda Walker: ‘Belfast Women and the Great War’.
Friday 7 August 1pm:
‘The formation and history of the three Irish Divisions’.