Final keynote announced!

With just one week to go before ‘The First World War: Past, Present, and Future’ gets underway, we are delighted to announce the identity of our final keynote speakers!

The children of Sighthill Primary School have been working with the Young People’s Hub partnership project, and discovering the stories contained within the War Poets Collection at Edinburgh Napier University. On Friday morning, children from the school will be showcasing their work with the War Poets Collection and talking about their experiences of the First World War’s centenary.

To join them (and us!) at the conference, please make sure you register for your tickets as soon as possible. A very limited number of tickets remain, and the final day for registration will be Friday 21 June. To register, please follow the link below:,-present,-and-future


‘Strange Meeting(s): Craiglockhart, Poetry and the Cultural Memory of the Great War’

We are delighted to share the details of the keynote address taking place at ‘The First World War: Past, Present, and Future’. Dr Jane Potter, Oxford Brookes University, will draw upon her expertise to consider the special place that our conference location occupies within the cultural memory of the First World War. An abstract for Dr Potter’s address, entitled ‘Strange Meeting(s): Craiglockhart, Poetry and the Cultural Memory of the Great War’, is as follows:


Siegfried Sassoon arrived at Craiglockhart War Hospital on 23 July 1917, having been sent to ‘Dottyville’, as he called it, to avoid a court-martial in the wake of his outspoken public statement against the War. He was soon visited by an admirer of his poetry, a neurasthenic second lieutenant who had arrived a few weeks earlier fresh from the horrors of the Western Front: Wilfred Owen.  Under the care of Captain Arthur Brock RAMC, and his ergotherapy or work-cure, and with Sassoon’s advice, Owen learned to channel his experiences and memories of battle into poems that have come to define the Great War experience.  This talk reflects on the legacy of these ‘strange meetings’ at Craiglockhart and the ways in which the poetry of Owen and Sassoon not only remains central to the cultural memory of 1914-18, but has become the archetype for the representation of war itself.


Limited tickets for the conference are still available. For further details, to view the full programme, and to book your place, please visit the link below:,-present,-and-future

The First World War: Past, Present, and Future – tickets now on sale

Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh Napier University, 27 and 28 June 2019.

A limited number of tickets are on sale now for anyone wishing to attend the First World War Network’s upcoming conference, which will consider the past, present, and future of First World War studies. Both two-day and individual day tickets are available for the conference, all of which include lunch and refreshment breaks. Tickets are available from our web store, hosted by the University of Hertfordshire, via the link below:,-present,-and-future

Over the course of two days a combination of internationally acclaimed scholars, early career and postgraduate researchers at the cutting edge of academic scholarship, representatives of heritage agencies, museums, and community groups, and those working across the breadth of First World War-related subjects will come together to celebrate the first one hundred years of First World War history, to discuss the latest work in the field, and to consider the future of the subject within the poignant setting of the former Craiglockhart War Hospital.

The conference programme, which can be viewed in full by clicking this link, comprises academic panels on a wide variety of subjects, a keynote paper by Dr Jane Potter (Oxford Brookes University), a special consideration of work undertaken with young people during the centenary, a round table discussion featuring representatives from academia, the museum sector, and the battlefield tourism industry, and a free workshop on the creation of digital history projects. Those arriving on Wednesday evening are also cordially invited to join us at a special public lecture by Dr Nigel Hunt (University of Nottingham). For further details and to register for Dr Hunt’s talk, see the link below:

We look forward to seeing you all there!