Maritime Public Lecture Series 2014 – World War: From the Front to the Margins

Our Maritime Public Lecture Series are free – however you will need to sign in on the day. If you would like to reserve a place beforehand you can do so by visiting our website Maritime Lectures 2014 .

All lectures take place at the Maritime Museum, Albert Dock – 1-2pm (except the 7 May which will take place 12-1pm).

May 7

* this lecture is 12-1pm

The Front Line at Sea: how the ships and men of the north-west coast held the line.

Discover the response of the north-west coast to the First World War: we associate ‘Make Do and Mend’ and rationing with the Second World War. This talk shows how, with losses outweighing the capacity to build, and the country facing starvation by April 1917, Britain turned to Lancashire trawlers, Mersey ferries, small Cheshire schooners, Liverpool-built ocean liners and concrete ships built in Barrow to make do and mend, and get vital supplies through.

Serena Cant, English Heritage
May 14


Lusitania: Liverpools liners and the First World War

Liverpools RMS Lusitania was a record-breaking world famous ship and her tragic sinking on 7 May 1915 by a German U-boat sent shockwaves around the world. Her loss was felt particularly keenly in Liverpool due to her strong ties to the city, and the fact that so many of her crew were drawn from the area. Find out more about Merseyside Maritime Museums upcoming exhibition to mark the centenary of the sinking, set against the backdrop of the pivotal role that Liverpools seafarers, liners and merchant ships played during the First World War


Ellie Moffat
Merseyside Maritime Museum
May 21


Constructing Conchies: Conscientious Objectors to the Military Service Act 1916

This lecture focuses on the men who conscientiously objected to compulsory military service in WW1, looking at who they were, why and how they resisted, how they were seen and what happened to them. Illustrated by contemporary images, the story told also includes reflections on more recent examples of objection and how we see these men today. The lecture draws upon over 20 years of research on conscientious objection to the military in England and, in particular, Lois’s monograph Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War (Manchester: MUP, 2009).

Lois S Bibbings University of Bristol
May 28 A Birkenhead Boy in Bordeaux: Wilfred Owen a Century Ago

Wilfred Owen is the quintessential war poet. He grew up in Oswestry, Birkenhead and Shrewsbury but in 1914 he was living in France. This talk will look at Wilfred Owen’s life in Bordeaux a hundred years ago, before looking at the arrival of the war in the summer of 1914 and Owen’s decision to enlist in 1915. The talk will consider his responses to the war and his reasons for choosing to fight. This lecture will be followed by a short poetry reading. Speaker Dr Guy Cuthbertson, Liverpool Hope University, author of Wilfred Owen (Yale University Press, 2014)

Guy Cuthbertson

Liverpool Hope University



Black Tommies: soldiers of African descent in the First World War

Join author Dr Ray Costello as he talks about his forthcoming book.Ray will give an illustrated talk on this untold history, which highlights some of the many forgotten British-born Black soldiers who played their part including Black Liverpudlians.

Dr Ray Costello

Centre for the Study of International Slavery

June 11 Veiled Warriors: the true story of allied nursing in the First World War

Although allied nurses were admired in their own time for their altruism and courage, their image was distorted by the lens of popular mythology. They came to be seen as self-sacrificing heroines, romantic foils to the male combatant and doctors’ handmaidens, rather than being appreciated as trained professionals performing significant work in their own right.Professor Christine Hallett will challenge these myths to reveal the true story. Drawing upon evidence from archives across the world, she will describe nurses’ wartime experiences and give a clear appraisal of their work and its contribution to the allied cause between 1914 and 1918, on both the Western and the Eastern Fronts.


Christine Hallett, Professor of Nursing History, University of Manchester



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