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Posted By: Gully Ravine
Subject: Gallipoli Association Centenary Conference
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2015 at 11:01
Gallipoli Association Centenary Conference

Saturday 6th June 2015, 09:30 – 17:30

The Møller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge

Our Centenary Conference will take place in The Møller Centre, the magnificent dedicated training centre at Churchill College, Cambridge.

We have put together an excellent programme with renowned speakers to make this a special event to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign.

The first of our speakers to be announced is:

Mr Michael Forrest:

The Defence of the Dardanelles: Battleships versus Coastal Defences

Michael is a member of the Fortress Study Group and also the Palmerston Forts Society, an educational charity dedicated to the preservation of Victorian fortifications and artillery. He has visited the Gallipoli battlefields several times to research the Turkish fortifications of the Dardanelles and has written ‘The Defence of the Dardanelles’ which identifies the inadequacies of pitting warships against shore defences. He has also been a part of the War Graves Photographic Project, having photographed numerous British and Anzac graves in Gallipoli and Istanbul. Michael is semi-retired after forty years in aviation engineering, sales and business management roles. He lives in Hampshire.

Cost for the day (including lunch, tea and coffee) is £55.00 per person

Optional evening barbecue available at £25.00 per person

Accommodation is available at the venue if required (book directly Tel: 01223 465501) and there are other hotels in the area.

For further conference details, see

or email:

It is hoped to arrange a private tour of The Churchill Archive in the afternoon of Friday 5th June 2015, but this is dependent upon numbers.

It is also hoped that facsimile artefacts from the archive will be on display at the venue during the day of the conference.

See you there!

Keith Edmonds
Membership Secretary

Posted By: Gully Ravine
Date Posted: 30 Mar 2015 at 18:09
Second speaker now announced ...

Dr Warren Dockter:
Winston Churchill and the Ottoman Empire

Warren Dockter is the author of Winston Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and gained his PhD at the University of Nottingham in July 2012. He has taught at the University of Exeter and the University of Worcester and was an Archives By-Fellow at Churchill College. He is currently a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.


Posted By: Gully Ravine
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2015 at 11:10
Third speaker now announced ... two more to follow shortly.

Mr Steve Warburton: Within Range: An Officer's Nine Months on the Peninsula

Steve's interest in the First World War began four decades ago with a box of Airfix WWI British Infantry. Since graduating in History he has taught the subject for 25 years. He is committed to making primary historical sources available via technology and is blogging the raw material for this talk - the 60,000 words of Lucas' 1915 diaries and letters, including his time leading the 87th Brigade - at Steve's focus on CHT Lucas is an accident of history... he is married to one of his grand-daughters.


Book now to ensure a place at this important centenary conference.

Posted By: Gully Ravine
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2015 at 17:06
The day's final two speakers are now announced.

Our very own Historian and Tour Guide Steve Chambers will tell us about "The Myths of Gallipoli". If you ever wanted to know the truth about female Turkish snipers in green bikinis, Steve is your man!

Since childhood Stephen had a passion for military history, in particular Gallipoli. He has written several battlefield guidebooks on the subject and a work on British and Commonwealth uniforms & equipment of WW1. Stephen’s recent co-authored book, Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs has just been published. When not writing, Stephen is on the battlefield, continuing his research or guiding groups. The best way to study a battle is to walk in the footsteps of those ancestors, whether in the grasslands of Zululand, the mud of Flanders or the beaches of Gallipoli. Stephen is a Gallipoli Association Trustee.

The final speaker is Professor Peter Stanley who will give a talk entitled "The soldier must suffer: Indians on Gallipoli".

Peter is one of Australia's most productive military-social historians who had published 27 books, including several on Gallipoli (including Quinn's Post, Anzac, Gallipoli, Lost Boys of Anzac and the children's novel, Simpson's Donkey). He was Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial, where he worked from 1980-2007. His Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the AIF was jointly awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Australia History in 2011. His latest book is Die in Battle, Do not Despair: the Indians on Gallipoli, 1915, published by Helion UK in May 2015.

Please see
for further details and tell all your friends - a conference not to be missed.


Posted By: BG2012
Date Posted: 11 May 2015 at 18:56
Will Steve be dressing up for that one ?

Posted By: Gully Ravine
Date Posted: 18 May 2015 at 12:27
Hope not!

Posted By: Gully Ravine
Date Posted: 18 May 2015 at 12:28
I'm delighted to announce that Professor Sir Hew Strachan will give a talk entitled '1915: The Search for Solutions' at this year's Gallipoli Association Centenary Conference.

There are still some places still available.

See: or email:


Posted By: Gully Ravine
Date Posted: 10 Jun 2015 at 18:12
A big thank you to all our speakers and delegates (and The Møller Centre) for making this special event such a success.


Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 11 Jun 2015 at 11:05
A bigger thanks should go to you Keith, for your sterling efforts in organising the Centenary Conference, well done to you and everyone else. 

Hopefully I will make the Bi-centenary conference on 2115 (considering all the advances in medical science).

To protect our history, we must secure it's future.

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