Antrim and Down Branch Western Front Association
Antrim and Down BranchWestern Front Association   

2018 Branch speaker and Conference programme

Speaker notes 2017.docx
Microsoft Word document [985.0 KB]

The branch is starting to put together its speaker programme for 2018. We are keen to hear from people who would like to present. Contact us on with your suggested title, preferred date and short bio. Meetings start at 18.30. Talks last for 45 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions. We cover reasonable expenses but don't normally pay fees unless agree beforehand. Speaker notes are above. Meetings are held at PRONI. The committee decides on the final programme and will be published in due course. The dates of branch meetings are: 


No meeting

8 February 2018

Mike Jackson, 'Review the Revisionist: a reconsideration of the 'Shot at Dawn' controversy' 

8 March 2018


Uniting Ireland: why the first World War is part of our shared history.

12 April 2018

Robin Masefield, 'The History of Palace Barracks (up to 1969) and Holywood as a Garrison Town' 

10 May 2018

Dr Tom Thorpe, 'Campbell College Belfast and the Great War'

14 June 2018

SarahJane Paterson and the Tonagh Ladies and Women in World War 1

July and August 

No meeting

13 September 2018 - afternoon conference at PRONI, 14.00-1700. The programme is FREE but tickets are limited. They can be booked here

Facing Armageddon: Ireland and the War in 1918

Dr. Timothy Bowman - 'Recruitment in Ireland in 1918'
Dr. Colin Walker - 'Irish Presbyterians and conscription during the First World War'
Michael Nugent - 'The 36th (Ulster) Division in the German Spring Offensive' 
Ian Montgomery - 'Absent Voters lists of 1918'

11 October 2018

Dr. Stephen Sandford, 'The London Irish during the Great War'

14 November 2018 - morning conference (9.30-13.00) at the LInen Hall Library

17 Donegall Square North

Belfast BT1 5GB

War Stories: community perspectives from the centenary.


The Linen Hall Library, Antrim & Down branch of the Western Front Association and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland are holding a free morning conference at the Linen Hall Library to share stories about the Great War researched and discovered by community groups, individuals or academics during the centenary of the First World War.  


No meeting

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