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

2020/21 Programme of talks

We are pleased to announce that over the autumn and winter we shall be holding a series of on-line talks with PRONI and other organisations. The programme is listed below with details of how to register. Events will be posted on here as they are organised.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 20:00-21:00 BST

Talk by Piet Chielens, on Ireland in Flanders: Men from the island of Ireland during the First World

Piet Chielens, coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres (Ieper) in Belgium.

Piet Chielens is currently the director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium. After 25 years he will retire as museum director in June 2021 and return to the IFFM as a volunteer. He has been responsible for the museum’s permanent exhibitions, as well as a number of temporary exhibitions up to the present upgrade. From 1992 to 2007, he was also artistic director of Peace Concerts Passendale. He aims for a constant renewal of the memory of the Great War in Flanders and to give special attention to the ways in which micro- (personal, family and local) and macro-history (that of cultures, nations, and the world) can be linked. In addition to numerous publications in Dutch, he has co-authored two books in English: The Great War Seen from the Air. In Flanders Fields 1914–1918 (with Birger Stichelbaut, 2013), and Unquiet Graves. Execution Sites of the Great War in Flanders (with Julian Putkowski, 2000).

 

Register for the event HERE.

This event will take place on zoom. Sign-up to the event will close one hour before the event begins. The zoom link will also issue one hour before the beginning of the event.

 

 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 20:00-21:00 BST

Talk by Tom Scotland on ‘Ground-breaking developments in treatment of wounded on the Western Front 1914-18’

In the early months of the Great War, surgical management of wounds was hopelessly inadequate and unacceptable delays resulted in thousands of potentially avoidable deaths from pyogenic (pus-forming) infections and from gas gangrene. Resuscitation of seriously wounded soldiers was practically non-existent and there was little understanding of surgical shock caused by massive blood loss. The use of ether and chloroform in extremely vulnerable patients caused many anaesthetic related deaths.

Tom Scotland is a retired orthopaedic surgeon from Aberdeen who for many years has been fascinated by groundbreaking surgical developments made during the Great War, which by 1918 had transformed the management of wounded soldiers and established the fundamental principles of war surgery as practised today. He has published widely on the subject and has presented his work at many national and international meetings.

 

Register for the event HERE.

This event will take place on zoom. Sign-up to the event will close one hour before the event begins. The zoom link will also issue one hour before the beginning of the event.

 

 

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