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Online Lecture Series

This lecture series of focuses on a specific subject over 8 events and can be enjoyed either as individual events or as a whole series. In person event and online options are both available for all events and multibuy packages are available, no specific age range.

The military histories of the major global conflicts of the ‘short twentieth century’ are well documented at the British national level. But the military contribution to the First World War, Second World War and the Cold War also had significant localised effects across the United Kingdom, including in Suffolk. This lecture series examines how the geography, topography, population, industry and socio-economic factors influenced and contributed to Suffolk’s impact on and experience of conflict during the twentieth century.

The lecture series will also consider the individual’s experience of conflict, whether servicemen from Suffolk fighting overseas or civilians on the home front. Furthermore, we will attempt to compare and connect the national and international experience of warfare with the local experience by examining the evolving relationship between the military, state and society during the twentieth century in the county of Suffolk.

Online Pilot (free of charge)

Online Pilot (free of charge)

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 3 June 2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

Join us for a special online pilot event focusing on Suffolk at War in the twentieth century.  Led by Dr John Greenacre this event will summarise the themes of our eight-part Suffolk At War Online Lecture Series which starts in September.
Lecture One

Lecture One

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 9 September 2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

In this lecture we will examine the changing character of warfare during the twentieth century as experienced by the civilian population of Suffolk including the threat of invasion, the effect on civilians of bombardment both from the sea and from the air and the risk of nuclear annihilation.
Lecture Two

Lecture Two

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 23 September 2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

This lecture considers the experience of men of the Suffolk Regiment during the First and Second World Wars and how and why the character of warfare changed for the regiment and individuals within it from 1914 to 1945.
Lecture Three

Lecture Three

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 7 October 2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

This lecture will examine the development of air power in Suffolk and how changes in strategy, doctrine and technology influenced the size, spread and function of air bases in the county and the consequent impact on the landscape and the local communities.
Lecture Four

Lecture Four

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 21 October 2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

This lecture examines the development of naval warfare and its effect on Suffolk and its ports during the twentieth century.
Lecture Five

Lecture Five

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 4 November  2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

In this week’s lecture we will look at the changes that war provoked in the primary and manufacturing industries in Suffolk.
Lecture Six

Lecture Six

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 18 November  2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

In this week’s lecture we will look at the changes that war provoked in the primary and manufacturing industries in Suffolk.
Lecture Seven

Lecture Seven

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 2nd December 2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

During this week’s lecture we will examine the structure and deployment of the Suffolk Regiment around the world during the early Cold War from 1945 to 1964.
Lecture Eight

Lecture Eight

Location: The Hold, Ipswich, IP4 1LN
Date: Thu 16th December 2021
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm

In this lecture we will look at the pattern of memorialisation in Suffolk and assess whether it has a unique character or reflects wider national themes.