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A Century On: Remembering World War One in Europe

A day of talks with renowned historians, discussing the memory and legacy of the seminal event of the 20th century, World War One.

At the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, on Saturday 1 February 2014, 10am-1pm.

How has Europe remembered and commemorated the First World War in the last one hundred years? The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History will host its sixth conference on the war, discussing Irish and European perspectives on the conflict and ways of remembering it.

Only weeks after an historic meeting of the Irish and British premiers on the battlefields of the conflict, join historians Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin), Dr Judith Devlin (University College Dublin), curator Lar Joye (National Museum of Ireland) and others as we discuss the commemoration of the war from Irish, British, French and Russian perspectives.

We’ll also question what role can museums and cultural institutions play in contemporary commemorations and what projects are currently underway in Ireland, Britain and further afield in this Decade of CentenariesLinks to external website.

This event is free but advance booking is required: bookings@museum.ie

For further press information please contact:

Edith Andrees, Tel. 01 6486 441 or Helen Beaumont, Education & Outreach Officer, Education and Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland, Tel. 01 6486405, Mob. 087 2373192

Notes to the editor

• The National Museum of Ireland will host a follow up conference in October 2014.

• This is the sixth day of talks exploring World War One that the National Museum’s Education Department has organised since 2008; a time when around 200,000 Irishmen served in the British Services and more than 30,000 Irishmen died in the War.

• Visitors interested in this period of our history can explore more in the award-winning exhibition, Soldiers and Chiefswhich traces Ireland's military history from 1550 into the 21st Century, on display at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History in Collins Barracks.

Booking Information

Free admission, but booking is required. Email bookings@museum.ie.

Information on Speakers

Alan Kramer (Chair) is Professor of European History at Trinity College Dublin. Research focuses on the era of the First World War, in particular the history of violence, the relationship between armies and non-combatants, war crimes, and prisoners of war, mainly in Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. In a synthesis of cultural history with military, political, social, and economic history, he places the First World War in a context extending to the Second World War.

Current projects include 1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of World War I (with Oliver Janz, Berlin, and international partners); economic warfare and blockades 1914-1918; and the international history of concentration camps.

Amongst his publications are Welt der Lager. Zur “Erfolgsgeschichte” einer Institution, Hamburger Edition, 2013 (co-edited with Bettina Greiner), Dynamic of Destruction. Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War, Oxford University Press, 2007; and German Atrocities, 1914. A History of Denial,Yale University Press, 2001 (with John Horne).

John Horne is Professor of Modern European History at Trinity College Dublin. A member of the board of the Historial de la Grande GuerreLinks to external website, Péronne (the main international research centre and museum of the Great War on the former western front) and also a member of the French National Mission for the Centenary of the Great War.

He has published widely on the history of the First World War in France and Europe. His most recent book (with Edward Madigan) is Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution 1912-1923, and in 2010 he published the Blackwell Companion to World War One.

Judith Devlin is Lecturer in Modern History in University College Dublin. She studied in Dublin, Paris and Oxford and worked for ten years in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs. She was the first Irish civil servant to study at the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and served in the Irish embassy in Moscow during the Gorbachev reforms.

Among her publications are: The Superstitious Mind: French Peasants and the Supernatural in Nineteenth Century France (1987); The Rise of the Russian Democrats: the Causes and Consequences of the Elite Revolution(Edward Elgar, 1995); Slavophiles and Commissars: Enemies of Democracy in Modern Russia (1999) and most recently, co-edited with Christoph Müller,War of Words: Culture and the Mass Media in the Making of the Cold War in Europe (2013). Her research interests concern Soviet and Russian political culture and in particular the Stalin cult.

Edward Madigan is Lecturer in Public History and First World War Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. His work combines cultural, military and religious history and he is particularly interested in the British and Irish experience and memory of the First World War. Edward is a former Princess Grace Fellow and Associate Director at the Centre for War Studies, Trinity College Dublin, and before joining the history faculty at Royal Holloway he was the resident historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. From 2012 to 2013 he sat on the UK Government’s Centenary Events Planning Group and he currently sits on the editorial board of the 1914-18 online encyclopaedia and the executive committee of the International Society for First World War Studies.

His publications include Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War (2011) and, with John Horne, Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, 1912-1923 (2013).

William Blair is Head of Human History at National Museums Northern Ireland. He led the development of the new ‘TITANICa’ exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (2011) and was author of its companion book Titanic: Behind the Legend. More recently he curated The Ulster Crisis: Irish Home Rule and the Ulster Covenant which opened at the Ulster Museum in September 2012. He is currently leading the re-development of the modern history galleries at the Ulster Museum, a project titled ‘Connecting History’. William was previously responsible for the development of the award winning Mid-Antrim Museums Service in County Antrim (1998-2009).

Currently a director of the Irish Museums Association, during his career William has represented the museum sector in a variety of roles at both local and national level. He is also a member of the UK Government Advisory Committee in Northern Ireland on the Commemoration of the First World War.

Lar Joye is Curator of Irish Military History at the National Museum of Ireland. Curator of the award winning Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition as well as the recentHistory of Ireland in 100 Objects and 1913 Lockout exhibitions at National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History. He is a graduate of UCD with a MA in 20th century Irish History, the University of Leicester where he obtained a MA in Museum Studies and the Museum Leadership Course at the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, California. Prior to working at the Museum he was Head of the Irish Film Archive in Temple Bar and is a qualified film archivist.