RAF Museum, Hendon, London

March 22 2013, 10.00 – 5.00

RAF Museum, Hendon and the Centre for the Study of War, State and Society, University of Exeter

This one day workshop will explore the archival holdings of the RAF Museum, and will reflect on the challenges presented by the academic history of airpower.


10.00 – Registration and coffee

10.30 – Welcome and introduction by the Director General of the RAF Museum, Peter Dye

10.45 – Introduction to the workshop, Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter)

Session 1

11.00 – Martin Farr (Newcastle University) ‘The Politics of Bombing: Harris, Sinclair and the RAF Bomber Offensive’

11.30 – Trevor Stone (University of Exeter) ‘Small Margins: The Luftwaffe’s Failure to Exploit Intelligence Information on the RAF’s Supply Chain’

12.00 – Discussion

12.30 – LUNCH

Session 2

1.30 – Introduction to the Museum’s archive collections (Peter Elliott, Senior Keeper, RAF Musuem)

Introduction to the Museum’s visual images collections (Andrew Renwick, Curator of Photography, RAF Museum)

The archive collections of the Air Historical Branch (Sebastian Cox, Head of the Air Historical Branch MOD)

2.30 – Richard Overy (University of Exeter) ‘Air Power Archives: Problems and Perspectives’

3.00 – Discussion

3.30 – TEA

Session 3: Keynote Lecture

4.00 – Peter Gray (University of Birmingham) ‘A Culture of Official Squeamishness: the Air Ministry and the Bomber Offensive’

4.45 – Discussion and closing session

5.15 – CLOSE

Registration details can be found here.

Cost (incl. refreshments & lunch)

Standard Registration: £20

Student Registration: £10


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