RAF Museum Research Programme for 2015

One of my key roles at the RAF Museum has to be develop a Research Programme of lectures, conferences and workshops. As such, in February 2015, the RAF Museum will launch two new lecture series that seek to explore various aspects related to the history of the RAF and air power more generally.

Part of the RAF Museum Research Programme, these events, delivered by emerging and established scholars, are aimed at encouraging anyone with an interest in the RAF or air power more generally to engage with innovative research and bridge the gap between popular and academic history.

The First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures, part of the RAF Museum’s HLF funded exhibition of the same name, will explore key events and air power developments from the conflict. These lectures take place once every quarter.

The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies, which are held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society and the University of Wolverhampton, will explore a variety of air power related topics ranging from historical themes to contemporary issues.

The evening lectures are not held at the RAF Museum but at the Royal Aeronautical Society and University of Wolverhampton respectively.

All lectures are free of charge but you will need to pre-book online. Lectures are subject to change.

For further information about our inaugural First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture, please go to:- The Royal Flying Corps and the Western Front in 1915: Myths and Realities

For further information about our first Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies to be held at the Royal Aeronautical Society, please go to:- Bomber Command and Political Warfare, 1939-1945: The Missing Dimension

For further information about our first Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies to be held at the University of Wolverhampton, please go to:- ‘Official Squeamishness’: The Air Ministry and the Bomber Offensive of the Second World War

In the next weeks or so I will also be announcing registration details for our conference, held in conjunction with the RAF’s Centre for Air Power Studies, which will take place on 15-16 April 2015.

You can download our Research Programme leaflet here.

Researchers wishing to contribute papers to either lecture series in 2016, should email a title and 300 word abstract of their proposed paper, plus a one-page C.V. to me at:- ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org.

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