First Lecture in Australia!

As most of you are by now aware, I moved to Australia in late-2017. Having moved without a job, I am busy writing and preparing to get back into researching a couple of new project in due course. However, I am still trying to be active on the lecture scene, and I will be giving … Continue reading First Lecture in Australia!

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Call for Speakers – RAF Museum Research Programme 2018

In anticipation of the Centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, the RAF Museum seeks proposals from postgraduate students, early-career, and established researchers for our annual Research Programme. Our Research Programme consists of three lecture series: The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies held in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society in London and … Continue reading Call for Speakers – RAF Museum Research Programme 2018

RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Musical Entertainments in the RFC/RAF on the Western Front, 1914-18

In this lecture, Dr Emma Hanna will explore the will explore the musical sound worlds of the airmen on active service 1914-18. TALK OUTLINE Music was a keystone in the maintenance of servicemen’s morale in all three forces, but so far very little work has been done on the musical activities of the Royal Flying … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – Musical Entertainments in the RFC/RAF on the Western Front, 1914-18

2017 RAF Museum Research Programme

It has taken a while to finalise the details but here is the 2017 Research Programme for the RAF Museum. We have a great series of lectures with speakers from around the globe with a wide variety of subjects and themes being explored. You can download a copy of the programme here. Please note that … Continue reading 2017 RAF Museum Research Programme

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945

On 9 March, Professor Andrew Knapp examines the Allied bombing campaign against targets in France during the Second World War. TALK OUTLINE Studies of the Allied strategic bombing offensive during the Second World War have tended, logically, to focus on the main target, Germany. Yet, over one in every five bombs dropped by the Allies … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – France under Friendly Bombs, 1940-1945

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Development of RAF Air Power Doctrine, 1999-2013

On 10 November, Dr Viktoriya Fedorchak will explore the recent development of RAF air power doctrine. TALK OUTLINE In the recent two decades, military doctrine has returned into the strategic discourse of the British Armed Forces. Much of attention was paid to the role of doctrine in the reorganisation of the Army regarding Bagnall’s reform. … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Development of RAF Air Power Doctrine, 1999-2013

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Suez Operation, 1956: Planning a Strategic Air Campaign

On 20 October, Dr Tim Benbow of King's College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College examines the planning for the Suez operation in 1956. TALK OUTLINE The role of air power in the British-French Suez operation of 1956 is widely covered in published work. This literature, however, focuses almost exclusively on what … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – The Suez Operation, 1956: Planning a Strategic Air Campaign

RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture – The RAF and Counterinsurgency Warfare in Oman during the Cold War

On 19 August, I will be exploring the RAF's role in various conflicts in Oman during the Cold War as part of the RAF Museum's Cold War Lunchtime Lecture series. TALK OUTLINE From the 1950s to the 1970s a series of counterinsurgency campaigns were fought in the Sultanate of Oman. First, in the 1950s, a … Continue reading RAF Museum Cold War Lunchtime Lecture – The RAF and Counterinsurgency Warfare in Oman during the Cold War

Lecture – The ‘Air Force Spirit’: Towards a Cultural Understanding of the Royal Air Force, 1918-1939

I am pleased to announce that on 3 March, I will be giving a paper at the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. I will be talking on 'The ‘Air Force Spirit’: Towards a Cultural Understanding of the Royal Air Force, 1918-1939'. TALK OUTLINE Born out of the necessity of the First … Continue reading Lecture – The ‘Air Force Spirit’: Towards a Cultural Understanding of the Royal Air Force, 1918-1939

RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Aerial Defeat? The Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe in Operation DYNAMO, the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk

Harry Raffal of the University of Hull will discuss the role of the RAF during Operation DYNAMO, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. TALK OUTLINE The success of Operation DYNAMO has tended to obscure the criticism the RAF faced from both soldiers and naval personnel involved in the evacuation. The hostility towards the RAF was … Continue reading RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Aerial Defeat? The Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe in Operation DYNAMO, the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk