Royal Air Force Museum 2016 Research Programme
In 2016, the Royal Air Force Museum’s Research Programme consists of lectures, conferences and workshops that seek to bridge the gap between public and academic history. In 2016, the Museum is launching a new series of lectures at our Cosford site that focus on air power during the Cold War years.
The Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies
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 Trenchard lectures are not held at the RAF Museum but at the Royal Aeronautical Society and University of Wolverhampton respectively. The lectures start at 18:30.
25 February – Harry Raffal (University of Hull), ‘Aerial Defeat? The Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe in Operation DYNAMO, the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk’ at the Royal Aeronautical Society
10 March – Dr Robert Owen (Official Historian, No. 617 Squadron Association), ‘Planned Development or Haphazard Evolution? No. 617 Squadron, 1943-45’ at the University of Wolverhampton
19 May – Dr Lynsey Shaw Cobden (Air Historical Branch), ‘The Nervous Flyer: Psychological Disorders and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945’ at the Royal Aeronautical Society
9 June – Dr Matthew Powell (Independent Scholar), ‘Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-1943’ at the University of Wolverhampton
20 October – Dr Tim Benbow (King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College), ‘The Suez Operation, 1956: Planning a Strategic Air Campaign’ at the Royal Aeronautical Society
10 November – Dr Viktoriya Fedorchak (University of Nottingham), ‘The Development of RAF Air Power Doctrine, 1999-2013’ at the University of Wolverhampton
The First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures
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 at the Museum’s site in London. The lectures start at 12:30.
12 February – Dr Edward Bujak (Harlaxton College (British Campus of the University of Evansville, Indiana)), ‘Reckless Fellows: The Officers and Gentlemen of the Royal Flying Corps’
13 May – Dr Nicholas Martin (University of Birmingham), ‘The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen and the Creation of a Legend’
12 August – Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston University), “Havoc from the Heavens’: The Contribution of British Air Power to the Destruction of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Turkish Forces in 1918 through the eyes of British War Artist Lieutenant Sydney Carline RAF’
11 November – Dr Niall Barr (King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College), ‘Night Owls: Lieutenant William Aitken and No. 151 Squadron in 1918’
The Cold War Lunchtime Lectures
The Cold War Lunchtime Lectures will explore key events and air power developments from the Cold War period. These lectures take place once every quarter at the Museum’s site at Cosford. The lectures start at 12:30.
19 February – Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray (University of Birmingham), ‘The Mighty Phantom: Personal Recollections of the F-4 during the Cold War’
20 May – Ewan Burnet (Royal Air Force Museum), ‘The RAF in the Korean War, 1950-1953’
19 August – Dr Ross Mahoney (Royal Air Force Museum), ‘The RAF and Counterinsurgency Warfare in Oman during the Cold War’
18 November – Colonel Edward Kaplan PhD (United States Air Force Academy), ‘Coming to Terms with the Air-Atomic Age’
All lectures are free of charge but you will need to pre-book online. Lectures are subject to change. Please visit our website for more details:- www.rafmuseum.org.uk
Researchers wishing to contribute papers to either lecture series should email a title and 300 word abstract of their proposed paper, plus a one-page CV to me at email@example.com