On 12th October, Margot Tudor (WFTA Postdoc) and Lottie Titcombe (WFTA Research Assistant) visited Saint Benedict’s School in Bury St Edmunds to trial some educational resources based on the archival material hosted on our website. Mrs Titcombe kindly invited us to take-over the 2-hour session and turn her classroom into a press conference set in 2003!
1-4th September 2022, Owen and Margot travelled to Athens, Greece to present WFTA research at the EISA PEC 2022 conference.
Working paper given by Dr Owen Thomas at the ‘Intelligence, surveillance, and oversight: tracing connections and contestations’ conference, held by GUARDINT project (‘Intelligence and Oversight Networks: Who Guards the Guardians’) on 26th and 27th January 2022.
On 9th September 2021, we held our virtual workshop ‘State-Led Inquiries as Political Devices: Lessons Learned and Lost from British Interventions, 1853 to the Present Day’ with fascinating contributions from Dr James Strong, Dr Max Drephal, Dr David Saunders, Leyla Belle Drake, Dr Huw Bennett, Dr Louise Kettle, Dr Glen Rangwala, Dr Alan Ingram, and Hannah Richards. We were also incredibly luckly to welcome Professor Richard Toye, Professor Martin Thomas, Dr Tom Bentley, Professor Andrew Williams, and Dr Elspeth van Veeran as discussants for our panellists.
Prof. Catriona Pennell and Dr Margot Tudor presented a paper on ‘State-Sponsored Violence and the Mesopotamia Commission of 1916/1917’ at the Bristol-Exeter Modern History Group on 15th June 2021 to a network of academics in the South West.
We will be presenting our paper ‘Problematising the ‘Inquiry’: Knowledge processes, production, and presentation in the aftermath of British military interventions in the Middle East’ at the Britain and the World conference, 16-18 June 2021. Despite being held online, we’re looking forward to discussing our project and engaging with other scholars in the field of Modern British history and foreign policy.