The Military History Working Group, established last term by the Centre for Geopolitics, will continue meeting in Lent Term in the Engelsberg Room in Fitzwilliam House (Mondays at 4pm). The group brings together Cambridge-based scholars working on the history of war and the military to discuss each other’s work and approaches. Convened by Eamonn O’Keeffe, the National Army Museum Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, it is ecumenical in terms of chronology, discipline, and scope. This term our speakers will discuss 18th Century British grand strategy, black soldiers in the Caribbean, and 20th Century military affairs from aerial bombing and mutinies in Africa and the Middle East. The group will also visit the Churchill Archives Centre to learn more about their collections, which include the papers of Sir Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Slim.

The group encourages papers and participation from students, early career researchers, and faculty members. Members of the public are also welcome; please write to Eamonn O’Keeffe ( to indicate your interest in attending.

At this meeting:

Visit to the Churchill Archives Centre, hosted by Mr Allen Packwood, Churchill Archives Centre Director

The Churchill Archives Centre is one of the leading repositories in the United Kingdom for the study of modern personal papers. It has a wealth of political, military, diplomatic and scientific collections that relate to warfare in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; including the archives of Sir Winston Churchill, Admiral Lord Fisher, Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, Field Marshal Lord Slim and historians such as Correlli Barnett and Stephen Roskill. The Director, Allen Packwood (author of How Churchill Waged War and the recent Cambridge Companion to Winston Churchill )will introduce the Centre and show the group how it preserves and presents the material in its care.


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