Photos courtesy of Richard Heald Photography
On 27 April 2019, two groups of 15-16 year old students from Australia and the UK participated in an interactive workshop at King’s College London facilitated by international researchers from the fields of History, Education Studies and Literature. Over the course of an afternoon, the students reflected on their own national experiences of commemoration during the centenary of the First World War, before comparing these with their international peers’ experiences. Discussion developed into dialogue about the purpose and future of commemoration of the war beyond the centenary. The session closed with a guest lecture and Q&A session from Dr Jenny Macleod, University of Hull, author of Reconsidering Gallipoli (2004) and Gallipoli (2015).
We would like to acknowledge the support received from the Simpson Prize, The History Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (Australia), The History Teachers’ Association of Australia, and the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme (UK), particularly Paul Kiem and Simon Bendry, in enabling us to bring these two sets of young people together.