About this day
For A-level students of the AQA A specification
This autumn sees the return of the inspirational and stimulating enrichment day ‘WW1 and its Aftermath’ to London. Designed to provide comprehensive support to students preparing for this option, the day will feature a diverse range of inspiring talks by expert, engaging speakers exploring the literary, historical and military perspectives of this option. There will also be an examination session providing invaluable guidance and insights to boost students’ confidence and success. Covering topics ranging from poetry in the First World War to gender and the soldier’s experience, the programme will equip students with essential information and ideas to help them achieve maximum success in the examination. We are delighted to announce that the day will be chaired by former Chief Examiner Stella Canwell MBE.
Programme & speakers
Poetry in the First World War: new frontier or doggerel march? Mario Petrucci, Poet
Mario’s insights into poetry highlight the contrast between what was written before and after WW1. He will encourage student participation, guiding hands-on activities designed to explore core literary themes, including women writers and the early work of key poets.
About Mario Petrucci
Mario Petrucci is a multi-award winning poet, educator and broadcaster. Former poet in residence at the Imperial War Museum, he talks widely on the First World War and its poetry, specialising in Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Vera Brittain. His remarkable poetry soundscape Tales from the Bridge was a centrepiece of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry. A fascinating and experienced speaker, his insightful approach to the subject – endorsed by examiners and teachers alike – is both accessible and profoundly relevant.
A Soldier’s Perspective Taff Gillingham, Military Historical Advisor
Taff Gillingham will look at the men who made up the army of WW1, their uniforms, equipment and living conditions. This insightful, entertaining session helps to highlight the soldier’s perspective and put the tactics of the time into context.
About Taff Gillingham
Taff Gillingham is a military historian and military historical advisor for film, television and theatre work, advising on many productions including the TV series ‘Downton Abbey’, and the 2018 film ‘Journey’s End’. He has a vast knowledge of the uniforms and equipment of the British and Commonwealth soldiers of the first half of the twentieth century. He ran The Association for Military Remembrance, which researches military history 1899-1960, is a former trustee of The Suffolk Regiment Museum, is Chairman of the Suffolk Branch of The Western Front Association and is a director of the ground-breaking Great War Huts heritage project in Suffolk which is restoring eleven original First World War wooden army huts. These will eventually form the basis of a major new museum and visitor attraction focussing on the war.