The festival in commemoration of Wilfred Owen will run for a number of weeks in the months of October and November 2018. The principal festival period will run from the 1st until the 11th of November.
Below you will find all events that will be held during this period, starting in October. If you wish to navigate between months then please follow the link at the top of the calendar.
For more information about a particular event please click on the event to view a detailed information page.
World War 1 Lunchtime Lecture with Two Course Lunch – Simon Jarman MBE
November 7th @ 12:30 pm£12.00
“The end of World War 1 and its aftermath”
Vast crowds gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to celebrate the victorious end of the First World War on 11 November 1918. The country had changed for the good, we had won the war, votes for women. However, the joyous mood was short-lived. Post-war Britain, as many contemporary observers noted, did not seem like a country that had just experienced a great military triumph.
After the Paris Peace Conference and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the world was at peace or was it? Elsewhere the aftermath of World War I saw drastic political, cultural, economic, and social change across Europe, Asia, Africa, and even in areas outside those that were directly involved. Empires had collapsed due to the war, old countries were abolished, new ones were formed, boundaries were redrawn, international organizations were established, and many new and old ideologies took a firm hold in people’s minds and all of this whilst the worst ever influenza epidemic raged. Simon explores this topic in this lunchtime lecture.
Simon Jarman MBE was a soldier for 29 years, including five working for the Army Cadet Force on Training Safety. His encounters from Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda and much more around the world gave him an insight of the experiences of modern conflict. Simon was awarded the MBE in 1999.
Simon is a keen sportsman and now works running Forest Skills and Bush craft for youngsters along with presentations and displays of memorabilia around the country, linked to the First World War, as an amateur historian he has had a book published linked to his great uncle and his experiences in the trenches.
He managed to fit in a trip of four months working with the British Antarctic Survey two years ago. Simon lives in Oswestry and is married to Linda, he has two children one an Army Officer and the other a nurse.
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