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The University of Southampton

'Hampshire and Gallipoli' Study Day Event

Lifelong Learning
09:30 - 16:30
25 April 2015
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Visitor Centre Victory Gate HM Naval Base Portsmouth PO1 3LJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Lifelong Learning Team at .

Event details

On 25 April 2015 – Anzac Day – the University of Southampton and the National Museum of the Royal Navy will mark precisely one hundred years since Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli peninsula.

This audacious attempt to seize Turkish fortifications and secure control of the Dardanelles proved a costly failure.  The losses sustained at Gallipoli famously helped forge Australia and New Zealand as sovereign nations independent of Great Britain, and yet the ‘mother country’ provided the bulk of the invasion force.  Across the eight months of the campaign the Hampshire Regiment was prominent in the fighting, with the 2nd Battalion on day one wading ashore at V Beach from the steamship River Clyde. A study day at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard will examine what connects the Gallipoli campaign and the south of England, in particular Hampshire.  As well as focusing upon the conflict itself, speakers will consider how failure at the Dardanelles was perceived after the war, not least in the south coast county on which ‘Johnny Turk’ had inflicted such heavy casualties.


Professor Adrian Smith
[Professor of Modern History, University of Southampton] and Dr Duncan Redford [Senior Research Fellow, NMRN] – Welcome and introduction

Dr Chris Prior [Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, University of Southampton] – Scene-setting, placing the presence of the three Hampshire battalions in the context of an imperial taskforce, as annually acknowledged on Anzac Day

Major [rtd.] Roger W. Coleman MBE [author/Western Front Association/Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum] – The Hampshire Regiment at Gallipoli

Professor Mark Connelly [Professor of Modern British History, University of Kent] – Tell England (Anthony Asquith, BIF, 1931): a depiction in fiction and on the screen of soldiers from southern England fighting on the Dardanelles

Mr Matthew Sheldon [Executive Director of Heritage, NMRN] – HMS M.33 at Gallipoli and afterwards. Introduced by Ms Jo Bailey [Hampshire Cultural Trust]

Tour of NMRN special exhibition: ‘Gallipoli: Myth and Memory’

Professor Adrian Smith [Professor of Modern History, University of Southampton]– conclusion to the day


£40 full rate (please email us for details of our new Loyalty Scheme)

£25 loyalty rate (Harbour Lights Members, Friends of Parkes, English Teachers Network, university staff and alumni)

£12.50 discount rate (students/sixth form & college students and those in receipt of income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Council Tax or Housing Benefit)

All prices include lunch and refreshments.

Please note that car parking charges may be applicable. Please see the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard website for further information.


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