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POSTPONED: ‘The Great War and its Aftermath in Film and Television’ Study Day Event

Lifelong Learning
10:00 - 16:00
30 May 2015
Avenue Campus Highfield Road Southampton SO17 1BF

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

Event details

Nearly a century passed since the armistice that brought an end to the Great War on November 11, 1918. Few events remain so deeply scored into the popular imagination; as the Guardian newspaper reflected: ‘the first world war is still a live and raw memory, though today almost none of us lived through it’. Much of that memory has been built on photographic images, still and moving. The cinema in the nine decades since the war’s end, along with television and now the internet, has been central in disseminating, and therefore shaping the image of the Great War in popular memory.

Scene from 'Battle of the Somme'
Scene from 'Battle of the Somme'

This Study Day has been postponed until later in the year.

This study day offers an opportunity to learn about the role that British silent cinema has played in this, for it is the silent cinema that set out the ‘landscape’ of images and narratives during the war and in the subsequent decade that followed. We will explore the way that film was used during the war as both propaganda and entertainment and after the war in shaping the memory and the impact of the war on British society and culture in direct and more implicit ways. One of our focuses will be on the impact of the war on the local Southampton area and cinema’s role in that. We will look at the way that people went to the cinema, how it became an important source of information about the war and how it also came to be seen as a place where one could escape the grim effects of the war on everyday life.

The complex and often remarkable story of how British silent cinema responded to the war is still being uncovered, and the still-evolving memory of the war through popular culture continues to fascinate. This study day will highlight key discoveries and debates, and offer an introduction into these complex and powerful images, memories and encounters.


Dr James Jordan:  A Land Fit for Heroes and Idiots: The Memory of the First World War in British Television
Dr Michael Williams:  Trouble on the Home Front: Strikers, Cowards, Supermen and The Guns of Loos (1928)
Dr Michael Hammond: Cinema-going in Southampton (UK) 1914-1918
Introduced Screening: The Battle of the Somme (1916) [DVD]




£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, U3A members, 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.



Unfortunately this Study Day has been postponed until later in the year. Booking is unavailable at this time.


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