The Royal Marsden Hospital

The Royal Marsden Hospital
Fulham Road, London, SW3 6JJ

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'Eve In Khaki': Women And The British Army

The relationship between women and the army has changed frequently over time. Most recently in July 2016 the British Government accepted the recommendation of the Chief of the General Staff that the ban on female soldiers serving in frontline combat roles should be lifted. Dr Lucy Noakes will look further back, tracing…

Female Agents Of The Special Operations Executive

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was one of the most innovative British creations of the Second World War. Its mission was to export resistance, subversion and sabotage to occupied Europe and beyond, disrupting the Nazi war effort and building a secret army, which would work in the shadows to help to liberate…

How First World War Stretcher Bearers Changed Medicine Forever

Dr Emily Mayhew will explore the creation of a specialist stretcher bearer corps on the Western Front, which transformed military medicine into the system that is still in use today. Without these first 'First Responders' we would have no Combat Medical Technicians (CMT), no Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), even no…

National Service

Richard Vinen unpicks the myths of the two 'gap years', which all British men who came of age between 1945 and the early 1960s had to fill with National Service.

Thu 12 Jan 2017

National Service

Richard Vinen will unpick the myths of the two 'gap years', which all British men who came of age between 1945 and the early 1960s had to fill with National Service. Important for military reasons, National Service also had a huge impact on British society. Richard will demonstrate how changes from the introduction of…

Thu 12 Jan 2017

Protesting The Wars: Cell Block Graffiti At Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle is famous for housing prisoners. Over 1,000 individuals were imprisoned there from the late 19th century until the 1960s, leaving over 2,000 inscriptions. Kevin Booth's talk will look closely at the graffiti from the absolutist conscientious objectors - men who refused to fight on grounds of conscience…

Revamping The Vamp: Mata Hari Myths And Realities

Mata Hari, a Dutch hat-maker's daughter, was executed for espionage after a secret trial during the darkest days of the First World War. Dr Julie Wheelwright will unpick the myths surrounding her. Mata Hari, the stage name of Margaretha Zelle, has become a by-word for female betrayal. After her execution by the French in…

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