Conference Line Up

09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30 Introduction
09:40-10:15 Panel One: Honouring and restoring the injured and deceased


Hanna Smyth, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford : ‘His six feet of ground’: The Empty-Graves Proposal for the Missing of the First World War

Louise Bell, Researcher, The National Archives: New Limbs For Old: Prostheses and Rehabilitation in the First World War



10:15-10:50 Panel Two: The impact of War


Victoria Taylor, PhD Candidate, University of Hull: Death and the Dambusters: Memory and Commemoration of Operation CHASTISE in Britain and Germany

Lt Con Rob Page. PhD Candidate, Kings College London:  Mission or the soldier: the role of the individual in modern conflict


10:50 Tea Break
11:20-11:55 Panel Three: Envisioning the soldier


Lucie Wade, PhD Candidate, Leeds Beckett University: The Clean British Tommy: Personal Hygiene and Civilian Perceptions of Soldier Masculinity in the First World War

Timothy Ellis, PhD Candidate, University of Teeside: Fighting grave indiscipline with a camera: Photography and the Irish Civil War, 1922-3


11:55 Keynote Speaker

Professor Peter Doyle, London South Bank University

Disputed Earth: Geology and the Western Front, 1914–1918


12:30 Lunch  *Poster presentations to be delivered during lunch time session
13:25 Afternoon session begins
13:30-14:20 Panel Four: Researching War- Projects and public engagement


Professor Mark Connolly, University of Kent (video presentation): Engaging the wider community with the First World War centenary: a view from Gateways to the First World War

Dr. Karina Croucher & Dr Lindsay Buster, University of Bradford:  Talking death: Archaeology, human remains and public engagement

Andrew Fetherston, Commonwealth War Graves Commission:  Lt. Arthur Conway Osborne Morgan – a case study in battlefield recovery from the CWGC archives


14:20-14:55 Panel Five: Visual investigations into sites of conflict


Dr. Phil Murgatroyd, University of Bradford:  Byzantine logistics, George Armand Furse and the Battle of 73 Easting

Peter Masters, Cranfield Forensic Institute: From Training Ground to Frontline: Recording the Archaeology from the Great War 1914-1918


14:55 Tea Break
15:25-16:00 Panel Six: Recovery from War


Dickie Bennett, Breaking Ground Heritage: No man left behind: How conflict archaeology of the First World War has helped modern day soldiers recover from battlefield trauma

Simon Verdegem, Ruben Willaert BVBA:  Excavating the missing of the First World War in Flanders Fields. Now or Never?


16:00-16:35 Panel Seven:  Remnants of war- preservation and conservation


Dr. James Wearn, Project Manager, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:  Life beyond death: an environmental perspective on post-conflict landscapes of the First World War

Rob Janaway & Dr. Eddy Faber, University of Bradford: Rust never sleeps – Corrosion and finds from WW1 contexts


16:35 Keynote Speaker

Richard Osgood, Senior Archaeologist, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

Fighting old battles or healing wounds? The importance of conflict archaeology

17:10 Closing Comments

To download the schedule, please click here: Modern Conflict Research Symposium Schedule PDF

During the lunchtime session, poster presentations will be set up in the dining area for you to view at your leisure. Confirmed presenters are as follows:

Daniel J. Leahy, Undergraduate Student, University of New England, Australia

Their duty nobly done: examining practises of memory at the Deniliquin War Cemetery, NSW, Australia


Alison Starr, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland, Australia

War cemeteries and enemy remains


Dwayne Beckers, Historian & Archaeologist, BeoBOM & Chairman of the War Heritage Foundation Midden-Limburg (Stichting Oorlogserfgoed Midden-Limburg)

Finding executed Ostarbeiter in the Dutch-German border region


Gary Ball, Coordinator, Project Zero

History and Learning from the Past / Experimental Airship Archaeology


Dr. Karen Abi-Ezzi, Lecturer in Peace Studies, University of Bradford

The ‘So What do you see project?’ web project: exploring one way in which the world-wide-web can be used to contribute to processes of conflict transformation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Lt Con Rob Page, PhD Candidate, Kings College London & British Army

How do I make this go viral? Commemoration, Counter-monumentalism and the Centenary of the First World War

Dr. Robert Clarke & Simon Cleggett, Wessex Archaeology

The Largest Archaeological Exploration of WW1 Training Trenches


Abstracts to be updated shortly. To download the list of Poster Presentations, click here: 2018 Modern Conflict Research Symposium Poster Presentations PDF