21453
England
An Oxford WWI Conference: Remembering The Great War
Immerse yourself in the story of WWI in Oxford, where you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the events of the Great War through conferences, lectures and expert-led speaker discussions.
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Program No. 21453RJ
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10 days
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10 days
9 nights
21 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Day, Welcome reception
Oxford
D
St Hugh's College

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The college is within walking distance of central Oxford and Summertown, North Oxford with its cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Arrivals continue, with free time for those who have already arrived. At 5:30pm we will have an Orientation meeting. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will facilitate your educational content, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. Due to the high profile nature of many of our speakers, most will be confirmed by the time of the first set of Preparatory Materials, however there may be changes due to reasons beyond our control. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following the meeting we invite you to join us for a Welcome Reception with wine.

Dinner: Served dinner with wine, tea, coffee and water.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
3
1917: The Darkest Year, the Italian Front
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room. A breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold items, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: This morning we begin our lecture series with Dr Spencer Jones, Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton on 1917 The Darkest Year. Refreshment break followed by Dr John Dillon on Caporetto, the Italian Front and the context of war in 1917.

Lunch: Served in the dining room. A two course lunch with tea, coffee and tap water.

Afternoon: After lunch we join Professor Stephen Badsey on the US Entry to the War and British Propaganda before enjoying some free time. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions should you wish to further explore Oxford.

Dinner: Served in the dining room. A three course dinner with tea, coffee and tap water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Free time, or join Dr Spencer Jones on 'The Hell they called Passchendaele: The British Army and the Third Battle of Ypres, 1917'.

DAY
4
U-Boats, Lessons of the Somme, Mapping
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Our first of two lectures this morning will see Professor Andrew Lambert discuss Grinding Attrition: the U-Boat Threat. Refreshment break. Professor Bill Philpott considers The Lessons of the Somme.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: The lectures continue with Dr Peter Chasseaud on Gunners on the Grid: Maps, surveys and the creation of an integrated system on the Western Front, 1914-18. Free time.

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: Join Dr Spencer Jones as he discusses Cambrai: The First Great Tank Battle.

DAY
5
Palestine, the War in East Africa
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Dr James Kitchen discusses The Palestine Campaign 1917 Following our now traditional break for coffee and some fresh air we’ll gather with Dr Stuart Mitchell on The War in East Africa.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon we join Professor Adrian Gregory of Pembroke College University of Oxford for a lecture on Globalizing and Localizing the Great War. Followed by free time.

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
6
British Generalship, Germans at Ypres
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: Professor Gary Sheffield begins the day with a consideration of British Generalship on the Western Front 1917. After a refreshment break Dr Matthias Strohn lectures on the German Army at Ypres 1917.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free afternoon for you to explore the city of dreaming spires.

Dinner: In the college dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a gin tasting with John Harris, former Steward of Christ Church Oxford.

DAY
7
Middle East, the French Army
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We join Dr Rob Johnson in an examination of the Middle East in 1917. Refreshment break followed by Dr Jonathan Boff on Mutiny and the French Army 1917.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Lecture: Dr Jonathan Krause on Mutiny and the French Army in 1917. Free time.

Dinner: Served in the dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Exploring Oxford
Oxford
B
St Hugh's College

Activity note: Walking up to two miles on city streets.

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: We stretch our legs in the city of dreaming spires as our Study Leader, John Harris, takes us on an expert-led walk of Oxford. We’ll walk along St. Giles past the famous Eagle & Child pub – home to meetings of the Inklings, a group of Oxford authors including CS Lewis and Tolkein – before making our way past St. John’s College and Balliol to the Martyr’s Memorial. As we push further into the city centre we’ll see some renowned colleges and remarkable buildings, including the Sheldonian Theatre, the Divinity School, the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city of Oxford at your leisure. Your Group Leader will be happy to help with recommendations and directions. For those continuing on to the extension meet for an informal welcome with the Group Leader at 4:30pm.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
9
Espionage Act, AEF, Gala Dinner
Oxford
B,L,D
St Hugh's College

Breakfast: In the dining room.

Morning: This morning join intelligence expert Nigel West as he discusses “The Espionage Act of 1917". Coffee break. Lt. Col. Andrew Duff looks at the American Expeditionary Forces and the Great War.

Lunch: In the dining room.

Afternoon: Dr Spencer Jones joins us one final time for a round-up of everything you’ve learned over the course of the programme. We’ll discuss the themes and major events of 1917, and there will be time for any burning questions you still might have. Following the round up you are invited to join us for a reception with wine before our gala dinner.

Dinner: A gala dinner with wine served in the dining room.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
Oxford
B

Breakfast: In the dining room. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.






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