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POSTPONED: Professor Heather Jones, University College London

Northumbria University


PLEASE NOTE: This Public Lecture has been postponed, due to the recent coronavirus (COVIC-19) outbreak. If you have registered for any this lecture, we will be in touch when a new date is confirmed.


Prisoners of War and Humanitarianism in the First World War - A Local, National and International History


This lecture will explore the different ways that prisoners of war from Britain, captured by Germany, were supported by aid networks during the First World War. It will examine the relationship between local fundraising, national aid coordination and state regulation of aid provision. It will assess how the war set important precedents in terms of how aid work was modernised and delivered and in terms of how prisoners of war were protected. It will argue that the war led to key legal frameworks for aid for captured prisoner combatants that continue to shape our modern world. 


Professor Jones is one of the country’s leading experts on the history of the First World War and has a particular specialism in prisoner of war studies. Professor Jones’s first monograph, Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War in Britain, France and Germany 1914-1920 , was published with Cambridge University Press in 2011 and she has since published on various topics, including the British monarchy and the First World War.


This lecture is supported by the Heritage Lottery Funded project ‘Tynemouth Prisoners of War Parcels Fund’, run by the Northumbria World War One Commemorative Project.


Refreshments will be available from 6pm with the lecture 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

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Northumbria University
Lecture Theatre 002, Business and Law Building
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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