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Tolkien Lecture: Sir Hew Strachan

On Wednesday 4 May 2016 the sixth Tolkien Lecture of the series was given by Professor Sir Hew Strachan, possibly one of the most distinguished military historians in this country.

Sir Hew Strachan

Sir Hew is a world authority on military history from the 18th century to the present day, with a particular focus on the First World War and the history of the British Army. Being a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a leading member of the National Committee for the Centenary of the First World War, it is in this role that he lectured on the centenary of the Somme campaign of 1916 - a deeply controversial series of battles in which 52 Old Edwardians lost their lives. The campaign had a profound effect on British consciousness and deeply affects modern perceptions of the First World War.

The lecture also included a film entitled 'Gilson's War' and follows on from 'Tolkien's War' as an examination of one man's experiences in the British Army leading up to 1 July 1916. It was shot on location in NE France and focuses on Robert Gilson, the son of headmaster Cary Gilson.

We are immensely grateful to the Old Edwardians' Association and the Parents' Association for their support of this event.