The current health crisis has compelled the Institute to postpone its annual Gallipoli Lecture to later in the year. Nonetheless, the Institute wishes to mark Anzac Day, as an honour to the sublime sacrifice of our Australian and New Zealand allies more than a century ago, and ever since.
This year marks not simply the centenary of the end of the ‘War to End all Wars’, but is also the conclusion of four years of contemplation on the conflict that changed the way in which combat was waged.
Wars cannot be executed without labourers. During the First World War – and in particular following the terrible losses of the Somme in 1916 – Britain’s War Office assembled an army of workers. Yet today, they are almost uniformly forgotten. At an event at RUSI next week, we bring ‘The Unremembered’ out of the shadows acknowledging their extraordinary courage and sacrifices.
As part of RUSI’s Conflict, War and Culture programme, Hallé musicians will perform a programme of musical pieces derived from, and around, the First World War and featuring the music of some of the...