Recording: Commemorating the Past, Safeguarding the Future

In honour of Remembrance Day we hosted a half-day event on the role of commemoration in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Watch the event recording

With the World Wars falling out of living memory, the event looked at the role commemoration has to play now and, in the future, including as an instrument of international diplomacy and as a reminder of the human cost of warfare.

Sessions throughout the morning will include a keynote address from Professor Sir Hew Strachan, and a panel session hosted by BBC Newsnight’s Diplomatic Editor, Mark Urban.

A range of panellists with international military, political, and diplomatic expertise considered the relevance of war commemoration for future generations and the potential of commemoration to help governments and nations meet global challenges.


  • Professor Sir Hew Strachan FBA FRHistS FRSE, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews
  • Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP, UK Shadow Foreign Secretary
  • Mark Urban, Diplomatic Editor, Newsnight, BBC
  • Claire Horton CBE, Director General, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • HE Vikram K. Doraiswami, High Commissioner of India to the UK
  • Lieutenant General Sir Ben Bathurst KCVO CBE, UK Military Representative to NATO
  • The Hon. Matt Keogh MP, Australian Government Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel


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