Upcoming talks in Cornwall!

I know it is quite far away from Leeds but for those of you who may be interested, I am giving a talk on the history of the Marconi wireless station at Poldhu during World War One at the Marconi Centre at Poldhu on Tuesday August 6th at 7.30pm. The talk is free to attend and there is no need to register. Further details of the centre and how do get there are available at http://marconi-centre-poldhu.org.uk/

I’m also giving an evening lecture on cable telegraphy during World War One at Porthcurno Telegraph Museum on the evening of Wednesday August 7th from 6-8pm. For full details and to register for the Porthcurno event, see http://zimmermann-es2.eventbrite.com/. I will also be running family-friendly table top talks throughout the day at the museum so please do feel free to pop along during the day too!

The poster for the evening lecture is available here.

Registration now open for 28 June workshop!

Registration is now closed, as of 14 June. If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch.

We are hosting a workshop for museum interpreters, archivists and historians in the Brotherton Room at the University of Leeds on Friday 28 June from 9am to 4.30pm.

Registration is now open and the programme is also available.

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2013 and we will be providing bursaries to assist with attendance.  If you have any questions about the workshop, please do get in touch.

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Project update

Lecture room

Lecture room by Sean MacEntee. Image licensed via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

We are pleased to announce that we have some very exciting events coming up so do check out our events page!  Upcoming events include Interpreting Telecommunications in the Great War: A workshop for museum interpreters, archivists and historian to be held in the Brotherton Room at the University of Leeds on Friday 28 June and will be preceded by a pre-workshop reception on Thursday 27 June. We will be also holding lectures and public events in Cornwall and London.  We have many exciting events coming up and so please do check our events page for regular updates!

We are also pleased to announce a new project partner: the Science Museum, London. We are delighted they’ve decided to join the project and we look forward to a very fruitful partnership.


‘Innovating in Combat: telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War’ is a newly-launched one-year collaborative project between University of Leeds and the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The principal investigator is Professor Graeme Gooday at the University of Leeds and co-investigator Dr Stephen Johnson at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford with research assistance provided by Elizabeth Bruton, a former PhD student in history of technology at the University of Leeds.

The overall aim of the project is to help museums, archives, and the wider public to better appreciate the significance of communications technologies during the Great War, both in terms of the intellectual property issues involved, and the work of signals engineers. It will draw upon the collective resources of partner museums and archives to generate public events, multimedia materials, and educational resources.

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