Programme, Interpreting Telecommunications in the Great War, University of Leeds, 28 June

Last updated: 21 June 2013

Interpreting Telecommunications in the Great War:

A workshop for museum interpreters, archivists and historians

Supported by the AHRC-funded project:

Innovating in Combat: telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War

Friday 28 June 2013 9am – 4.30pm

Centre for History & Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

in partnership with the Museum of History of Science, University of Oxford

Location: Brotherton Room, Brotherton Library (number 59 on campus map)

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Unless otherwise noted, each talk will last 15 minutes and discussion will take place at the end of each session. For full details and abstracts see

9.00-9.15: Welcome and tea and coffee


Elizabeth Bruton and Graeme Gooday, University of Leeds
Project overview including development of educational resources; introduction to project partners

9.30-10.30: RESEARCH

Charlotte Connelly, Science Museum
Recent research on the effects of wartime radio training on the later amateur radio movement

Phil Judkins, University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies
Before Dawn: Air Defence and Telecommunications during World War One

John Moyle and Graeme Gooday, University of Leeds
Major Fuller and the Fortunes of War: The development of the Fullerphone during World War One

Followed by 15 minutes discussion

10.30-11.00: Tea and coffee


Anne Locker, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) archives
General update on the IET archive’s plans for the First World War centenary and some preliminary findings

Charlotte Dando, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Cornwall
Plans to rebuild a World War One memorial to those of the telegraph companies that gave their lives during the Great War

Stephen Johnston, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Plans for an exhibition about Henry Moseley and soldier-scientists in the First World War.
Note: To be presented by Elizabeth Bruton

Jessica Meyer, Legacies of War, University of Leeds
Overview of the Legacies of War project at the University of Leeds

Adam Walsh, Royal Engineers Museum and Archives
Royal Engineers Museum and Archives’ plan for the World War One centenary

David Hay, BT archives
BT archival sources have that are being digitised under BT archive’s Coventry/TNA project launched and available online this summer.

Claire Jones, University of Leeds HSTM Museum
Public engagement experiences and how this might translate to WWI

Followed by 15 minutes discussion

1.00-2.00: Lunch


Brigadier (Retired) Cedric Burton OBE, Chairman, Royal Signals Museum; Colonel (Retired) Colin Cunningham TD, Trustee, Royal Signals Museum; and Nick Kendall-Carpenter, Director, Royal Signals Museum.

Followed by 5 minutes discussion

2.30-3.30: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION, chaired by Richard Noakes, University of Exeter
This will also involve a discussion of future plans

3.30-4.00: Tea and coffee

4.00-4.30: Closing remarks

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