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October and November update

Upcoming “Innovating in Combat” conference: “Making Telecommunications in the Great War”, Oxford, 24 January 2014.

“Innovating in Combat” are pleased to announce that we will be holding a conference “Making Telecommunications in the Great War” in Oxford on 24 January 2014. The CFP is available at http://blogs.mhs.ox.ac.uk/innovatingincombat/cfp-making-telecomms-wwi and the deadline for abstracts is 4 December 2013. All enquiries about the conference should be sent to Elizabeth Bruton at E.M.Bruton@leeds.ac.uk.

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“Innovating in Combat” have a busy and exciting October and early November and delivered four public lectures delivered in the UK and the US.

First up was ““Sacrifice of a Genius”: Henry Moseley’s role as a Signals Officer in World War One”, a lunchtime lecture delivered by our postdoctoral researcher Dr Elizabeth Bruton at the Royal Society, London on Friday 11 October. A video of the lecture consisting of the PowerPoint slides and an audio recording of the lecture is available on the Royal Society’s website at http://royalsociety.org/events/2013/henry-moseley/

The following day, Elizabeth travelled to Horwood House near Milton Keynes to deliver a talk on radio amateurs in World War One at the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Centenary Convention. The talk, which was delivered twice, was well attended and was followed by engaging questions from the audience. For further details of the convention and the programme for the weekend, see http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-centenary-convention/

Between 14 October and 28 October, Elizabeth travelled to New Jersey where she visisted the Edison papers at Rutgers University and AT&T archives in Warren, New Jersey – more on this at a later date. As part of this research visit and supported by the IEEE History Center, Elizabeth gave the inaugural public history lecture at Rutgers University. An audio recording of the lecture is available at https://soundcloud.com/elizabeth-bruton/innovating-in-combat-lecture, courtesy of Bill Zukowski, a member of the New Jersey Antique Radio Club, member of the AWA (Antique Wireless Association), and holder of radio amateur call N2YEG.

Last and more definitely not least on Saturday 2 November, Graeme Gooday and Elizabeth Bruton delivered a joint lecture at the Science Museum entitled “Patriotism and Profit during World War One”. We also wrote a short blog post on the subject in advance of the lecture and this was published on the Guardian‘s H-Word history of science blog at http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/28/science-technology-profits-first-world-war The lecture was well attended and an audio recording of the lecture will be available soon on our events page at http://blogs.mhs.ox.ac.uk/innovatingincombat/events/

See our project website at http://blogs.mhs.ox.ac.uk/innovatingincombat for further details of our project and events listings.