Programme – Military History Live 2016


Leicester’s ‘Military History Live’ event on Saturday 18th June at Adult Education (Belvoir Street) is an opportunity to explore the conflicts from the past that shape our world today.

Covering the last 500 years, ‘Military History Live 2016’ provides an opportunity to discover Leicester’s involvement in these conflicts, the part played by its soldiers and those left behind on the home front.

There are exhibitors covering many conflicts and the opportunity for ‘cafe conversations’ about life on the frontline, the home front for those waiting for news, internment, conscientious objectors, prisoners of war, those shot at dawn for desertion or cowardice in the First World War and PTSD and many more.

A full programme includes two book launches and illustrated talks especially of interest to those studying these subjects. This makes the event worth attending for those with an existing interest in military history and those looking to discover more about their own families involvement.

You can bring your family mementoes along to let our experts tell you more about them and be guided through the archives available online to aid your own research.

The Adult Education building on Belvoir Street is our host venue again and with the continued sponsorship of Helion & Co Publishers the whole event is free to attend.

This is a great opportunity to discuss military campaigns with re-enactors who are enthusiastic hobbyists and willing to share their knowledge of those involved both on the frontline and at home.

Follow the build up on twitter @conflictreportr and Facebook ‘Conflict Reportage’


Programme: 10am-4pm


Helion & Co Military Publishers

Leicestershire Western Front Association

Nigel Parker – Zeppelins and the First World War Air War

Robert Hope – Rorkes Drift, Zulu War

County Records Office – join the team as they reenact a Military Service Act Tribunal / Q&A

Julian Harrison – Book launch of ‘Suspended Disbelief’ Reflections on the Holocaust

Red Coats and Revolution – Leicester based Living History Society recreating the American Revolution (1775-1783).

Sikh Ladies WW1 Tapestry

Up and At Em’ History – Civil Defence Corps

Richard Keenan (aka Father Joe Lacy) Chaplain, US Rangers, D-DAY

Century of Stories (Leicester Remembers 1914-1918)

Regimental Mobile Recruiting Team, 2nd Battalion Royal Anglians

Andy Ball – WW1, 2, 1970/80s Cold War and Present day uniforms & equipment

Jan Jarzembowski & David Bradley – 1st Polish Armoured Division in World War II

TREC (The Race Equality Centre) – Together We Won The War – WW1 exhibition on Commonwealth support

LR Family History Society – research

Charles Singleton – Col. Nicholas Devereux’s Regiment of Foot

Bicorne Miniatures – table top demonstrations

Peter Dennis – English Civil War ‘Paper Soldiers’ Book and demonstration

Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan – Women Combatants in Sri Lanka and women in conflicts globally.

Royal Navy, Community Recruiter Sukhdev Ajula

Peter McAleese – Author on conflicts in Africa and Private Military Companies (PMCs) in South America

Opposition to WW1 and Conscientious Objectors – Sue & David Mackrell

LASALs / Adult Education – Adult learning, military records and YOUR family!

Pike and Shot Society – Stephen Ede-Borrett – English Civil War

Roy Hathaway – Cigarette Card Collector – American Civil War and other conflicts

Leicester Modellers – ‘live’ model builds throughout the event

Micro-Cinema Showcase: 

Combat Film & Research – first combat operations in Afghanistan

Chosen Men (trailer) – A film by Aaron Sayers, Edengate Pictures

Nick Bannister – Holocaust Short Film ‘Maybe Something, Maybe Tomorrow’ (7 mins)

World War 1: A History in 100 Stories – film showcase from the Monash University, Australia (MOOC)

Leicester At War Walking Trail – Heritage Schools film (15 mins)

Papers/Talks/Presentations: Co-ordinated by Dr Christopher Brice

10.30 The 8th Lincolns at the Battle of Loos by Nigel Atter

11.15 Daily Life on the Western Front for the Fighting Men of Leicester by Simon Peaple

12.00 The Indian Army and the Mesopotamian Campaign by Iain Smith

13.30 1st Polish Armoured Division in World War II by Jan Jarzembowski

14.20 War Memorials in Leicester by Abigail Wattam

15.00 The Defence of Rorke’s Drift by Robert Hope

Photography Exhibition:

Laos Children and Toy Guns by Christopher Michael-Tew

Life in War by Majid Saeedi – kindly supported by Charnwood Arts, Kev Ryan

2 Royal Anglians – Op Herrick 19, Afghanistan

Into the African Bush – Cold War conflicts by Jim Hooper

‘Another Time, Another Life’ – A Royal Marine in the Far East – Father Churlish

‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ – a photo exhibit by Dave Sinclair

Art Exhibition:

Peter Archer, military artist – a 500 year portfolio timeline

Helen Chester Arts – First World War portraits

Kye Elliot – Children at War – part of the Beautiful Victims collection

Photo Booth:

Imogen Cox of Leicester Museum Service will be bringing along several First World War interpretation boxes from Newarke House Museum’s new exhibition launching in July.

Local Newspapers – First World War

Join us in the ‘Conflict Reportage Newsroom’ to discuss the changing role of the war reporter over the last 100 years. Talk to John Dilley (Director of the Leicester centre for Journalism, DMU) and colleague, David Penman (DMU) about their First World War blogging project.


The Leicester Lord Mayor, Cllr Stephen Corrall (ex Guards) will open MHL 2016 at 11am.

Pick up a flyer at Adult Education (Belvoir Street) or BBC Radio Leicester.




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