war

Devon war hero honoured in new book

Authored by News Desk

The role of an Exeter-born Royal Navy Lieutenant in helping to protect the fragile independence of Estonia and Latvia at the end of WW1 is one of the personal stories featured in a new book that’s published next month.

Battle in the Baltic , by author and naval historian Steve Dunn, turns the spotlight on the almost forgotten story of the navy’s 13-month brutal conflict in the Baltic...

Talk: Choosing War? Choice And Tragedy In The Origins And Escalations Of Vietnam’s Wars

Professor of History at Exeter University and Director of the Centre for the Study of War, State and Society, Martin Thomas has written a number of books about the French colonial empire.

He is especially interested in why the end of European empire was bitterly – and violently – contested in some places but less so in others. He argues that 20th century war in Indochina showed the futility of resisting decolonisation, and could be seen as being a hugely costly and ultimately pointless conflict.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free...

Performance: War Correspondents - Helen Chadwick Song Theatre

War Correspondents bears witness to those who risk their lives in extreme circumstances in order to tell the truth to the outside world.

Chadwick and creative collaborator Miriam Nabarro interviewed over 30 journalists working in conflict zones across the world which were then transformed into songs. “I keep hoping that someday, if we keep telling the truth, it will be better for all of us”, so said a Liberian journalist when speaking about why he felt compelled to take such risks telling the stories he dared to tell.

“Chadwick … an exquisite find.” The Guardian

...

Talk: Britain's ‘Brown Babies’: The Children of Black GIs and White Women Born in World War II

The Mary Jacobs Memorial Lecture by Professor Lucy Bland

Lucy Bland’s research has concentrated on the history of gender, sexuality and feminism in Britain between 1880s-1980s. Her new projects are a social and cultural history of transracial adoption in Britain since World War II and an investigation of mixed race offspring of black GIs and British women born during World War II.

£6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA.

Special blessing at Civic Service to mark 75th anniversary of Plymouth Blitz

Authored by Mary

Poppy seeds will be blessed by the Bishop of Plymouth at a civic church service to honour those who lost their lives in the Plymouth Blitz.

The Right Reverend Nick McKinnel will bless the seeds during the service at the Minster Church of St Andrew on Sunday 24 April at 3pm to commemorate 75 years since the city’s darkest hour.

The seeds will then be planted the following day...

HMS Heroes take part in remembrance festival

Authored by Mary

At this time of year, we are all remembering those who serve and have served in our armed forces, across the generations.

This is particularly poignant for Plymouth’s HMS Heroes young people, all of whom have had at least one member of their family serving in the military.

Every year the HMS Heroes Choir sing at the Festival of Remembrance at the Plymouth Pavilions, which is...

Saltram wants your World War II stories

Authored by Mary

Staff and volunteers at Saltram, in Plympton, are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings as they prepare for ‘Spitfires and Sweethearts’, a 1940’s event taking place over Father’s Day weekend on 14 and 15 June, from 10am to 4pm.

Working in partnership with ‘The 1940’s Roadshow’, Saltram Park will come alive with a replica spitfire, entertainment, live munition...

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2013 launches today

Authored by Mary

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2013 launches today

A pop concert for Armed Forces families will kick off the Poppy Appeal 2013 today, launching one of the nation’s largest and best loved fundraising campaigns in support of Armed Forces families who are the focus of this year’s Appeal.

Thousands of Service personnel and their families will wear their poppies with...

War Horse

The National Theatre’s award-winning production of WAR HORSE begins a ten month, nine-venue tour of the UK and Ireland opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 27 September 2013.

Seen by over 2.4 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007, WAR HORSE will visit Theatre Royal Plymouth, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry in Salford, the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Sunderland Empire, the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

...

Researchers crack MI9 codes to reveal PoWs' wartime requests

Authored by JamesM

Hidden messages locked in coded wartime letters have been revealed for the first time in 70 years by academics at Plymouth University.

Mathematicians, historians and geographers have worked together to crack codes used by MI9 to conceal information going in and out of prisoner of war camps across Europe during the Second World War.

They give a fascinating insight into how the...