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17th October 2014, 8:58am
Celebrated historian remembers WWI in free public lecture
'Remembering the Real First World War' A celebrated historian and national coordinator for the First World War centenary programme will visit Lincoln to deliver a free public lecture, as Britain embarks on four years of commemoration.

Hosted by the University of Lincoln, UK, as part of its established Public Lecture Programme, Professor Sir Deian Hopkin will discuss the nature of remembrance. His talk, entitled Memory and Myth – Remembering the Real First World War, will explore how we can distinguish between collective memory of the ‘Great War’ and the many myths that still surround the conflict.

The talk takes place on Tuesday 21st October 2014, in the University of Lincoln’s Architecture Building on the Brayford Pool Campus.

Sir Deian is the President of the National Library of Wales and Expert Adviser to the First Minister of Wales on the World War One Centenary.  

He said: “Every community in Britain, and not least Lincoln, was deeply affected by the First World War, the shadow of which has lasted for generations. We should use the centenary year to reflect on the way we remember our past and ask if there are any lessons to be learnt. We also need to leave a legacy of real understanding of the war and its impact for future generations.”

A historian of the press and the labour movement, specialising in the use of new technologies in history, Sir Deian spent more than four decades in higher education and was, until 2009, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University.

Particularly active in educational reform, the skills agenda of the UK and the implementation of policies aimed at widening participation, he was the Government’s champion for the 14-19 reforms and apprenticeship programmes, and led the 2009 inquiry into the Student Loans Company, which he subsequently chaired. He currently serves on a number of bodies including the City and Guilds Institute, of which he is Fellow, the Higher Education Commission and the advisory board of Times Higher Education. He is also a judge of the annual Times Higher Education Awards and a patron of several charities and trusts.

A Freeman of the City of London, Sir Deian was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for services to higher education in the 2009 Birthday Honours.
Memory and Myth – Remembering the Real First World War takes place from 5.30pm on Tuesday 21st October 2014. For more information or to book your place, contact the University of Lincoln’s Events team via  or call 01522 837100.

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