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Heritage Event, Sat 17 Nov 2018, £5

Surrender 100 Talks Series

Surrender 100 Talks Series


Town Centre,
CO12 3


Hear from four speakers about a range of topics exploring the centenary of the surrender of the German U-Boat fleet at Harwich in 1918 and what it means today, with a range of speakers and performances by Eastern Angles.

11.30am Welcome
11.40am Food and the Homefront in World War One, by Kathryn Fox from the National Archives
12.10pm Oh What A Lovely (Food) War, by Eastern Angles Theatre Company
1pm Lunch
2pm Wrecks of the Peace, by Eastern Angles Theatre Company, imagined scenes from the surrender.
2.30pm Talk - Living Underwater: The life of a Submariner Today, by Duncan Reed
3pm Talk (30min) The Archaeology of WW1 U-boat Losses and its Impact on the Historical Record, by Innes McCartney
3.30pm Talk (30min) Deadly Trade: U Boats, by Iain Ballentyne (Books available to purchase on the day)
4pm Discussion and Questions with the speakers: Surrender 100 – what does it mean in 2018?


The National Archives: wartime rations and recipes
The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. As guardians of over 1,000 years of government records the collection contains over 11 million documents. Wartime regulations for food control and rationing are just one part of the collection. Whilst they may sound dry they in fact provide a valuable insight into how the state interacted with households through propaganda and promotional material.

Katie Fox is a modern domestic records specialist at The National Archives, specialising in late nineteenth and twentieth century society and the state’s relationships with citizens.

Dr. Innes J. McCartney is a British nautical archaeologist, and historian. He is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Bournemouth University.
McCartney is an award-winning nautical archaeologist who specialises in the discovery of and investigation into twentieth century shipwrecks including the wrecks of the Battle of Jutland and the U-boat wars. He specialises in examining how understandings of the past are revised by the interaction of shipwreck archaeology with the historical record.
In 1989 he became involved in shipwreck archaeology when he learned to dive. One of Britain's first Trimix-certified scuba divers, in 1998 became the first person to have dived on the three great liner wrecks, SS Andrea Doria, RMS Lusitania and HMHS Britannic. In 1999 he discovered the 12-inch-gunned submarine HMS M1 off Start Point in the English Channel. In 2014 McCartney completed his PhD at Bournemouth University entitled "The Maritime Archaeology of a Modern Conflict: Comparing the archaeology of German submarine wrecks to the historical text".[24] It was published by Routledge in December of the same year. It shows the extent to which historical sources relating U-boat losses in UK waters in both world wars differ from the actual distribution of the known and identified wrecks. Over 40% of those investigated had no historical precedent. The accuracy of the historic text fell as low as 36% during 1945. In November he was awarded the Reg Vallintine Achievement Award for Historical Diving. In January 2017 working again with JD-Contractor and the Sea War Museum Jutland, McCartney partook in the most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of the seabed of the Scapa Flow naval anchorages. Aboard the survey ship Vina, the multibeam survey covered 40 square kilometres.[31] The results will be published in 2019. In December he was awarded the Anderson Medal by the Society for Nautical Research.

Iain Ballantyne is the author of several naval history books, his latest being ‘The Deadly Trade: The Complete History of Submarine Warfare from Archimedes to the Present’, published in March 2018 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Previous books include ‘Hunter Killers’ (Orion, 2013) which told the story of British submariners and their exploits during the Cold War. Also Editor of the monthly naval news magazine ‘WARSHIPS IFR’, Iain has during his writing career embarked in numerous warships to report at sea on the activities of the Royal Navy and other fleets. His assignments have taken him from the Arabian Gulf to the Mediterranean and from the South China Sea to the Arctic. In 2017 Iain was awarded a Fellowship by the Maritime Foundation, as a salute to his ‘immense contribution’ to the UK maritime cause.
For more on Iain Ballantyne visit www.iainballantyne.com

Duncan Reed is a retired Marine Engineer (Submariner). After an apprenticeship in boat building at Shotley Marina, he joined the Royal Navy in 2006 and was based in Plymouth for the duration of his naval career. When he wasn’t at sea, he was, and still is, driving steam engines, volunteering at heritage railways and on other historic transport-related adventures. He is now a Test Engineer at Amarinth Ltd where he repairs pumps for use by the Royal Navy. He also holds a Class 1 Driving Licence and Driver’s CPC. You can contact him through the Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary Project.

Tickets £5 Adult, under 21 free (ID required), local residents £2 with code. Tickets through Eastern Angles Box Office online and Harwich Festival outlet at Harwich Library.

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Sat 17 Nov 2018 11:00 to 16:30


Local Residents Discount - email info@nhscic.org for more details
Under21s free

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