Dr Heather Jones to visit Warminster

The History Department is delighted that Dr Heather Jones, Associate Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, has agreed to give the inaugural Thomas Arnold Lecture at the School on Monday 3rd November 2014. This lecture series is named after Thomas Arnold, a pupil of Warminster School in the nineteenth century, who went on to become Headmaster of Rugby School, where he instituted a number of educational reforms which were later adopted by other public schools.

This year, the Thomas Arnold Lecture is one of a series of events at Warminster School to commemorate the beginning of the First World War. We are delighted that Dr Jones has agreed to speak. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she was a foundation scholar and a Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and St John’s College, Cambridge. Dr Jones has held a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne.

Dr Jones has published over 25 scholarly articles and chapters in edited volumes on the First World War, and has appeared frequently on TV and radio. Her monograph, Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War: Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, with a paperback edition published in 2013. She is an advisor to the Lives of the First World War Project at the Imperial War Museum, and she is currently working on a new monograph on the propaganda representation of the economic blockade of Germany during the First World War.

The title of her lecture will be ‘Industrial war and captivity: prisoners of war in the First World War’ *. It will take place at 7.00pm on Monday 3rd November 2014, in the Thomas Arnold Hall at Warminster School. The lecture will be followed by an opportunity to ask Dr Jones questions about her research.

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential in order to secure a place. Please contact Mrs Jenni Blair, the Headmaster’s PA, on [email protected] or 01985 210101 if you wish to attend. Given the likely level of demand for places, we would encourage an early reply, as we will have to operate on a first come, first served basis.

* The subject matter may not be suitable for some younger children.