Events

Joe Boyle’s Adventures in the
Russian Revolution
Wednesday 11th October 2017
1.00pm - 2:00pm
Lecture Theatre at the
Ulster Museum
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This is the centenary of the Russian Revolution, when the Tsar was overthrown by Kerensky in February 1917 and Kerensky was overthrown in turn by Lenin in October. The world was turned upside down, and a key player in these events - a man who, unlikely as that might seem, helped both Kerensky and Lenin - was Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Boyle. Joe Boyle’s parents emigrated from Armagh to Canada, but Joe himself returned to Ulster once his war was over. He arrived in Russia with the Canadian Army as a railway specialist, and, as Kerensky prepared for his ill-fated June offensive, Boyle struggled to make Russia’s trains run on time. Then, once the Bolsheviks had seized power, Boyle joined a small group of Allied officers whose mission was to ensure that military action continued on the eastern front, even after Lenin had signed a separate peace treaty with Germany. In an increasingly chaotic international situation, Boyle found himself, in early spring 1918, trying to keep both Russia and Romania in the war by resolving the bitter dispute between those two countries over the future of what today is Moldova. To this end, he personally took command of Romania’s state gold reserve, and ended up flying a biplane backwards and forwards between Russia and Romania as he negotiated the text of the Treaty of Odessa. All this drama proved futile, however. Despite Boyle’s efforts both Romania and Russia agreed peace terms with Germany.

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Council for British Archaeology and
Living Legacies First World War Workshop
Saturday 21st October 2017
10.00 - 17:30
St James' Priory
1 Whitson Street
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Join the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team working with Living Legacies for a community workshop at St James Priory, Bristol and learn how to research, record and get funding for your own First World War project.

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Their Spirits’ Shadow: Poetry
of the Great War.
Wednesday 8th November 2017
1.00pm - 2:00pm
Lecture Theatre at the
Ulster Museum
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In each of Longley’s eleven poetry collections he has written about the Great War and, in particular, his father’s experience of it as a boy-soldier. He will be reading and talking about those poems as well as work by some of the combatants.

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The Yanks Are Coming! How the
AEF prepared for war in 1917/1918
Thursday 9th November 2017
1.00pm - 2:00pm
Lecture Theatre at the Ulster Museum
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In April 1917 the USA faced the same problems as the British Empire had in 1914. A small, professional army had to expand rapidly to meet the demands of mass, industrialised warfare. In training the citizen’s army, two divergent approaches to battle developed. How that issue resolved itself on the battlefield will be explored in this talk.

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