Lecturer: Robert Pooley
Join us on June 16, 2019, for a Lecture by world renowned sword maker Robert Pooley. This is a once in a lifetime event! Treat your Dad for fathers day and let him try his hand at Sabering a bottle of Prosecco.
The Pooley Sword, formed in November 2005, has an outstanding reputation for craftsmanship and has been established as the leading supplier of swords to the British Armed Forces, Commonwealth Nations, and Overseas Defence Forces including Canada.
In August 2005, Wilkinson Sword – distinguished sword makers for over 200 years – ceased trading as sword makers. Robert Pooley, who had been commissioning swords from Wilkinson’s for over forty years, purchased from Wilkinson’s their drawings, spares and much of their tooling.
This event is only available for people over the age of 18 and a waiver will need to be signed prior to participating. Waivers will be available at the event. Light refreshments will be available.
Lecturer: James Istvanffy
Join us on June 6, 2019, for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day as we commemorate the day with a lecture by James Istvanffy on the greatest amphibious invasion in history.
The discussion will include the Allied and German preparations leading up to the invasion, the main events of June 6, 1944, and the aftermath of the Allied liberation of western Europe from Nazi occupation.
The term "D-Day Dodgers" was coined by Lady Astor, a generally disliked socialite and Member of Parliament, in reference to the troops fighting in the Italian campaign. Despite the negative ring to the name "D-Day Dodgers", the men fought a long arduous campaign to free Italy, enduring up to twice as many casualties in taking the island of Sicily as those that fell on the beaches of Normandy. Not ones to turn the other cheek when slandered, the D-Day Dodgers responded to Lady Astor's remarks through a song which will be played at the event.
The opening night will feature:
- The Calgary Crescendo Choir
- The Prairie Motor Brigade
- Speaker Presentations
- The King's Own Calgary Regimental Band
Lecturer: Dr. Geoffrey Jackson
When Great Britain and its dominions declared war on Germany in August 1914, they were faced with the formidable challenge of transforming masses of untrained citizen-soldiers at home and abroad into competent, coordinated fighting divisions.
The Empire on the Western Front focuses on the development of two units, Britain’s 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division and the Canadian 4th Division, to show how the British Expeditionary Force rose to this challenge.
Geoffrey Jackson follows their development, from their respective genesis through to the end of the war, and all aspects of the division-building process – from leadership and training to discipline and morale. What influence did the senior leadership and the fighting doctrine that shaped training have on the divisions’ performance in France? How did internal operations and the divisions’ role within the larger corps and armies influence their effectiveness in battle? Did the division-building process differ in Britain and the dominions?
In answering these questions, The Empire on the Western Front examines army formation and operations at the divisional level and ultimately calls into question existing accounts that emphasize the differences between the imperial and dominion armies. This book will appeal to those interested in the development and operations of the dominion armies and the British Expeditionary Force during the Great War.
Thurs 28 Feb 2019: Dark Tourism: Canadian Residential Schools through the European model
Lecturer: Jackie Jansen van Doorn
Dark tourism is not a new concept, although not widely known, in North America. Jackie Jansen van Doorn looked extensively at dark tourism sites throughout Europe with a primary focus on Holocaust sites. She explored how these models could be best applied to residential schools.
Through graduate work at the University of York, United Kingdom, she developed the proposition that the techniques of dark tourism could enable, Canadians to further their knowledge about the atrocities of residential schools and thereby create a more sustainable stride for reconciliation.