A British patriotic postcard captioned 'Victory in sight', The Army Children Archive, reproduced under a Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) layered over photograph of amassed German prisoners, France, World War One, National Library of Scotland, reproduced under a Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode).

1918 - 2018: An International Conference

'The End of the War & the Reshaping of a Century'

D‌‌ate: 6 to 8 September 2018‌‌‌


The conference will take place in the Millennium City Building, City Campus, University of Wolverhampton.

The registration desk will be on the ground floor, outside lecture theatre MC001. All keynote lectures, and some panel sessions, will take place in lecture theatre MC001. All other panel sessions will take place in seminar rooms on the 4th Floor of the MC Building, room numbers MC418, MC419 and MC437. The building is fully accessible; fourth floor is accessible via lifts.

Maps and directions are available here.

‌Speakers and their topics

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Keynote speakers:

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds), ‘Women as Veterans of the First World War in France & Britain'

Professor Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford), ‘The Legacy of the First World War in Asia’

Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin), ‘When Did The First World War Actually End?’

Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton), ‘The Place of 1918 in Military History’

Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St. Andrews), ‘How the War Shaped Understanding of Strategy in the Twentieth Century’

Professor Laura Ugolini (University of Wolverhampton), ‘What next? British men and masculinities after the war'

Professor Jay Winter (Yale University), ‘War and Revolution, 1918'


Logos of Helion & Company, Battle Honours Logo,the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s First World War Public Engagement Centres and the Royal Historical Society.This international conference will be hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with the Western Front Association and the FWW Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers. It is further supported and sponsored by: the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s First World War Public Engagement Centres; Helion & Company; Battle Honours and the Royal Historical Society.

The event will spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significances, consequences, and legacy of this watershed year.

It brings international perspectives and encompasses a wide range of historical approaches as well as cross-disciplinary insights. To do so it will include seven keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and its aftermath, along with over sixty speakers in themed panel sessions. It will also include a roundtable discussion based on the theme of: ‘A Hundred Years of Teaching, Learning & Understanding the First World War: Where are we now?’

The event has been developed collaboratively with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and events.

View the programme:  1918-2018 Conference Final Programme (PDF).

Organising Committee

The conference is organised by the following members of the CHR in conjunction with the WFA: Professor Stephen Badsey, Professor John Buckley, Dr Simon Constantine, Dr Spencer Jones, Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor Laura Ugolini and Dr Oliver Wilkinson.

Who to contact for more information

For all enquiries please contact Dr Oliver Wilkinson - email to O.Wilkinson@wlv.ac.uk

You can keep up to date with the latest event news on these webpages and by following us on twitter @1918to2018

Follow conference tweets during the event using #WW1wolves2018

Conference fees and how to book

Conference Booking has now closed

Conference dinner(s)

Optional conference evening meals will be held on Thursday 6th September 2018 (at Novotel Wolverhampton) and on Friday 7th September 2018 (in the Chancellor’s Hall, University of Wolverhampton). The latter will be a three-course dinner to include an after-dinner keynote address by Professor Gary Sheffield (please see programme for details).

There is no dress code for the conference dinners.

The conference dinners are not included in the conference fee; pre-booking for the evening meals is essential.

Booking for the evening meals has now closed.


Delegates requiring overnight accommodation during the conference must make their own arrangements. Regrettably no university accommodation is available.

We are using Novotel Wolverhampton as the hotel of preference for the event.

Delegates are under no obligation to use Novotel and there are a wide range of accommodation options across the city.

Other options include:

Redwings Lodge, Wolverhampton 

Premier Inn, Wolverhampton City Centre

Photo credit: A British patriotic postcard captioned 'Victory in sight', The Army Children Archive, reproduced under a Creative Commons License layered over photograph of amassed German prisoners, France, World War One, National Library of Scotland, reproduced under a Creative Commons License.

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