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Event: The Science of Flight, June 7th, 6:30pm

A free evening event of talks focusing on the history and future of flight and the Royal Air Force. Part of the Glasgow Science Festival 2018 and the Wings to War Exhibition. Register for Tickets on Evenbright.

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Glasgow Science Festival: The Science of Flight

Date: 7 June 2018
Time: 18.00-20.30
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, 3 Kelvin Way, Glasgow

Discover Glasgow’s contributions to aeronautics over the last century, since University of Glasgow alumnus Sir David Henderson founded the RAF in 1918. How have science, medicine and engineering evolved? How did pilots deal with the physiological and psychological effects of flying then and now? And what does the future hold?

An interdisciplinary panel from the University of Glasgow will comment on the past, present and future of military aviation from a distinctly Glaswegian perspective.

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Visit the Wings to War Exhibition in the University Chapel commemorating a century of flight at Glasgow

18.00 Drinks will be served to celebrate the wonderful range of Festival events starting at the University of Glasgow. A pop up exhibition from the University Archive will feature stories of pioneering Glasgow women in military aviation.

18.30 Welcome/Glasgow and the origins of the Royal Air Force –  Tony Pollard, Professor of Conflict History & Archaeology (School of Humanities)

18.50 From Campus to the Clouds: Glasgow University and the Royal Air Force – Jesper Ericsson, Curator of the Wings to War Exhibition in the University of Glasgow Chapel (The Hunterian)

19.05 Flight and the Human Body and Mind – Dr Beverly Bergman, Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)

19.20 The Evolution and Future of Military Aviation – George Barakos, Professor of Aerospace Sciences (School of Engineering)

19.35 The RAF and Glasgow beyond 2020 – Flight Lt Doug Galletly, Commanding Officer 4 Air Experience Flight

Talks Followed by a Q&A.

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Sir Charles Wilson Building, once the Hillhead Congregational Church, 3 Kelvin Way, Glasgow.

 

Tickets for this event are available here.

For more events and exhibitions relating to the Glasgow Science Festival 2018, 7th-17th of June, see here.

 

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Commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago today.

Today at 2.15pm is the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania: the largest, fastest and most luxurious ship of her generation.

The RMS Lusitania (DC 101/379)

The RMS Lusitania (DC 101/379)

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O.H. MAVOR DID THIS!

by Stacey Clapperton, PhD Candidate in History of Art, University of Glasgow

A British soldier, who may have spent endless months fighting in the trenches on the Western Front, finds himself in an army hospital with undisclosed injuries. We don’t know how long he has been lying in his hospital bed. We don’t know the last time he enjoyed the comforts of home. We learn, from the author of this scene that the soldier in question, Private Swish, has had his dug out blown in and is awakening from “dreams of beautiful nursing sisters and blue jacketed bliss”. Now this may not seem like a particularly humorous moment for this or any soldier, but in the expertise of a cartoonist armed with subtle humor, the scene transforms. Private Swish awakens to a barked command of “DRINK THIS” by an unsympathetic, sullen and knackered looking hospital orderly who looks like he’s about to force the patient to shift over, so he himself can have a lie down. This scene composed of a simple ink and wash drawing with white highlights, measuring a modest 29.1 x 22.7 cm, was created by Osborne Henry Mavor in 1916.

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The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery Reference: GLAHA 43148

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Curating the war

by Michael O’Brien, MSc Museum Studies postgraduate student

Of the many tasks that were presented to me on my Museum Studies MSc placement with the Great War Project, I believe the artefact selection and curation was possibly the most challenging. In this post I will discuss these challenges and the subsequent conclusions that led to the curation of artefacts in the exhibition, Glasgow University’s Great War: the University Officers Training Corps.

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Michael O’Brien in the University of Glasgow memorial chapel

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4 August Commemorations in Glasgow

On Monday, 4 August the UK commemorated the centenary of its entry into the First World War. With the close of the Commonwealth Games just a day before, Glasgow became the locus of Commonwealth centenary commemoration. Following a memorial service in Glasgow Cathedral, officials, members of the armed forces, and dignitaries from around the Commonwealth attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the city’s cenotaph in George Square and a reception in City Chambers.

 

Our bird's-eye view of the wreath laying from City Chambers

Our bird’s-eye view of the wreath laying from City Chambers

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