City Hall Lunch-time Lectures

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Islandbridge Memorial GardensTuesdays in April (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) at Council Chamber City Hall, Dame Street

City Hall Lunch-time Lectures: Remembrance & Commemoration: The First World War. The First World War was at that date the most devastating conflict in world history – never before had so many people been slaughtered and so many countries been involved.  The commemoration of this tragic event required careful consideration.  This series looks at commemoration in Belgium, Germany, Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State as they explored the legacy of a cruel war and tried to give a voice to the young men who had been killed or survived.

All welcome. Come early to get a seat; doors open 12.30p.m. Bring your own headphones for enhanced sound
Admission free: Maximum number 130 persons

04 April 2017 at 1.10pm Ireland and the Great War in Belgium. Lecture by Piet Chielens

11 April at 1.10pm ‘Enough People have died: No one else should be killed in battle!’ How Kathe Kollwitz became a pacifist during World War I. Lecture by Dr Alexandra von dem Knesebeck.
This lecture will be chaired by His Excellency Philippe Roland, Ambassador of Belgium to Ireland.

18 April at 1.10pm The Somme Association –The legacy of Ireland’s role in the First World War. Lecture by Carole Walker

25 April at 1.10pm Islandbridge - People, Places, Pictures. Lecture by Patrick Hugh Lynch

No booking required, but come early to ensure a place.


Piet Chielens
was born and lived for the first fifty years of his life in Reningelst, in West-Flanders (Belgium), in the back-area of the infamous Ypres Salient, one of the major battlefields on the Western Front of the First World War. In his home village he grew up with the stories and cemeteries of the Great War. Since 1996 he is co-director of the award winning In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, where he is director of exhibitions and public programming. From 1992 to 2007 he was also artistic director of Peace Concerts Passchendaele. He published and collaborated on numerous publications of both institutes.

Dr Alexandra von dem Knesebeck
studied history of art and history at Göttingen and Munich. After her thesis on the formative years of Kaethe Kollwitz she wrote the catalogue raisonné on the prints of Kollwitz. She works as a self employed person for museums like the Kollwitz Museum in Cologne (curator of the exhibition "Paris enchanted me": Kollwitz and the French modernity, 2010).  Knesebeck is one of the best known Kollwitz specialists in the world. Now she is preparing the catalogue raisonné on the drawings of Christian Schad, one of the most famous artists of the New Objectivity movement.   This lecture is supported by the Goethe Institut, Dublin and will be chaired by its Director, Thomas Lier.

Goethe Institut

Carol Walker
Carol’s love of history led her to the Somme Association over 23 years ago and she is its longest serving member of staff.  As the Director she is responsible for the overall running of the Somme Association, the Somme Museum, the Ulster Memorial Tower and Thiepval Wood as well as Craigavon House former home of Sir James Craig the First Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. Her role also involves promoting the work of the Museum through lectures, presentation and the media. Carol sits on many Boards & committees such as the Northern Ireland (NI) Museum Council, NI WW1 Committee, and NI War Memorial Building Committee.

Patrick Hugh Lynch
Patrick obtained his Masters by Research Degree in 2009 from the College of Human Sciences, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental policy, University College Dublin. The subject of his Masters thesis was the Irish Sailors and Soldiers Land Trust, who built houses for the returnees. He has done considerable research into history of the Royal British Legion in the Irish Republic, provision of welfare service for veterans, and circumstances of returning World War 1 ex-servicemen during the early days of the Irish Free State.  He has mentored MA and PhD Students in Ireland and England through lectures and video conferencing.

Series curated by Mary Clark, Ellen Murphy & Tara Doyle.
Organized by Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street Dublin 2
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