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Issued:02/06/16

Sheffield Hallam University is hosting a free study day about the First World War to coincide with the centenary of Lord Kitchener's death.

The study day takes place on Saturday 4 June - the day before the centenary of Lord Kitchener's death and just a few weeks before the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme (Friday 1 July).

Lord Kitchener was made famous when his picture was used in the now iconic recruitment poster for the First World War - alongside the famous slogan: "Your Country Needs You".

The day will include talks from a number of academics from Sheffield Hallam's Humanities Department, including Professor Matthew Stibbe's session about the Sheffielders held in German internment camps during the war, a talk from Professor Bruce Collins about Lord Kitchener and a lecture from Chris Corker entitled 'Sheffield in World War 1'.

The day will finish with a screening of the 1916 documentary, The Battle of the Somme, introduced by Sheffield Hallam's Martin Carter. 

Professor Stibbe said: "The anniversaries of Lord Kitchener's death and the Battle of the Somme represent an important moment in the centenary commemorations of the First World War. 

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"At this study day we will showcase some of the internationally-recognised research completed by historians at Sheffield Hallam on the impact of this conflict at local, national and global levels."

The First World War Study Day is organised by Sheffield Hallam University's Humanities Research Centre, with support from the Gateways to the First World War project, based at the University of Kent and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

For more information - including booking details - visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-world-war-study-day-tickets-22495580888.