The next GWAA conference will be in London, at the Africa Centre in Southwark, on Saturday 18 November 2023, 10am-3.30pm.
The fee for attending is £32.00 to cover costs, which includes refreshments and a light lunch.
To book your place, you can make a payment to paypal.me/GWAA (or email me for other means of registering/paying).
Draft programme for GWAA conference:
10.00 – doors open
10.30 – start
11.00 – Robert Coyle: Researching the African Carriers of WW1 – Recent experiences of a Master’s student at Cambridge University
11.30 – George Hay: discusses archives and findings related to the CWGC Non-Commemoration project
12.00 – tbc Anna Rindfleisch: Memorials to the War Dead: How Institutions and Individuals Altered Scripts of Mourning and Enacted them within and outside of their established Communities of Mourning
12.30 – Tayo Agunbiade: Researching the role of Nigerian women in the First World War
1.00 – Lunch
2.15 – tbc Charlotte Wood: The National Natural History Museum, Arusha, and its coverage of the First World War
2.45 – Jeffrey Schultz: Supporting the Kaiser’s Askaris: Adaptation and Improvisation in the East African ‘Ice Cream War,’ 1914-1918
3.15 – concluding comments
3.30 – end
The University of Nairobi has some Colonial Office documents available online covering the war period: http://erepository.uonbi.ac.ke/discover. Search on German East Africa
CWGC has started a ‘For Evermore: Stories of the Fallen‘ website. They’re asking people to contribute to World War 1 and 2 stories of individuals on their database.
In Africa, CWGC has announced the first stage of a partnership with Malawi: the memorial in Zomba is to be the official CWGC memorial for WW1 soldiers.
The 7th East African Remembrance Weekend, taking place on Friday, November 24th, and Saturday, November 25th, 2023.
**Friday, November 24th:**
– 16:30: Remembrance Service for the African Soldiers & Carriers (The African Memorial, Mwashoti)
– 18:00: The Last Post & Drinks in front of Taita Hills Lodge
**Saturday, November 25th:**
– 09:00: Remembrance Service for the Indian Soldiers (Maktau Indian Cemetery, Maktau)
– 11:30: Remembrance Service for all Casualties of the Campaign (Taveta War Cemetery)
– 13:00: Lunch at Grogan’s Castle (bookings essential through Guerillas of Tsavo)
During the weekend, you will have the opportunity to explore two new attractions in the region, both connected to the East African Campaign:
1. Indian Memorial: Visit to the new Indian Memorial, a project that is still in the process of completion. The ground-breaking ceremony for this memorial was held in November 2022. The Indian Memorial promises to be a significant symbol of remembrance, reflecting the deep historical ties between India and Kenya.
2. Maktau Railway Museum: Immerse yourself in history at the newly opened Maktau Railway Museum. The museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the role of World War I in shaping the railway infrastructure of the region. Entrance fees will be applicable.
For more info, contact Tom Lawrence