GWA Conference – deadline for booking 26 April

Attached is the draft programme for the Great War Africa Conference on 3-4 May.
(A copy is also displayed below – to see page 2, hover your mouse at the bottom of the document and various options will appear, including print)
If you are intending to join us for one or both days, please complete and submit your registration form by 26 April (to assist with catering).

The cost of attending both days of the conference is £70, one day is £35. Details of how to pay are on the Registration form.

There will be a conference dinner on the evening of 3 May at Don Fernando’s in Richmond (next to the station). If you are interested in attending that, please let us know when you submit your registration form.

Finally, there will be some books on sale at the conference – all World War 1 related. A list of what will be available will be posted in due course.

We hope to see you in May.


April 2016 including Conference update

Thanks to Ed Yorke for bringing to our attention the special WW1 edition of British Journal for Military History vol 2, No 2 (2015). It contains an article by him on Northern Rhodesia.

On Call in Africa in War and Peace 1910-1932 by Norman Parsons Jewell is finally available – it’s had good reviews by Ann Crichton-Harris and James Willson amongst others whilst Ed Paice wrote the foreword. I’m naturally biased in the book’s favour as I was involved in compiling Part 2 and putting WW1 events in context. It is a very rich source on medical aspects of WW1 Africa especially as Norman was in charge of 3 East Africa Field Force. Tony Jewell will be presenting a paper on the book at the GWAA Conference in May and copies of the book will be on sale.

Alex Calvo has written a blog covering WW1 through tweets – GWAA and James Willson’s Guerrillas of Tsavo are mentioned.

Harry Fecitt has a new article on The Soldier’s Burden. It’s on The Mounted Infantry Company

The 1914-1918 encylcopedia currently has 159 papers on the First World War in Africa by various contributors, some of whom are GWAA members. I’ll look to do an overview of these in due course.

Updates to the Site
Two new Calls for Papers have been posted – see the Forum for details.

Conference Update
We’re still waiting for confirmation from 6 speakers which will hopefully come through asap. A draft programme will follow in the next week or so, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share the details of those which have been confirmed.
Hope to have you join us for an exciting two days. To register, please complete the GWA Registration 2016 form.
There will also be various books on sale. A list of these will be made available before the conference too.

Confirmed speakers
Tuesday 3 May

1. Miguel Freire – South Angola (1914-15): two expeditions, two enemies, one painful campaign
2. Ana Paula Pires, Antonio Duarte, Bruno Reis – The Portuguese Empire in Africa and the First World War
3. Tony Jewell – ‘On Call in Africa – in War and Peace 1910-1932′
4. Brad Faught – The writer, her brother and the general in wartime British East Africa: Karen Blixen, Thomas Dinesen and Paul von Lettow Vorbeck
5. James Hagerty – Padres, Missionaries and the Military: the war diary of the Senior Catholic chaplains in East Africa, 1914-1919
6. Nigel Davies – ‘Forgotten Citizens and Servicemen: The West African Contribution to the First World War’
7. Lanver Mak – Diversity in Adversity: The British in Egypt during the First World War
8. Kris Quanten – The First World War in German East Africa and the forgotten role of the Belgian Colonial Force Publique (1916-1917)

Wednesday 4 May
1. Gavan Duffy – Combatants, Prisoners or Settlers?: South African polices towards the Germans of Namibia, 1914-1918
2. Neil Parsons – South African Film Production during and related to the Great War
3. George Njung – ‘Death by the bayonet’: The brutal impact of the Cameroon campaign of the Great War on women, children and other civilian populations
4. David Boyd – Bridging the Gap (Northern Tanganyika)
5. Celia Reis – Germans and British in St Vincent, Cape Verde
6. Dan Guilfoyle – War diaries and beyond – researching the Great War in Africa at The National Archives

March 2016 Update and Copyright

Updates to site
The African Archive Guide now includes Namibia, thanks to James Stejskal
The Membership list has been updated to reflect new members.

Discussion Forum postings – Martin Plaut responded to the posting on Boers serving.

Conference Update
There has been a fantastic international response to the Great War in Africa Conference to be held in May. Thanks to all who submitted papers. All African theatres are covered, with biographies, film, novels and social aspects being covered. There will also be displays of other aspects of the war – so if you want to submit a poster or display article, please get in touch. Books will also be on sale – including at least 2 new titles. Please get in touch if you want to promote your book at the conference.
Finally, don’t forget to book your place.

Legislation was passed in September 2015 which affects copyright and intellectual property rights of authors and photographers. I thought it worthwhile sharing the main points.

If you are the owner of original manuscripts, diaries, images and photos of people involved in WW1, it does not mean you own the copyright. The copyright rests with the person who created the item. If you want to reproduce the item, permission from the person who created the item, or their heir, needs to be obtained. This can involve some searching. Where the copyright holder cannot be found, the item is referred to as an orphan work. There is a checklist to confirm orphan status, and further detail can be found here.

On the positive side, fair usage of copyright material has been extended for education purposes. Details can be found here.

Specific copyright periods likely to affect World War 1 materials.

For computer generated work, copyright lasts for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was created.
Crown copyright (British Government produced documents, published and unpublished) – best to check The National Archive guidance
Parliamentary copyright – 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made

Now for the crunch on works of unknown authorship: for unpublished works which were created before 1989, copyright remains in place until 31 December 2039.
When a work is published, or the author/creator is identified, copyright reverts to the life plus 70 years from the end of the year in which the person died.

Works created for an employer belong to the employer and their permission needs to be obtained for publication purposes; for military and admiralty reports the employer is the Crown.

The above applies to British legislation and documents produced in Britain. Documents produced in other countries and by citizens of other countries are governed by the laws pertaining to those countries, so should be checked. The UK law is now in alignment with EU directives as set out in this guidance.