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Tank Lectures 

 14 June 2014

On the 14th June, Friends of the Lincoln Tank teamed up with the Lincoln branch of the Western Front Association to mark the centenary of the Great War in style. The two groups came together at Bishop Grosseteste University for a full day of lectures. The speakers were the well known TV personality and archaeologist Steven Roberts MA, our own Chairman, Richard Pullen MA and lastly, the world renowned expert on all things to do with tanks, David Fletcher MBE. 

Steven started the symposium by telling us all about a fascinating project called the 24 hour Trench, where volunteers were sent to live the life of a WW1 soldier in a replica trench for 24hrs. The project threw up some fascinating questions such as, how do you keep warm at 1 o’clock in the morning in a trench in the middle of January? How do you shave and keep clean when you are only issued 2 pints of water per day and just how do you fry bacon and make toast without letting the Germans know what you are up to? 

Our second speaker was Richard, who told us about the fascinating history of Great War lorries and their use on various fronts. These early lorries and their crews are very rarely given the credit they deserve and Richards lecture helped put their story across, although as he said himself, the subject is huge and he only just scratched the surface. 

Our last speaker for our special day was the master himself, David Fletcher. David has spoken for Friends of the Lincoln Tank several times in the past and every time he comes to Lincoln, we learn something new. The subject of David’s lecture this time was the development and use of the early Mk I tanks. His lecture was informative, but also thought provoking as David pointed out how many gaps there are in our knowledge of these early machines, such as how did they transport Mother to Burton Park and did Robey and Co build tanks in Lincoln?

We were also lucky enough to have a fascinating and unique ‘pop-up museum’ for the day thanks to the wonderful displays of WW1 memorabilia, tank collectables and paintings supplied Friends of the Lincoln Tank and Western Front Association members Robin Wheeldon, Ian Walden, Peter May, Alwyn Killingsworth, Ian Douglas and Richard Pullen. The display included a fleet of large scale radio controlled scratch built models of Mk I and Mk IV tanks and a Medium A ‘Whippet’.

The day was a resounding success and a perfect way to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Great War. Friends of the Lincoln Tank and the Western Front Association would like to thank everyone involved inmaking the day such a success, including the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University, the speakers and everyone who came along to join us for the event. 

On the 14th June, Friends of the Lincoln Tank teamed up with the Lincoln branch of the Western Front Association to mark the centenary of the Great War in style. The two groups came together at Bishop Grosseteste University for a full day of lectures. The speakers were the well known TV personality and archaeologist Steven Roberts MA, our own Chairman, Richard Pullen MA and lastly, the world renowned expert on all things to do with tanks, David Fletcher MBE. 

Steven started the symposium by telling us all about a fascinating project called the 24 hour Trench, where volunteers were sent to live the life of a WW1 soldier in a replica trench for 24hrs. The project threw up some fascinating questions such as, how do you keep warm at 1 o’clock in the morning in a trench in the middle of January? How do you shave and keep clean when you are only issued 2 pints of water per day and just how do you fry bacon and make toast without letting the Germans know what you are up to? 

Our second speaker was Richard, who told us about the fascinating history of Great War lorries and their use on various fronts. These early lorries and their crews are very rarely given the credit they deserve and Richards lecture helped put their story across, although as he said himself, the subject is huge and he only just scratched the surface. 

Our last speaker for our special day was the master himself, David Fletcher. David has spoken for Friends of the Lincoln Tank several times in the past and every time he comes to Lincoln, we learn something new. The subject of David’s lecture this time was the development and use of the early Mk I tanks. His lecture was informative, but also thought provoking as David pointed out how many gaps there are in our knowledge of these early machines, such as how did they transport Mother to Burton Park and did Robey and Co build tanks in Lincoln?

We were also lucky enough to have a fascinating and unique ‘pop-up museum’ for the day thanks to the wonderful displays of WW1 memorabilia, tank collectables and paintings supplied Friends of the Lincoln Tank and Western Front Association members Robin Wheeldon, Ian Walden, Peter May, Alwyn Killingsworth, Ian Douglas and Richard Pullen. The display included a fleet of large scale radio controlled scratch built models of Mk I and Mk IV tanks and a Medium A ‘Whippet’.

The day was a resounding success and a perfect way to mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Great War. Friends of the Lincoln Tank and the Western Front Association would like to thank everyone involved in making the day such a success, including the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University, the speakers and everyone who came along to join us for the event. 


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