Remembering Passchendaele - Symposium
In October 1917 New Zealand suffered one of its greatest tragedies in the farmlands of Belgium. The Battle of Passchendaele marked the greatest loss of life for New Zealand in any military engagement.
On the historic 100th anniversary of this battle, join us in our auditorium for this free symposium to hear from academic Steven Loveridge, and Charlotte Descamps, founding member of the Passchendaele Society 1917.
Steven Loveridge works from the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and has studied numerous aspects of the war years 1914–18. His work has been published in various scholarly journals, anthologies and in the international encyclopaedia 1914–1918 Online. His first book Calls to Arms (VUP, 2014) examined the social and cultural dynamics of New Zealand’s wartime commitment.
Recently, he was the editor and a contributor for New Zealand Society at War, 1914–1918 (VUP, 2016), an edited collection featuring essays by leading scholars on how elements of New Zealand society experienced and responded to the war.
Born in Poperinge, Belgium, in 1958, Charlotte Descamps has lived most of her life on the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. Charlotte ran tours of the WWI battlefields of Passchendaele and the surrounding areas, and worked as a guide in the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 for many years. In 1998, she started the Varlet Farm Bed & Breakfast operation specialising in hosting guests with an interest in the First World War.
She is a founding member of the Passchendaele Society 1917 and since 2011 has travelled the world as a professional speaker on the First World War, and particularly the many ways it still resonates today.
Passchendaele 100 Commemorations are held in partnership with the Passchendaele Society.