“First World War – Does Britain Romanticise Its Military Past?”

The New Statesman will be joining in partnership with the Royal British Legion to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

Does Britain Romanticise Its Military Past?

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and Britain is gearing up for a festival commemorating the country’s contribution. At the same time questions are being asked about whether Britain needed to be involved in the war and whether this is something to be celebrated.

*Confirmed panellists:


Alastair Stewart, journalist and ITV newscaster 

Christina Lambforeign correspondent

Simon Heffer, columnist and author

Emma MawdsleyNational Army Museum

Richard Overyleading WWI historian

Max Arthur, Author of Forgotten Voices of the First World War and Historian



 Adults £15; concessions £12 (excluding booking fee and VAT)

**A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Royal British Legion, providing help and welfare to the serving and ex-service community and their families


Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

Date and times:

10 November. Doors will open from 7pm; the discussion is from 7.45pm-9.15pm. There will be a cash bar available before and after the debate.

*Please note – speakers may be subject to change.