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Jutland conference


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In 1916, the Battle of Jutland was fought over 36 hours from 31st May to 1st June.  Both sides claimed victory in what was considered the defining naval battle of the First World War.  Yet even today, the results and aftermath of the battle are still being debated.

Who really won the battle? Did the battle really determine the outcome of the war? What was the social impact of the battle on Britain and Germany? What is the cultural legacy of the battle?

These questions have since divided opinions on both sides.

Now, an Anglo-German Conference of leading historians and archaeologists explore the legacy and wider impact of the battle. 

What lessons were learned by Germany and Britain from the battle?  What was the response at home in Britain and Germany to the battle?  Was Jutland really the only defining naval battle of the war?  What clues can be revealed about the battle from maritime archaeology? 

These are the kinds of questions that will be explored at our first ever three-day Conference at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which opens on Wednesday 31st May through Friday 2nd June, on the 101st anniversary of the battle. 

You can be a part of the debate and learn more about the legacy of Jutland, and why it still matters today.

Each day will be packed with interesting lectures and presentations by international speakers, including Andrew Gordon and Innes McCartney, examining subjects as diverse as the wrecks of Jutland, unrestricted submarine warfare, commemoration and theatrical responses. The event also includes a special screening of Die versunkene Flotte, a silent German feature film abut the battle made in 1926, and drink receptions each evening.

Tickets are available up to the day of the conference but book early, because this will be popular.  Individual day tickets available.


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The Jutland Conference: Featured Speakers


Stephen Fisher, Maritime Archaeology Trust




Stephen Fisher - A maritime researcher, until recently leading the historical research for the Maritime Archaeology Trust's Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project. Stephen oversaw the research of 1,100 ships lost along the south coast of England between 1914 and 1918, and trained volunteers to use facilities such as The National Archives. At present he is researching the role of Coastal Forces in the Second World War.

Since returning to the UK after a number of years in Japan, Stephen has made history his profession. He took part in the Stonehenge Riverside Project and has thoroughly researched the Second World War history of the New Forest National Park. His maritime work includes surveys and catalogues of surviving D-Day infrastructure on England's south coast. In 2016, he, and his colleague Dr. Julian Whitewright, identified two long forgotten First World War German destroyers, still visible in Portsmouth Harbour.



Richard Pogatschnigg, Austria





Richard Pogatschnigg - When doing research for a project for my A-levels, I was inspired by the often neglected history of the vanished Austro-Hungarian navy. I started my studies at the University of Klagenfurt, teacher training program in History and English and continued my education by reading for a BA in History. I concluded my BA Thesis on "The Federal Army of the First Austrian Republic 1919-1938.” My connection to the Adriatic sea has continued through my studies and I decided to research “The Austro-Hungarian Navy under political and economical perspectives 1904-1914” for my diploma thesis for the teacher training program. I am currently pursuing this activity.



Dr. Christian Jentzsch


Dr. Christian Jentzsch

Dr. Christian Jentzsch - is a Commander in the German Navy and works for the Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and Social Sciences at Potsdam. Dr. Jentzsch has an M.A. from the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg and a Ph.D. from the University of Potsdam. He worked on the history of the British and German Executive Officer Corps from 1871 – 1914 and on German surface operations of the Imperial German Navy during the First World War.






Dr. Antony Firth, Marine Archaeologist and Director of Fjordr Ltd

Dr. Holger H. Herwig

Dr. Antony Firth - Antony has a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex, an MSc in Sea-Use Law, Economics and Policy-Making from LSE, and a PhD in the management of archaeology underwater from the University of Southampton. Antony first became involved in marine archaeology as a volunteer diver in the 1980s, subsequently engaging in a wide range of projects relating to site protection, investigation, research and public education. Further details at Fjodr Ltd.






Sebastian Rojek, Germany






Sebastian Rojek - is a research and teaching assistant at the History Department of the University of Stuttgart. He has an M.A. from the University of Cologne (2011) and finished his Ph.D. (“Sunken Hopes. The German Navy dealing with Expectations and Disappointments 1871-1930”) at the University of Munich (2016).

His research areas are German naval history, history of crime and cultural history. He is interested in the history of concepts, cultural history and the history of experience.



Dr. Stephan Huck, Director of the German Naval Museum






Dr. Stephan Huck - Curated several exhibitions including "Skagerrak. Seeschlacht ohne Sieger – Jutland. The Unfinished Battle". Formerly a Research Associate at the Research Institute for Military History of the Armed Forces, Potsdam, he has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Potsdam, Germany and is Editor of the “Small Series in Naval and Military History” Stephan has seen active service in the German Armed Forces.



David Morris, Aircraft Curator, Fleet Air Arm Museum





David Morris - Joined the Fleet Air Arm Museum as a junior engineering assistant in 1981. Completing a full five-year engineering apprenticeship at the museum, along with numerous conservation skills courses, he now heads the Museum’s Aircraft Conservation Department as the Curator of Aircraft. Over the years David has altered the course of the Museum’s approach to aircraft conservation and led the groundbreaking restoration project on Corsair KD431 in the year 2000. Author of the book Corsair KD431 and keen to promote the importance behind studying and preserving the original condition and details on all museum objects. David continues to work closely with the School of Conservation Science at Bournemouth University.



Nick Hewitt, Head of Heritage Development at The National Museum of the Royal Navy





Nick Hewitt - Head of Heritage Development at The National Museum of the Royal Navy. Naval Historian and co-presenter, with Dan Snow and Dr. Shini Somara, on the BBC’s “The Navy’s Bloodiest Day” an hour-long documentary that goes to the heart of the battle.



Prof. Dr. jur. Dr. h.c. mult. Bernd Schünemann





Prof. Dr. jur. Dr. h.c. mult. Bernd Schünemann - A Professor of Law (now retired) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität zu München, and the Chief Executive Director of the Institute of Lawyers’ Law. Furthermore, he is an Ordinary Member of the Academy of Sciences of Bavaria. He has published numerous articles and several books about his specialities, and has been honored many times by foreign universities awarding to him the honorary doctor degree (Dr. h.c.). Hence his professional life is far from marine history and thus from the topic of the conference ‘Jutland Legacy‘. His relevant knowledge is just based on self-studies of mainly the German literature (just to mention von Hase’s description of the battle) and of several important works like Andrew Gordon’s ‘The Rules of the Game’ or Geoffrey Bennet’s ’The Battle of Jutland’.

Bernd’s coauthor of the conference paper is his elder brother Klaus who is a Professor of Electrical Engineering (retired) with speciality Remote Sensing, i.e. mainly research and development of Radar systems and components. So there is still a loose connection to sea war and general marine affairs which has grown until becoming his hobby. Part of this development was also due to C.S. Forester’s series of exciting books on Captain Horatio Hornblower.



Dr Helen Brooks

Dr Helen Brooks is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent and she teaches in the Schools of Arts and History. Brooks is a cultural historian who specialises in theatre during the Great War, having previously worked and published on eighteenth-century theatre. She is PI on the ‘Recovering First World War Theatre’ project and a Co-I on ‘Gateways to the First World War’, a centre for public engagement with the Great War centenary, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


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