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, Innes McCartney and Holger Herwig, 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

Mr 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 caught fire for the often neglected history of the vanished Austro-Hungarian navy. Starting my studies at the University of Klagenfurt (Teacher Training Program History and English, later History BA as well), I finished my BA Thesis on „The Federal Army of the First Austrian Republic 1919-1938.” As my close relation to the Adriatic sea remained, I chose the topic “The Austro-Hungarian Navy under political and economical perspectives 1904-1914” for my diploma thesis of the teacher training program, which is work in progress.

Besides, I am working as a guide at the medieval town of Friesach at a medieval castle construction project reflecting my interest in the Middle Ages. Joining archaeological excavations as well as an interest in art history for me act as way of balancing theory and practice.


Dr. Christian Jentzsch

Dr. Christian JentzschDr. Christian Jentzsch - is Commander of the German Navy and works for the Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and Social Sciences at Potsdam. Dr. Jentzsch has a M.A. from the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg and a PhD 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.

His last post was lecturer for military and naval history at the German Naval Academy at Flensburg-Mürwik. From 2002 to 2008 he flew as a helicopter operations officer at the Naval Air Wing 5 at Kiel. Dr. Jentzsch recently works on the history of the German Navy from 1989 to 1995 – the period of the German reunification and the changes in maritime and national security policies toward international naval missions.


Sebastian Rojek, Germany


Sebastian Rojek - is a research and teaching assistant at the History Department of the University of Stuttgart. He has a M.A. from the University of Cologne (2011) and finished his PhD (“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.



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