Dr Martin Parsons, speaker at the Cumberland Conversation, 'Children at War'

Registrations are now open for the latest in our Cumberland Conversations series, with the wartime evacuation expert, Professor Martin Parsons.

Martin will be joining us on Monday 24 April for a public conversation with our Principal, Canon Dr Edmund Newell, on the impacts of war on children caught up in conflict around the world.

Entry to the Cumberland Conversation is free of charge but advanced booking is essential as admission is by guest list only. Everyone is welcome.

Doors will open at 5.40pm for teas and coffees in The Mews Conference Centre, and the Conversation will start at 6pm. This will be followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience and a drinks reception.

About the speaker

Martin is a Research Fellow and Honorary Life Fellow at the University of Reading, where he previously led the Research Centre for Evacuee and War Child Studies. He was also a lecturer at the University of Lodz in Poland and edited the journal, Children At War.

He is widely considered, by both historians and psychologists, to be the world expert on evacuation in wartime Britain. In Germany, Professor Michael Ermann at the University of Munich referred to his international work as "groundbreaking" and his books as the "definitive treatises on the subject of war children across Europe". 

Martin's work has taken him all over the world and his publications include I'll Take That One Too: Evacuees, The Invisible Generation (2014), which along with the original edition, I’ll Take That One (1998) is widely regarded as the definitive history of wartime evacuation in the UK. His earlier book, War Child: Children in Conflict (2008), examined the plight of children in war zones around the world since the 1930s. His other titles include Waiting to Go Home, Evacuation: The True Story, Manchester Evacuation: The Exception to the Rule, and a series of four books for schoolchildren.

He has contributed to numerous television programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and he co-wrote a BBC Radio 4 series The Evacuation: The True Story, which won a Sony Gold Award.

Book now

For free tickets, please call Emma Albery on 01784 497790 or Deborah West on 01784 497785. Alternatively, please email friends@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk or click on 'Register Now' to book online.

Advanced registration is required because places are limited.

There is ample free parking on site.

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