The Royal Belfast Academical Institution, in partnership with the Belfast Old Instonians Association, are delighted to be hosting a talk ‘Reflections on the Somme’ on Tuesday 22nd March, 6.30-8.00pm, in the Christ Church Library, RBAI.
With the forthcoming Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the talk will aim to tell the story and dispel some of the myths that surround this important time in the history of the island of Ireland.
‘Reflections of the Somme’ will include film, photographs, and rare interviews with the veterans of the 36th (Ulster) Division. Amongst the areas that the talk will cover are:
- The build up to World War1 from an Irish perspective including the Home Rule crisis andthe real possibility of Civil War.
- The role of the Ulster Volunteers and Irish Volunteers, opposing forces in Ireland now fighting side by side in the British Army.
- John Redmond's dashed hope of reconciliation in Ireland after the War.
- The Battle of the Somme particularly the experiences of the 36th.
- The memories and testimonies of individuals who took part and the relationship between the two Divisions.
- The lasting impact on Ulster and Irish politics.
The talk will be presented by David Scott, a former pupil of Inst (1959-1965). David has guided a number of groups to the WW1 Battlefields on behalf of the Somme Museum. His interests are in Irish politics and military history, which he has been able to pursue since his retirement. He has presented his talk to museums, historical societies and cross community groups. RBAI and the BOIA are delighted that David is able to give this talk to the Instonian community.
Outside of his interests in history, David coached the RBAI Hockey XI from 1982-2000, as well as coaching Instonians, Ulster and Ireland Senior Men. He also enjoys hiking and he has made trips to the Alps, Pyrenees, the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa and in 2001 to Everest Base Camp.
The talk will begin at 6.30pm and refreshments will be served following the talk and Q&A.
If you are interested in attending this free talk, please contact Karen Chambers at RBAI on