Meaning, Memory and the (Mis-)Remembered Past: 5 - 6 September


With just under a month to go to the Museum's Annual Conference, there is still time for you to register to either attend in person or online.
Hosted at the Royal Air Force Museum London, this two-day conference brings together an interdisciplinary field of academics and scholars to present research which challenges the accepted historical consensus.

The conference will explore the meaning of parts of the past and establish their importance to the historical and will feature a keynote address given by Richard Toye entitled: ‘Bet you’re sorry you won!’: Generations, authority, and honour in the public memory of the Second World War.

In person
The cost of attending the conference in person for both days is £50.00. This cost covers registrations, refreshments and lunch for both days.

The Museum is making up to a third of the conference tickets available at a concession price of £35.00. These tickets are available to students, retired delegates and those who define themselves as being on a limited budget. Tickets are available now.
The research presented will offer new evidence and provide critical reflections on, and reframe our historical understanding of, the history we ‘remember’, the history we ‘misremember’ and the history we have ‘forgotten’. In doing so, this research revises the conclusions of previous works and challenges myths which have developed and represents an important moment in advancing historical knowledge as well as an exciting line-up of speakers from around the World.
The panels hosted at the conference will include the latest research on a range of topics including:
Memory and Media: The Pilot (Mis-)Remembered; Forgotten Efforts from the Second World War
Productions of the Past: Archives, Paintings, and Representations of Aerial Warfare
Myths and their Meanings in the Present: The Battle of Britain, Navalist Reinterpretations in China, and Air Power in Africa.

The conference will feature papers on the development of the French Aircraft Industry in the late 1930s, the Panavia Tornado procurement programme, and the 1957 Defence Review. It will conclude with a panel which considers the RFC and RAF’s respective pre-war preparations and development and the RAF’s experience of occupation in Japan.
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Please note that changes in circumstances may require the programme to be altered.

The conference will also be available to watch remotely via the Museum’s Crowdcast Channel for those who are unable to travel to London on 5-6 September. Register your free view now, places are limited. 


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