War Heritage Research Initiative Lecture Series - Presentation by Dr. Tim Cook, Historian, Canadian War Museum

Spend a Sunday afternoon with Canada’s renowned war historian Dr. Tim Cook in Hatley Castle. Tim Cook will talk about his new book, The Secret History of Soldiers. In his 11th book, Cook explores how Canadian First World War soldiers coped and endured on the battlefield. Through reading soldiers’ letters, diaries, and memoirs, Cook has uncovered a culture of song, poetry, trench newspapers, superstitions, theatre shows, and other leisure activities that bound the soldiers together and helped them to survive the inhumane conditions of the Western Front.

Dr. Tim Cook is a historian at the Canadian War Museum. He was the curator for the museum’s First World War permanent gallery.  He has also curated numerous temporary, travelling and digital exhibitions, including Victory 1918, an exhibition on Canada and the Hundred Days campaign that runs until March 2019. Tim is the author of 11 books and they have won the C.P. Stacey Prize for Military History (twice), the Ottawa Book Award (twice), the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize (twice). Vimy: The Battle and the Legend (2017) was an award-winning book and a number 1 national best-seller. His latest book is The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War (2018). 

In 2012, Dr. Cook was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history and in 2013 he received the Governor General’s History Award (The Pierre Berton Award). He is a frequent commentator in the media and he is a Member of the Order of Canada.

The War Heritage Research Initiative Lecure Series explores various aspects of history, heritage, and memory of the world wars.  The Series will include a showcase the new ‘War Memories across Canada’ documentary vignettes, written, directed and produced by Dr. Geoffrey Bird, the project lead and associate professor at RRU.  In addition, we will welcome guest speakers throughout the year presenting on recent research.  Whereas war history is an essential cornerstone of this series, heritage and memory refer to the contemporary ways in which we remember and connect with the past.  A range of topics, including how we remember, forget, and silence the past, the invention of commemorative traditions, he relevance of what and how we remember, and the significance and meaning of war tourism are some of the topics we explore.

Please visit the War Heritage Research Initiative website for more information on the initiative. 

Course Dates: War Heritage Research Initiative Lecture Series - Presentation by Dr. Tim Cook, Historian, Canadian War Museum

Start Date:Mar 10, 2019
Delivery:2 hours, Classroom
Delivery Day(s)/Time(s): 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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