Lancaster alumnus and Falklands war veteran speaks at anniversary event

Images of soldiers in the Falklands © Imperial War Museum

A Lancaster University history alumnus and Falklands veteran will return to the city later this month to take part in a special event to mark the 40th anniversary of the war between Great Britain and Argentina.

Forty years on from the war over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Major General Chip Chapman will return to Lancaster when the University brings together researchers and veterans to discuss perspectives on the conflict.

The Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster and the British International History Group will co-host ‘The Falklands War at 40: Voices of the Conflict’ on Thursday, May 26 (15.30 -17.00), at the University’s Management School in Lecture Theatre 17. The event will be followed by a wine reception.

In April 1982, the Falklands, a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic, were invaded by Argentine troops. In response, Britain mobilised a task force. Over the next ten weeks the two countries waged war across land, air and sea for possession of the islands.

Britain emerged victorious in June 1982, although the dispute over the territories remains unresolved and a source of tension in UK-Argentina relations to this day.

This free event, for students and staff, brings together researchers and curators to discuss working with voices of the conflict forty years on.

Major General Chip Chapman was a platoon commander in 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) in the Falklands campaign. He went on to command 2 PARA and was Senior British Military Advisor to US Central Command. He studied History at Lancaster 1977-1980.

Chairing the event is Gaynor Johnson, Professor of International History at the University of Kent and an Honorary Researcher at the Centre for War and Diplomacy and Conference Officer of the British International History Group.

Other speakers include:

  • Mr John Beales, is a doctoral student at Keele University and Imperial War Museums, whose research explores the composure of veterans’ narratives and the public memory of the war.
  • Dr Peter Johnston, is Head of Collections and Research at the Royal Air Force Museum whose research focused on the Falklands campaign.
  • Professor Helen Parr, of Keele University, is author of Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper (Penguin, 2019), a history of the Parachute Regiment in the Falklands.
  • Professor Tony Pollard, of Glasgow University, is a leading archaeologist who has worked on sites of conflict from across history, and is heading a new investigation into the landscape of the Falklands War.

Please book your place, via Eventbrite.

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