LSE Excellence in Education Awards
Dr Heather Jones won a 2016-17 LSE Excellence in Education Award with other members of the department. Designed to support the School’s aspiration of creating ‘a culture where excellence in teaching is valued and rewarded on a level with excellence in research’ (LSE Strategy 2020), winners of the Excellence in Education Awards are recommended by LSE Heads of Department who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.
BBC Radio 4 "The Frontline Prince"
Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 4 programme "The Frontline Prince" on 18 September, talking about the First World War experience of the future King Edward VIII. The programme, written and presented by Dr Jones, reveals the true story of the first front-line prince, at a time vital to the development and public image of the future King Edward VIII, drawing on new research from the Royal Archives. Dr Jones tells the story of the Prince who wanted to fight - and whose bravery turned sour in the years of conflict. Listen to it on BBC iPlayer (UK only).
IHR special issue positively reviewed by H-Diplo
On 13 September, H-Diplo published a very positive article review of the special edition of International History Review that Dr Heather Jones co-edited with Richard Smith of the Foreign Office Historians Team. The IHR special edition, called "Sir Edward Grey and the Outbreak of the First World War", was published last year (volume 38, issue 2) and includes contributions by F. R. Bridge (University of Leeds), Sir Christopher Clark (University of Cambridge), John Keiger (University of Cambridge), Annika Mombauer (The Open University), T. G. Otte (University of East Anglia) and Keith Wilson (University of Leeds). Read the H-Diplo review by Keith Hamilton (KCL), Keith Robbins (Independent Scholar) and Andreas Rose (University of Bonn/LSE) in the H-Diplo website.
New chapter in Atlas of the Irish Revolution
A new chapter by Dr Heather Jones on “Cultures of Commemoration: remembering the First World War in Ireland” features in Atlas of the Irish Revolution - a major new scholarly work published in Ireland this month. The Atlas, released by Cork University Press, draws together existing and ongoing new research into the revolutionary period in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines, incorporating the "big issues", while also maintaining a close focus on events as they impacted at a local level. The Atlas also includes sections on the evolution of revolution, and on its aftermath, legacy and the collective memory and cultural representation of this fascinating, transformative period of Irish history. Read more about the magnificent Atlas of the Irish Revolution, edited by John Crowley, Mike Murphy and Donal ó Drisceoil, in the book's official website.
“The Howth Mauser" on BBC Radio 3 “The Essay”
Dr Heather Jones contributed a 15-minute long piece to The Essay, a BBC3 Radio programme where leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond provide insights, opinions and intellectual surprises on a particular theme. In an episode aired on 27 January, under the theme of Gun Culture, Dr Jones talked about the deadly symbolism of the Howth Mauser and other guns as the struggles for freedom began in 20th Century Ireland. “The arrival of crate-loads of already out-of-date German rifles in 1914 proved electrifying to the Irish Nationalist struggle and the cult of the gun had deep meaning for all sides in the struggle to come." Download the podcast.
BBC Radio 4
Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 4 talking about the Easter Rising 1916 on 18 and on 25 March. Dr Jones explored how six days of armed struggle changed Irish and British History. Read more about it and catch up on the episodes here (UK only). On 14 March, Dr Heather Jones was an interviewed guest on the Start the Week, broadcast by the same radio station. The topic of conversation was “The Easter Rising: 100 Years On”. In her contribution, Dr Jones looked back a hundred years to the Easter Rising of 1916 and placed this historical moment in the context of the Great War. Listen to the the podcast (UK only).
New publication, Dans la Guerre 1914-1918
Dr Heather Jones has a new co-edited book coming out on 14 September. The book, published in French with Nicolas Beaupré and Anne Rasmussenis, focus on the First World War, her area of expertise, and it's called Dans la guerre 1914-1918. Accepter, Endurer, Refuser. Read more about it (in french).
Dr Heather Jones contributed to a documentary broadcast by RTÉ on Tuesday, 21 April 2015, called 'Gallipoli-Ireland's Forgotten Heroes'. In the documentary, David Davin-Power travels to Turkey to commemorate the 3,000 Irish soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War.
The Return of the Brute
On 18 January 2015, Dr Heather Jones was a guest on RTE Radio 1, The History Show, discussing Liam O’Flaherty’s novel about the First World War, The Return of the Brute. Other partipants in the book club choice discussion were consultant psychiatrist, Brendan Kelly and history teacher, Noel Wade. The novel was first published in 1929. Listen to the podcast.
RTÉ Radio 1's The History Show
On 7 December 2014, Dr Heather Jones recommended history books to be given on Christmas morning in RTÉ Radio 1's History Show. Other participants in the show were Anne McLellan; novelist and scholar, Alan Titley; and RTE's Richard Downes. Listen to the podcast podcast.
The History Show
On 9 November 2014, Dr Heather Jones was on RTE Radio 1's flagship history programme, The History Show, discussing First World War commemoration in Ireland. She talked about the Irish Memorials to WW1 Dead, more specifically the significance of these memorials and how the Irish attitude to commemorating the war dead has changed over the past century. She also discussed what the Enniskillen Bombing symbolised in terms of the polarisation of Irish views of war remembrance in 1987 and how it symbolised a turning point in terms of the Irish relationship with the First World War as an historical event. Listen to the podcast.
Lecture at the Parnell Summer School
Dr Heather Jones was invited to give a lecture to the Parnell Summer School in Avondale, Co Wicklow, Ireland, on the topic of “Violent transgression and the First World War, 1914–1918”. The lecture was to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel and was reported in the Irish Times on 12 August 2014. Read the article.
BBC Radio 4
On 11 August 2014, Dr Heather Jones spoke in BBC Radio 4's programme 'Document': 'The Hague Warning'. The programme examined "the state of the British intelligence community [in July 1939], the split between appeasers and those who distrusted every German move and why this Document and the later Venlo incident in which two British intelligence officers walked into a trap laid by the Germans, was a Secret Intelligence Crisis". Listen to the podcast.
BBC2: Railways of the Great War
In August 2014, BBC2 showed a five-part documentary series on the Railways of the Great War, presented by Michael Portillo. Dr Heather Jones was interviewed in Episode 5: Railways and Remembrance.
RTE: Nationwide: WW1 - 100 Years
Dr Heather Jones contributed to the documentary "Nationwide: WW1 - 100 Years" broadcast by the Irish TV station, RTE, on 30 July 2014. This First World War special examined a collection of photos found in an Irish cellar which were developed to reveal Irish men on the front line. Watch the documentary.
BBC Radio 3
On 30 June 2014, Dr Heather Jones was on BBC Radio 3 The Essay as part of their Minds at War series. She talked about Henri Barbusse's novel Le Feu in light of how great artists and thinkers responded to the First World War in individual work. Listen to the broadcast.
BBC News Magazine
On 29 June 2014, Dr Heather Jones's latest article, "WW1: Was it really the First World War?", was published online on BBC News Magazine. In the article, she ponders on whether the war we now call the First World War or World War One is really an accurate description, whether it was really a global war and whether it was really the "first". In the first 24 hours after publication online the article got over half a million hits and was the 14th most read story on the BBC website.
On 28 June 2014, exactly a century after Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated, triggering the First World War, Dr Heather Jones was invited to give a history lesson on Sky News.
Gearty Grilling featuring Dr Heather Jones on the First World War
In June 2014, Dr Heather Jones participated in the weekly Gearty Grilling. She discussed why the British public supported the First World War and thousands of men volunteered to fight despite reports of massive casualties. Gearty Grilling is a weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. It's purpose is to showcase the School's word class research and faculty. Watch the interview.
World War One programme on Radio BBC World Service
Supported by rare material from the archives, Dr Heather Jones talked about how war affected populations around the world beyond the static front lines in Northern Europe (Somme, Verdun, Ypres and the Vimy Ridge). The show, World War One, aired on Saturday 14 June 2014 at 8:06 GMT and at 19.06 GMT on Sunday 15 June.
BBC Radio 4 documentary on First World War
Dr Heather Jones featured as one of the contributors to a new documentary on the First World, entitled ‘The Great War of Words’. The first episode was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 9am on Tuesday 4 February, with a repeat at 21.30 that evening. It is also available through the BBC iPlayer service
. For more details, please see the programme's homepage