In March 2018, we held our first one day workshop. The atmosphere was relaxed, inclusive and reflected the mix of speakers and delegates who had a range of interests – to escapes from camp through to the transgenerational effects of the captive experience.
A short report summarising each talk on the day is available to downoad here.
We’ve received a lot of really positive feedback about the workshop, and we’re pleased that the format worked well for everybody involved. We are making plans to organise the next one, so do keep an eye out for future news.
The Secret Art of Survival: the hidden documentary artwork of WWII Far East captivity.
LSTM will be working with Far East prisoner of war (FEPOW) community groups, schools and local communities to stage a fascinating exhibition of hidden artworks at the Victoria Gallery & Museum. With the help of additional funding the project is also planned to deliver an extensive education and public engagement programme.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this via a quick survey that will help us to shape the project further.
An illustrated talk by Paul Murray on his experiences in October as he follows the daily diary entries of his father’s secret Prisoner of War love letters written to Paul’s mother from the camps in Singapore and Japan, Feb 1942 to Sep 1945.
Saturday 10th March 2018, 7.30 p.m.
The Pavilion, St. Peter’s High School,
Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL4 ODD
Light refreshments will be provided by the School’s P.F.A.
Voluntary donations to the P.F.A. and Philomusica
RFHG are delighted to be co-organising a one-day workshop, to be held at the University of Leeds on 19 March 2018. We really interested to hear from potential speakers – particularly anybody working in ‘new’ or understudied geographies and themes related to the experience (or memory) of captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East during the Second World War.
Future Memories: Where next for Far East Prisoner of War studies?
19 March 2018
University of Leeds
in partnership with Researching FEPOW History Group (RFHG)
CALL FOR PAPERS
Drawing on the broad theme of captivity across Southeast Asia and the Far East, this one-day symposium aims to be a ‘seed’ event for larger projects planned to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (2020).
Proposals are invited for 15-minute papers covering, but not limited to, the following topics:
- New perspectives, including transgenerational memory, perpetration, reconciliation, marginalised or ‘secret’/‘forgotten’ histories, influence of the Far Eastern experience on subsequent POWs in Korea and Vietnam
- Geographies and communities, including lesser-known geographies of captivity, military POWs, romushas, civilian internees, ‘comfort’ women
- Impact and engagement, including educational initiatives, exhibitions or memorial work, the role of third-sector organisations in developing impact,
- Making and marking memory, through life-writing, fictional depictions of Far Eastern captivity, creative responses, transnational connections
Please submit 250-word abstracts plus a 50-word biography to Emily Sharp (email@example.com) by 4 February 2018. We will notify you of acceptance by 15 February at the latest.
Postgraduate and early career bursaries
To support the work of early career researchers in the field, a limited number of bursaries will be available from RFHG to contribute towards the travel expenses of PGR/ECR speakers. Please note in your submission if you would like to be considered for a bursary, and why you think you should be offered one.
For all enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download the Call for Papers here.
We are absolutely thrilled with the response to the conference launch…However, it does mean that we only have a few places remaining for the 6th International FEPOW History Conference. It’s all taking place in Liverpool, 9 – 11 June 2017…
Just some of our confirmed speakers include:
Jeya Jeyadurai (Changi Museum, Singapore)
Jon Cooper (TAAP)
John Cardwell and Emma Nichols (University of Cambridge)
Anne Wheeler (A War Story)
Stephen Walton (IWM)
Frank Taylor (Borneo tours)
Rod Beattie (Thai-Burma Railway Centre)
Flora Chong (ALPHA Education, Toronto)
It’s sure to be fabulous – don’t miss it!!! To make sure of your place, you can download a registration form here.
There are still places available for the 6th International FEPOW History Conference – but do send in your reigstration form as soon as you can!
A great range of international experts will be covering Singapore, Thailand, Borneo, exciting new digitisation projects, the effects of PTSD on veterans and their families and much, more more – we really do hope that you can join us for what promises to be another inspiring, moving and fascinating weekend.
‘For me a lot of the value in the RFHG conferences have been the small snippets of information & new ideas where to look – as well of course building relationships over time with people’ (Walter Tuttlebee).
We are delighted to announce that several new speakers have been confirmed for next summer’s 6th International FEPOW History Conference, held in conjunction with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
- Professor Sears Eldredge (speaking via film on Borneo POW and Internee camp entertainments)
- Dr John Cardwell and Emma Nichols (Archivist and conservator for University of Cambridge’s Wellcome Trust funded Changi digitisation project)
- Stephen Walton (Senior Curator, Imperial War Museum)
Places are filling up, so please do book soon – and certainly by September! You can download a booking form here.
The Art of Survival
Drawings by Fred Ransome Smith, prisoner of war 11 December 2015 – 28 February 2016 – See more at:
Art of Survival
The launch of Fred Ransome Smiths Exhibition went really well and an interview he did with Channel 7 is shown below. Some of the artwork exhibited was produced when Fred was as a Lieutenant POW in camps on the Burma/Thai Railway, whilst others were drawn later from memory.
Fred was pleased with the exhibition as he was keen to get across the suffering and brutality that the POWs had to endure at the hands of the Japanese.
Fred, now 96, was a POW of the Japanese, having been captured at Singapore in February 1942 and then sent to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. During his three and half years of captivity he took the opportunity, at great personal risk, to draw incidences of the appalling treatment of his fellow POWs.
Fred joined up as a Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, and despite originally being destined for the Middle East, arrived in Singapore in late January 1942, which he described as being “in a bad shape when we arrived”. Fred was born in 1919, London and emigrated to Australia after the war where he continued his career in advertising. Following his retirement Fred lectured at La Trobe University in Bendigo, Victoria.
Unspoken: The Forgotten Prisoners of War
In conjunction with the 70th anniversary year commemorating VJ Day and the end of WWII, Wellcome Trust’s online science magazine Mosaic Science has published an audio documentary:
Based on Captive Memories, Far East POW and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
by Meg Parkes and Geoff Gill
The documentary features the eye witness accounts of eight former Far East POW veterans and others connected to this history who were interviewed for the Tropical School’s Far East POW oral history study.
Published 8 December 2015
Researched and narrated by Chris Chapman
Editor Mun-Keat Looi,
Click on link: https://soundcloud.com/mosaicscience/prisoners-of-war
Thursday 10 December
7 – 8pm
Hosted by the Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room
Meg and Geoff discuss the research that informed Captive Memories and the documentary, Unspoken.
Free, open to all