TV historian Dan Snow has visited Queen Mary as the university prepares for this year’s Remembrance Day
Snow, the face of the BBC’s commemorations of the two world wars, spoke in front of a packed Arts Two lecture theatre, at a special event organised by the History Society.
In a wide-ranging discussion chaired by Dr. Robert Saunders, Lecturer in Modern British History, Snow talked about how he believes history has “come back” in the post-9/11 world, and entertained the audience with anecdotes about his work on The One Show. Afterwards he signed copies of 20th Century Battlefields, a book that he wrote alongside his political journalist father Peter, and posed for pictures with students.
Snow also gave up some time to speak exclusively to CUB magazine, telling Lauren Cantillon that it was “exciting” to play a central role in this summer’s events which marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
“It roused huge public interest, and people who perhaps have a latent interest in history could really get on board with my passion for the past”, he said.
“The best part for me is meeting people – I was with David Cameron and the royal family, but meeting the veterans themselves was definitely a highlight of my career. Meeting the real people is amazing and we often forget that they still live around us.”
The School of History has played an important part in preparations for the centenary of the First World War, in which approximately 800,000 British servicemen were killed. Dr. Dan Todman, a specialist on the world wars, was involved in the research for a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum which opened this July, whilst the School has hosted lectures and conferences.
A special issue of CUB devoted to the commemorations has been published ahead of Remembrance Day, which will be marked by a two-minute silence at 11am on Tuesday November 11th.