Making Telecommunications in the First World War

A one day conference at the University of Oxford

Friday 24 January 2014 at the University Club, Oxford

Supported by the AHRC-funded project: ‘Innovating in Combat: telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War’ and the Centre for History & Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

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On the previous evening there will be a lecture at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford given by

Elizabeth Bruton and Graeme Gooday, followed by a reception.

Schedule for Friday 24 January 2014

9.15-9.45: Welcome and tea and coffee

9.45-10.00: Elizabeth Bruton and Graeme Gooday, About “Innovating in Combat”

10.00-10.30: Dr Phil Judkins, University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, ‘Trawling the Waves: Warfighting and Wireless in World War 1’

10.30-11.00: David Barlow, Radio Officers Association and Lizard Wireless Museum, ‘Wireless and direction finding at sea and in the air in World War I. – with emphasis on the role of Captain Henry Joseph Round’

11.00-11.30: Tea and coffee

11.30-12.00: Keith Thrower (Independent/retired) ‘Army radio communication during the Great War’

12.00-12.30: Professor Anthony Davies, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London and Visiting Professor, Kingston University, Surrey, ‘The right tunes? Wavemeters for British army and air force uses in World War I time’

12.30-1.00: Stephen Erskine, Green Howards Museum, ‘Victory calling’-evolution of operational communications: an infantry Battalion experience

1.00-2.00: Lunch

2.00-2.30: Paul Coleman, University of Leeds, ‘Wireless defence: the use of wireless telegraphy against U-boats in the First World War.’

2.30-3.00: Dr. Andreas Marklund, Post & Tele Museum, Denmark, ‘Watching for the State: Cable Censorship and Practices of Surveillance at the Danish State Telegraph during World War I’

3.00-3.30: Axel Volmar, University of Siegen, Germany, ‘Where Only the Explosives Prevail: German Innovations in Sound Ranging and Telecommunications in World War I.’

3.30-4.00: Tea and coffee

4.00-5.00: Roundtable discussion, chaired by Stephen Johnston including remarks from Mary Harris about World War One research

5.00-5.30: Closing remarks and thanks

Details of programme updates will be available at

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr Bruton at [email protected] or Prof. Gooday at [email protected]

Elizabeth Bruton and Graeme Gooday, “Innovating in Combat: telecommunications and intellectual property in the First World War”, University of Leeds and the Museum of History of Science, Oxford,