The Big Debate

The Battle That Won The War?

The Big Debate

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New date announced: Thursday 2nd February 2017, book now.

2016 was the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, a clash that was considered the defining naval battle of the First World War, fought over 36 hours from 31st May to 1st June, 1916.

Often considered a German victory due to the number of British lives lost; at the end of the battle the British maintained numerical dominance; and were ready for duty the next day.

Who really won the battle? Did the battle win the war? Why does Jutland matter today? And what of the social impact on Britain and Germany?

It’s a battle that has always divided opinion. The debate still rages.

What is the cultural legacy of the battle – where are the poems and music, the TV dramas and plays? Are blockades ever morally justified?

These are the kinds of questions that will be tackled and explored by eminent speakers for an important debate taking place at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

We want you to have your say. Submit your questions online when you buy your ticket before Friday 27 January for a chance for it to be considered (see blue box below.) Tickets are available up to the 2nd February (subject to availability) but book early, because this will be popular.

The international panel will be chaired by British historian, broadcaster and founder of the podcast History Hit, Dan Snow.

Jutland was the climax of centuries of naval warfare, the last time two fleets of big gunned battleships contested control of the seas.

Dan Snow

Those sitting on the panel include Director of the German Naval Museum, Dr Stephan Huck; naval historian Dr Andrew Gordon, author of Rules of the Game, for many, the definitive book on the battle and Dr Laura Rowe, lecturer at the University of Exeter whose primary research interest focuses on the social and cultural history of the First World War and on the Royal Navy in particular.

Also present will be Nick Hewitt, author, naval historian, broadcaster and the National Museum’s project leader for the blockbuster exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War.

The Battle of Jutland is the Royal Navy’s defining moment in The Great War, and perhaps the largest sea battle in history. It’s the only event in the national First World War centenary programme which is wholly naval in character, and at at the National Museum we’ve pulled out all the stops to put together a comprehensive and exciting programme of activity to mark it. As a naval historian, it’s a great privilege to be involved in a once-in-a-lifetime event like this, and I’m absolutely sure our visitors will be as engaged by this epic, tragic story as we are.

Nick Hewitt

Complimentary Drinks & Networking

Take advantage of our pre-drinks session to meet other Jutland enthusiasts; meet the team behind the 36 Hours exhibition; see a small collection of artefacts and find out more about how you can contribute to the legacy of Jutland with our Interactive Map.

Your ticket price includes a complimentary drink and small nibbles in the Horizon’s suite in Action Stations. Served from 6pm.

Our panel includes:

Dr Andrew Gordon - Author of "The Rules of the Game", a critical study of the Grand Fleet's leadership during the Battle of Jutland. Dr. Gordon has a BSc in Economics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a PhD in War Studies from King's College London, University of London. Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and worked as consultant during the drafting of British Maritime Doctrine (BR 1806), and Fighting Instructions. He was formerly a lieutenant commander at HMS President, the London unit of the Royal Naval Reserve, previously he has spent time on loan to the United States Naval Academy from his position as reader in maritime history at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham, near Swindon.

Nick Hewitt - Head of Heritage Development at The National Museum of the Royal Navy. Naval Historian and co-presenter, with Dan Snow and Dr Shini Somara, on the BBC’s “The Navy’s Bloodiest Day” an hour-long documentary that goes to the heart of the battle.

Dr Stephan Huck - Curated several exhibitions including „Skagerrak. Seeschlacht ohne Sieger – Jutland. The Unfinished Battle.“ Formerly a Research Associate at the Research Institute for Military History of the Armed Forces, Potsdam, he has a PhD in History from the University of Potsdam, Germany and is Editor of the “Small Series in Naval and Military History” Stephan has seen active service in the German Armed Forces.

Dr Laura Rowe - Awarded a BA in Modern History (1999-2002) and MSt in Historical Studies at Worcester College, Oxford and subsequently undertook a PhD thesis entitled ‘Morale and Discipline in the Royal Navy during the First World War’. Following completion of her PhD she was awarded the Alan Pearsall Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research in London. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Naval History at the University of Exeter in September 2009.

Dan Snow - Daniel Robert "Dan" Snow, born 3rd December, 1978, historian, broadcaster and television presenter. He was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches. He developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. He left Oxford and immediately started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow. He regularly appears on the history slot on The One Show.

Ask the question you want to hear debated by our expert panel

Please submit your question for the debate using the box below. We kindly request all questions are submitted by Friday 27 January 2017.

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The National Museum of the Royal Navy marks the battle of Jutland

The National Museum marked the centenary with a number of must-see events across the country. On 31st May HMS Caroline, the last survivor of the battle, opened in Belfast. She reopens to visitors Easter 2017. The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton tells the pioneering story of pilot Frederick “Rutland of Jutland” with an innovative new display alongside another First World War veteran replica, the Sopwith Baby. And in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover more about the battle.

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