Booking now open for ‘There will be wings’ conference

On 2 March 2018, The National Archives is hosting ‘There will be wings: the First World War origins of the RAF’ – a one-day conference to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. This event, which will explore the fascinating history of the formation of this specialist service, is being delivered in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the RAF Museum, and the National Army Museum.

Since 1914, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service had fought the air war, but by 1917 it was apparent that this new form of combat required a specialist service of its own, paving the way for the creation of the RAF.

Janet Dempsey, Principal Records Specialist (Maritime) said:

‘With a keynote delivered by Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter), the conference will look at why the Royal Air Force came into existence, and examine the challenges and opportunities of bringing together two distinct branches of the armed forces to create something entirely new.’

Featuring a broad range of papers from researchers based at universities, museums, and archives, the conference programme includes new perspectives on the formation of the RAF.

Discover the full programme and book your ticket.

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Tags: academic research, conference, military history