Following the huge success of our Western Front course, which ended last week, we are launching a second course for the autumn in plenty of time to give you time to read up at your leisure!

Are you keen to learn more about the First World War in an educational environment?

Does the idea of leaping straight into expensive, university studies alarm you? Is the time/financial commitment more than you have to offer?

The Great War Group is pleased to offer this eight week “bridge” course in the First World War for you to get your feet wet.


The course will take place across eight Sunday afternoons via Zoom, beginning on

?? October at 16:00.

The course is priced at £95 for members and £125 for non-members.

Payment is due in full on application.

We do recognise that we live in weird times, and that some people are living with uncertain finances. If you are a Great War Group member, do drop us a line to consider individual circumstances. We will also be offering five places free on the basis of individual financial hardship, whether Covid-related or not. To contact us about financial alternatives, please email us at


How long do the sessions last?

Each session will consist of a 45-50 minute lecture. After that we will spend half an hour on small group discussions about specific points raised, before returning to the main group to present a summary.


What are the benefits?

If you are looking to step back into academia, there will be an opportunity to complete an essay on the topic of your choice. We will provide the question, as well as pointers and feedback on completion. You will also receive a completion certificate detailing what you have studied for future use if you are applying for university courses.

For those completing the full course, you will also be entitled to receive any one of the sessions recorded, after the fact, in case you miss it. If you are a member in Australia or New Zealand, because of the time difference, you will be able to receive all eight sessions via download for £70, as you will not be able to benefit from the discussion sessions.


How difficult will it be to follow?

We very much want to provide an accessible experience, and to that effect, you don’t need to have gone to university to be able to keep up with these lectures. If you think maybe you’d want to try university, whether it be undergraduate or postgraduate one day, if you are studying for GCSEs or A Levels and just want to know more than you will learn in school, or if you are just a nerd, (we prefer the term “war bore”) who wants to focus your enthusiasm on a structured experience, then this is for you.


Will there be homework?

We will provide you with some recommended reading, and suggest accounts, and things that are easily accessible that will widen the experience. As with all of these things, you get out what you put in, but there will be no detentions. Though Beth can be bribed with chocolate.


Is it suitable for school children?

Yes, we wouldn’t recommend below year/grade 10, but this is a general look at the Western Front that will augment what’s in the curriculum.

We will offer five “scholarship places” to young people with a particular interest in the First World War. To qualify you must be aged 15-18. To apply for one of these places, please email us at


Who is doing the teaching?

The course is overseen by educational professionals. All lecturers will be Postgraduate qualified or equivalent. You know we don’t do academic snobbery!



Sunday 3rd October 2021 at 16:00 (UK)

The Eastern Front 1914-15 (Nicolai Eberholst)

Sunday 10th October 2021 at 16:00 (UK)

The Eastern Front 1916-18 (Nicolai Eberholst)

Sunday 17th October 2021 at 16:00 (UK)

Salonika (Andy Lock)

Sunday 31st October 2021 at 16:00 (UK)

The Italian Front (Vanda Wilcox)

Sunday 7th November 2021 at 16:00 (UK)

Palestine (Gareth Davies)

Sunday 14th November 2021 at 16:00 (UK)

Mesopotamia (Jim Smithson)

Sunday 21st November 2021 at 16:00 (UK) 

Gallipoli (Peter Hart)

Sunday 28th November 2021 at 16:00 (UK)

The Wider War (Caucasus, Africa, Genocides etc.) (Alex Churchill)

To book your place as a member follow the link below. The course is also available, without a discount, to non-members.

Online Course – Beyond the Western Front – Autumn 2021 – Members