Ghosts on the Somme: filming and photography of the battle June-July 1916 (Ticketed) FULL

Tuesday 12 April 2016
Talk begins at 6.30pm. Refreshments at 6pm

The talk

The Battle of the Somme started in July 1st 1916. This talk looks at one of the first war films ever made ‘The Battle of the Somme’ which focuses on the opening days of the battle. This 1916 British documentary and propaganda film, was shot by two official cinematographers in France. Andy Robertshaw has undertaken a detailed study of the film and what emerges is a virtual time machine to events of 100 years ago.

The speaker

Andy Robertshaw is a freelance military historian who was until 2014 the Curator and Manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut. He is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for First World War studies at The University of Birmingham. Andy’s publications include various articles, essays and 16 books on military history. Over the past fifteen years he has regularly appeared in archaeology and military series such as the BBC series ‘Two Men in a Trench’ and Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’. Andy was lead consultation for the ITV documentary ‘The Somme the Real Story’.

Participant information

All talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1–1½ hours, with tea, coffee & cake available between 6pm-6.30pm in Crawley Hall.


£12 per person, £10 for Museum Friends, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers


To book call 01243 811021 or download our booking form here.