Talks & Lectures

Lucy regularly gives online and in person talks to a variety of different audiences; from school children to historians and history enthusiasts alike. Previous talks have covered various topics including different aspects of the British Army’s use of horses during the First World War, Second World War operations in the Far East and CWGC epitaphs & remembrance.

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British Modern Military History Society

Formed in early 2019, the BMMHS organise monthly talks for anyone interested in military history over the last 200 years from Nelson’s times to the present day.   

National Army Museum

In this talk, Lucy consider’s the equine experience during the First World War and explore the many ways in which horses and mules were used by the British Army.

OTD Canadian Military History

Brad St.Croix, Carla-Jean Stokes and Lucy Betteridge-Dyson discuss the impact that social media has had on our understanding of historical war photographs during this live stream on the OTD Canadian Military History YouTube channel.


As part of WW2TV’s Burma Week, Lucy joined Paul to tell the story of 3 Commando Brigade in January 1945 at the Battle of Kangaw (Hill 170)

History From Home

‘The Real Warhorse’ presentation explores the contribution of equines during the Great War. You can view the talk by clicking through to Dan Hill’s History From Home series archive.

Modern Conflict Research Symposium

The cemeteries of the CWGC are an integral part of the memorialisation of the Great War. Much has been written about their origins and development, along with their wider place within the context of commemorative practises. However, to those visiting the battlefields for the first time, it can often be an individual grave that invokes the strongest of emotional responses. During the creation of the cemeteries, the CWGC provided the option for relatives of the dead to include a personal inscription of their loved one’s grave. ‘The Power of Words’ paper (originally delivered at the 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium in 2020) involves discussion on the history of these epitaphs, their emotional power over visitors today and a high-level analysis of their content.

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