Professor Peter Simkins – the new President of the WFA

An excellent choice by the WFA – Peter Simkins was an inspiration on the First World War Studies MA & it was a privilege to hear him lecture. The full WFA announcement is as follows:

At The Western Front Association’s AGM held on 7 May 2011, Prof Peter Simkins MBE, FRHistS was elected as President of the Association, to succeed Correlli Barnett.

Peter Simkins began his working life in 1962 as Archivist and Research Assistant to Captain Sir Basil Liddell Hart, before embarking upon a long and distinguished career at the Imperial War Museum, latterly as its Senior Historian and Head of the Research and Information Office. He played a key part in making the Imperial War Museum the formidable institution it is today and established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on twentieth-century British military history, especially that of the British Army in the Great War.

After his retirement in 1999 Peter was elected to an honorary chair in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, where he has been active in the Centre for First World War Studies, helping to teach and supervise Graduate students. Few people know more about the Western Front in the Great War and few have done more sterling work for the WFA, indefatigably visiting branches, where he is a much-loved and valued lecturer, and guiding exceptional battlefield tours.

He is the ideal person to succeed the formidable Bill Barnett. The WFA is in good hands.