Des Pawson of lpswich Maritime Trust Richard Edgar- Wilson, President of
the Old Ipswichian Club, and I are progressing with work on three ways of
acknowledging Admiral Broke's success and abilities, and the bicentenary of
his defeat of the USS Chesapeake in HMS Shannon on 1 June 1813. We plan to:
- Have a one-day symposium in Ipswich at University Campus Suffolk,
which is linked to the Universities of Essex and East Anglia.
- Hold a concert at St Martin's, Nacton, Broke's home village, where he
- Publish a book/anthology of papers by a variety of writers for which
I would provide the framework and would edit.
We must stress that these would all be aimed at interesting the general
public who are largely ignorant of Broke and the War of 1812, rather that
the academic world, although the scholarship should still be of high
quality. The agreed date is the weekend of 12-13 October 2013,10 am to
5.20 pm. The symposium will be held in the 120-seat lecture hall of the
UCS Waterfront building in Ipswich's great Victorian Wet Dock. The large
attached foyer will be used for a buffet lunch and for the launch of the
anthology, as well as a display of other relevant books, especially those
of the speakers. The concert is being organised on the Sunday afternoon
by Richard Edgar-Wilson, the international tenor. Broke was at Ipswich
School before entering the Royal Navy at a tender age and the concert is
doubling as the Old Ipswichians' President's Event for 2013. Please let
me know if you feel you can contribute in any way.
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