Am I a hero? Remembrance Lectures 2017

29th October 3pm



What does it mean to be called a hero? Can the term ever be harmful? Is it used within the military or imposed by the media and others?

Our inaugural Remembrance Lectures examine the nature of heroism in conflict. Veterans, PTSD survivors, Invictus Games athletes and healthcare specialists – in some cases all at once - will explore how current and former members of the armed forces feel about their actions being referred to as ‘heroic’ and how they personally want to be remembered.

Speakers include:

  • Michelle Partington, Invictus Games athlete, formerly of the Royal Air Force, motivational speaker, volunteer and author
  • Dr Celia Hynes, grew up in a military family and chose a career in nursing. As co-founder of the initial Centre for Veterans' Wellbeing, she runs the programme of transition for military service personnel and their families.
  • Terry Morley, a veteran who served with the 1st Battalion King's Regiment and runs the Ex-Military Skills for Employment at Groundwork.
  • Alison Bunn, Royal British Legion
  • Dr Alan Barrett, Clinical Lead of the Military Veterans' Service for Greater Manchester and Lancashire.


This is part of IWM’s Remembrance Lectures 2017 alongside The poppy in 2017: to wear or not to wear? a conversation with public figures from journalists to sportspeople about what it means to wear the symbol today.

Photo credit © Mike Hughes (HU 95592)


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