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Jeremy Paxman at St Peter's

Last night, St Peter's welcomed the award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author Jeremy Paxman, who delivered the second Chavasse memorial lecture.

Speaking in the Sheldonian Theatre before an audience of hundreds of students, alumni, and invited guests and dignitaries, including members of the current Chavasse family, Jeremy spoke on the theme of 'World War I: The War to End War'.

In a wide-ranging and moving talk, Jeremy touched upon the daily horrors of trench warfare, and offered his thoughts on the tactics employed during the conflict and the wider geopolitical circumstances that led to war. 

He also spoke about the political, economic and social changes ushered in by World War I, in whose shadow we still live today, before fielding questions from the Master, Mark Damazer CBE, and members of the audience. A video of the talk can be watched below.

The lecture was the second talk in a wider series of events designed to honour the role played in World War I by the Chavasse family, the founders of St Peter's, whose members include Captain Noel Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, the only man to win the Victoria Cross twice during the conflict and one of only three men ever to be so decorated.

The first talk in the series was delivered in May by General Sir Nicholas Houghton, then Chief of the Defence Staff, and a St Peter’s alumnus and Honorary Fellow.

Photos of the lecture can be viewed here.


Jeremy Paxman at St Peter's