Professor Grove has become a good friend to these events and has been a most popular speaker at two Quilliam lectures already, so the Quilliam Group is delighted to have him speaking to us again. He needs little introduction to any naval enthusiast, being both a prolific writer on the subject of naval history, and making regular television appearances.
This year also marks the seventh since the inauguration of the Quilliam lectures in Arbory church. What started as an attempt to extend the Trafalgar Day commemorations within the parish, has grown progressively into a regular celebration of the Isle of Man's most celebrated naval son. With his grave in the churchyard, and memorial and stained glass window in the church, the group feels this is the most appropriate place and manner to remember our home's rich maritime heritage.
The title of Professor Grove's lecture is "Jutland Reconsidered", and in it he will explore new views on the results of this engagement between two grand fleets, and the ongoing debate as to who the actual winner might have been. He will address its implications for both the Royal Navy and Germany, and how the course of events was affected by the personalities of the leaders involved. The evening promises to be one of great interest to a wide audience, and as usual will play to a full house.
The Quilliam Group is enormously grateful for the ongoing amount of support our efforts attract, making this, a thoroughly community based event. Andy Roy of Baker Tilly (Isle of Man) and Angela Pickard of the Bridge Bookshop have provided financial support, and Colleen Corlett and Juan Watterson MHK have helped us out again with our spectacular stationery. Martin and Debbie Brunnschweiler of the Bay Hotel will be sustaining us with a tot of rum as we listen to the musicians from the gallery. Sea Cadets from T S Manxman will be on hand as our helpers, as ever refreshments will be provided by the kind ladies of Arbory Church.