Historian of MI6 and Intelligence to speak at ANU

Professor Keith Jeffery, author of MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909–1949, the first (and only) authorised history of the British Secret Intelligence Service (commonly known as MI6), is giving two public lectures at the ANU. 

Both lectures are open to the public.

Real spies and real secrets: writing the history of MI6

Date and time: Tuesday 27 September 2011 at 5 p.m.
Venue: Roland Wilson Building, Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre.

Professor Jeffery will talk about the history of British Intelligence, its officers, agents and operations from the foundation of the agency in 1909 to the early Cold War.

He will reflect on the challenges, rewards and frustrations of writing an ‘official history’ of an agency which is simultaneously the most famous intelligence service in the world and the most secretive department of the British state.


Intelligence and Counter-terror: reflections from Britain's Irish experience

Date and time: Tuesday 27 September 2011 at 10 a.m.
Venue: Coombs Lecture Theatre

Ireland has a long political history shared with Britain and an equally long history of acts of terrorism aimed at forcing a British withdrawal from Ireland and the restoration of Irish autonomy. From the often violent late eighteenth century movements for agrarian reform, through to the partition of Ireland in 1921 and the civil unrest that broke out in 1968, the relationship between Ireland and Britain has been an often bloody encounter between Irish nationalists and British Imperial interests.

There will be a 10min period after the lecture where Professor Jeffery will be available to answer questions.

Professor Keith Jeffery is Professor of British History at Queen's University, Belfast and his research interests cover a wide range of topics in Irish, British and British imperial history. He has a particular interest in the position of Ireland during the First World War. In 2005, he was appointed to write the first Official History of the British Secret Intelligence Service covering the years 1909-49.

Professor Jeffery is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Ireland and the Great War and Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson: A Political Soldier which won the 2006 Templer Medal and Book Prize.


Date & time

Tue 27 Sep 2011, 5pm


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