Talks Archive

Programme 2009 - 2010

A Great and Glorious Victory: Nelson and Trafalgar
by Peter Warwick

Date: Tuesday 29 September 2009

Peter is chairman of The 1805 Club, a charity whose object is the restoration and maintenance of graves, monuments, memorials of the Georgian sailing navy. He is also chairman of Thames Alive and chairman of the International Committee of Waterloo 200, which is planning the commemorations in 2015. 

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William Beckford and his Tower in Bath
by Amy Frost

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2009

Amy Frost has been Curator of Beckfords Tower and Museum in Bath since 2002. She is also the Archivist for the Bath Preservation Trust and Curator of the Building of Bath Collection. She is currently researching the life of Henry Edmund Goodridge the architect who designed BeckfordsTower.

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John Ruskin – a flawed genius
by Julian Halsby

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2009

Julian Halsby studied at Cambridge University and later became Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in a London art college. He has written 7 books and literally hundreds of articles on art history and criticism. He is a member of the Critics Circle and the International Association of Art Critics.

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The Monmouth Rebellion
by Major General Barry Lane

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2009

Barry Lane was commissioned into the Somerset Light Infantry; his last appointment was GOC of the Army in the South West of England. He then spent 5 years as the first Chief Executive of Cardiff Bay Development Corporation. Every summer since 1994 he has arranged an annual tour, setting out the background to and events of the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 and its sad climax at the Battle of Sedgemoor. 

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Names and the Search for Order in the Natural World
by Anna Pavord

Date: Tuesday 24 November 2009

Anna Pavord, one of the most distinguished writers on gardens today, admired for her meticulous research and knowledge of plants, garden history and design, follows up the theme of her recent book “The Naming of Names”, which is a history of the search for order in the world of plants. The story begins in Athens in the era of Aristotle. An earlier best seller was “The Tulip”. Anna recently received the Gold Veitch medal from the RHS. She is a member of English Heritage Parks and Gardens Panel and for the last five years has been Chairman of the National Trusts Garden Panel

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Ha Ha Hardy
by Tim Laycock

Date: Tuesday 8 December 2009

Tim Laycock, the son of a Dorset folk musician, is an actor and writer particulary interested in Dorset’s folk culture. He gives concerts based on the history and traditions of the county, including the life and works of William Barnes.

Colin Thompson is an expert on traditional English fiddle music and also plays the viola and guitar.

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The North West Frontier in History and Today
by Jules Stewart

Date: Thursday 7 January 2010

Jules Stewart began his career as an academic, lecturing in Spanish language and literature at two U.S. universities before moving to Madrid where he spent 20 years as a journalist before joining Reuters and relocating to London. He has been a freelance reporter since 1994, specialising in finance. Recently he has produced four books on the history of the British on the North-West Frontier and Afghanistan

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The Other Lyon: William Hector Lyon, 1868-1907
by Canon Eric Woods

Date: Thursday 21 January 2010

Eric Woods read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, and later the Theology Tripos at Trinity College Cambridge. He was ordained in 1978. From 1983 to 1993 he was Vicar of Wroughton in the Bristol Diocese and a part-time lecturer in Bristol University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He became Vicar of Sherborne in 1993 and a non-residentiary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral in 1998. He currently lectures on the University of Surrey’s Certificate of Higher Education in Theology course at Sarum College Salisbury

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Paddy Ashdown’s Third Law: or why the world will never be the same again and what we should do about it
by Paddy Ashdown

Date: Thursday 4 February 2010

The Rt. Hon. Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, GCMG., KBE. (Paddy Ashdown) was a Royal Marine 1959-72, Liberal MP for Yeovil 1975-2001, Leader of the Liberal Democrats 1988-99 and High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002-06. A gifted polygot, he is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and other languages

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Samuel Palmer
by Professor William Vaughan

Date: Thursday 18 February 2010

William Vaughan is Professor Emeritus in History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He organised the exhibition on Samuel Palmer held at the British Museum, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005-6. He is currently completing a study of Samuel Palmer’s life and career.

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Julius Caesar and the Fall of the Roman Republic
by Adrian Goldsworthy

Date: Thursday 4 March 2010

Dr Adrian Goldsworthy.

Acclaimed author of 'Roman Warfare'. 'Caesar. The Life of a Colossus' and 'The Death of the Roman Superpower', Dr Goldsworthy appears regularly on TV and Radio. Formerly Assistant Professor at the University of Notre-Dame, he lectures at Birkbeck, Kings College (London), Yale and Berkeley. One of a new generation of classical scholars.

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Frome Arrives in Sherborne – the coming of the railway in 1860
by Alec Oxford OBE

Date: Thursday 18 March 2010

Alec Oxford was born in Sherborne and educated at Foster's School. He served as a Fleet Air Arm pilot '43 - '47. Qualifying in youth leadership at Bristol University, he did youth work in Sherborne and south-east London and was deputy director of National Youth Bureau from '71 - 82. Made an MBE in 1982. 

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