Talks Archive

Programme 2016 - 2017

China, the Modern Nation
by Jane Macartney

China, the Modern Nation

Date: Tuesday 27 September 2016

In the 20th century few countries experienced such dramatic political, social and cultural change as China. The recently retired China Foreign Correspondent for The Times is well placed to offer an exciting new account of its recent history.

 

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Without Let or Hindrance: the story of passports
by Martin Lloyd

Without Let or Hindrance: the story of passports

Date: Tuesday 11 October 2016

The evolution of an indispensable, if sometimes taken-for-granted, document.

 

 

 

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Tombs and Brasses of Medieval England
by Professor Nigel Saul

Tombs and Brasses of Medieval England

Date: Tuesday 25 October 2016

New Members’ Reception

An overview of the types of tombs and brasses to have come down to us from medieval England illustrated as far as possible from examples in Somerset and Wiltshire.

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The Samanids, rulers of Central Asia: Art and culture
by Dr Katherine Hughes

The Samanids, rulers of Central Asia: Art and culture

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2016

This illustrated talk will introduce the dynasty of the Samanids, rulers of an Early Islamic empire (819-1005 AD) covering modern-day Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and parts of Iran. 

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Historical Pageants: from Sherborne 1905 to Olympic Stadium 2012
by Professor Paul Readman

Historical Pageants: from Sherborne 1905 to Olympic Stadium 2012

Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016

Members’ Christmas Evening

Twentieth century historical pageantry, from its origins in Sherborne to the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. 

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The First World War and the Church of England in Oxfordshire
by Dr Mark Smith

The First World War and the Church of England in Oxfordshire

Date: Thursday 12 January 2017

 A new interpretation of the local impact of war on the Church as seen through the eyes of the clergy

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Better than Church: the history of pubs and brewing in Sherborne
by Barry Brock

Better than Church: the history of pubs and brewing in Sherborne

Date: Thursday 26 January 2017

This illustrated talk traces a vital theme in the economic and social history of our town.

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Ernest Bevin: from Devon Farm Boy to Foreign Secretary
by Professor Andrew Thorpe

Ernest Bevin: from Devon Farm Boy to Foreign Secretary

Date: Thursday 9 February 2017

From humble south-west origins, Ernest Bevin rose to become a minister in Churchill’s war cabinet and Labour Foreign Secretary 1945-51

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Russian Apocalypse: the tragedy of the last Romanovs
by Peter Warwick

Russian Apocalypse: the tragedy of the last Romanovs

Date: Thursday 23 February 2017

The momentous events in Russia 100 years ago are retold by one of our most popular speakers

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Tudor Women in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
by Dr Roberta Anderson

Tudor Women in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Date: Thursday 9 March 2017

What John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs tells us about commemorating religious persecution under Mary I and Tudor women and religion

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Lady Margaret Beaufort, the 'Red Queen'
by Dr Mark Nicholls

Lady Margaret Beaufort, the 'Red Queen'

Date: Thursday 23 March 2017

Margaret Beaufort (1443-1509), unofficial ‘Queen Mother' for her son Henry VII, was an eminent background figure in the Wars of the Roses and a great educational benefactress to Cambridge and Wimborne.

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