Talks Archive

King Canute (Cnut)
by Dr Ken Lawson

King Canute (Cnut)

Date: Thursday 11 January 2018

Denmark, England and the Conquest of 1016

 

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Claret
by David Copp

Claret

Date: Tuesday 12 December 2017

The history of the English love affair with Bordeaux wine.

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Egypt’s Valley of the Kings: ancient tombs and recent discoveries
by Dr Patricia Spencer

Egypt’s Valley of the Kings: ancient tombs and recent discoveries

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2017

This talk will look at the development and history of the burial place of some of ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaohs.

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What are the historical roots of today’s toxic sectarianism in the Middle East?
by John McHugo

What are the historical roots of today’s toxic sectarianism in the Middle East?

Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017

The story of the ancient Sunni-Shi'i divide, and why it became important again after the Iranian revolution and then turbo-charged after the 2003 invasion of Iraq

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General Sir Richard McCreery: the Last Great Cavalryman
by Richard Mead

General Sir Richard McCreery: the Last Great Cavalryman

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dick McCreery, who had a close association with Sherborne throughout his life, was one of the great British soldiers of World War II, as a brigade commander in France in 1940, Chief of Staff to Field Marshal Alexander in North Africa and finally as the last Commander of Eighth Army in Italy.

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Edward I
by Dr Marc Morris

Edward I

Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017

An overview of the career of one of the greatest English kings of the Middle Ages, his impact on the British Isles, and a legacy of division which continues to this day

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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The Earls of Pembroke and the Ladies Who Made a Difference!
by Ros Liddington

The Earls of Pembroke and the Ladies Who Made a Difference!

Date: Thursday 31 March 2016

The ladies are so often the movers and shakers in aristocratic families. Starting with Ann Parr, wife of the first Earl of Pembroke and sister of Catherine Parr, a steady succession of wives and daughters influenced the history of the family and its home in many different ways.

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History in Our Town’s Schools
by Six Students

History in Our Town’s Schools

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016

In a repeat of a successful event first held two years ago, sixth formers from our local senior schools will speak about their favourite historical personalities and themes.

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A Chronicle of Country Life – the Photographs of James Ravilious
by Robin Ravilious

A Chronicle of Country Life – the Photographs of James Ravilious

Date: Thursday 3 March 2016

The widow of artist James Ravilious shares with us her husband’s legacy of exquisite photographs of North Devon farming communities in the 1960s and 1970s. Taken to preserve a vanishing world, these are poignant and memorable images.

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Henry III and the Building of Westminster Abbey
by Professor David Carpenter

Henry III and the Building of Westminster Abbey

Date: Thursday 18 February 2016

The leading authority on Henry III explains in this illustrated talk why the art-loving king rebuilt Westminster in such spectacular style as a coronation church and royal mausoleum.

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Magna Carta
by Professor Nicholas Vincent

Magna Carta

Date: Thursday 4 February 2016

The ‘Great Charter of Liberties’ sealed by King John at Runnymede in 1215 is seen as laying the foundations of British democracy. What led to this concession by John and why did a medieval political crisis plant the seeds of today’s freedoms?     

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Sherborne and the First World War
by Patrick Francis

Sherborne and the First World War

Date: Thursday 21 January 2016

The author of Vivat Shirburnia traces the surprisingly wide-ranging, often tragic, impact of the Great War on the local communities of Sherborne Town and Sherborne School.

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Medieval Music and Instruments
by Jonathan Weeks

Medieval Music and Instruments

Date: Tuesday 8 December 2015

Delightful sounds together with fascinating cultural and social insights are guaranteed for this Members’ Christmas Entertainment evening.  

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Social Realism in Victorian Painting
by Julian Halsby

Social Realism in Victorian Painting

Date: Tuesday 24 November 2015

Dickens lays bare Victorian Society, warts and all, but what about Victorian artists?  This lecture will debate how far and for what reasons artists went in search of ‘realism’ and how realistic their paintings actually were.

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The Story of Tea
by Nick Berthoud

The Story of Tea

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2015

This illustrated talk covers the social history of tea, the practices surrounding its use and, through this, the history of British society as a whole.

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Dorset Heroines
by David Beaton

Dorset Heroines

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015

An illustrated talk about the women living in Dorset who contributed to the county’s history, culture and folklore down the ages

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The History of Gunpowder
by Dr Brenda Buchanan

The History of Gunpowder

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2015

A wide-ranging illustrated talk from the editor of the two-volume collection of articles Gunpowder: The History of an International Technology

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The Modern History of the Castle
by Christopher Moule

The Modern History of the Castle

Date: Tuesday 22 September 2015

This illustrated lecture will explore the uses (and abuses) of castles from the close of the medieval period until modern times.

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