Talks

Lies, Spies and Surprises: Berlin in the Cold War
by Major General Peter Williams CMG OBE

Lies, Spies and Surprises: Berlin in the Cold War

Date: Tuesday 25 September 2018

A look-back at what made Berlin such a mysterious and intriguing city during the Cold War

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Lies, Spies and Surprises: Berlin in the Cold War

Alberto Bioletti. Soldier of Napoleon and Master Clockmaker of Wincanton
by John Baxter

Alberto Bioletti. Soldier of Napoleon and Master Clockmaker of  Wincanton

Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018

The incredible life of the Italian soldier who survived campaigns in Italy, Egypt, Haiti and Russia before settling in Wincanton.

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Alberto Bioletti. Soldier of Napoleon and Master Clockmaker of  Wincanton

The Foundation of Taunton and Somerset Hospital, 1809-1812
by Michael Davidson

The Foundation of Taunton and Somerset Hospital, 1809-1812

Date: Tuesday 23 October 2018

The Foundation of Taunton and Somerset Hospital (1809 – 1812), “A community effort, civic humanism in action”

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The Foundation of Taunton and Somerset Hospital, 1809-1812

The Durotriges – New Research
by Dr Martin Papworth

The Durotriges – New Research

Date: Tuesday 6 November 2018

A fresh look at the late Iron Age communities in Dorset

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The Durotriges – New Research

What was Medieval Chivalry really about?
by Professor Nigel Saul

What was Medieval Chivalry really about?

Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018

The lecture will explore some of the myths about medieval chivalry, arguing that its essence lay principally in the humane treatment of one another by the knightly class in battle.

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What was Medieval Chivalry really about?

Sherborne: the last 160 years in photographs
by Graham Bendell

Sherborne: the last 160 years in photographs

Date: Tuesday 4 December 2018

A look at how the town has changed, or not, through images held in Sherborne Museum’s collection of photographs.

 

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Sherborne: the last 160 years in photographs

The Titanic: dispelling the myths
by Tim Maltin

The Titanic: dispelling the myths

Date: Thursday 10 January 2019

The history of the Titanic and the tragic events of 15th April 1912, dispelling a number of myths along the way.

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The Titanic: dispelling the myths

Exeter Cathedral: The early years
by Professor Sarah Hamilton

Exeter Cathedral: The early years

Date: Thursday 24 January 2019

The early history of Exeter Cathedral up to the end of the twelfth century

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Exeter Cathedral: The early years

William Sleeman and the East India Company
by Miranda Carter

William Sleeman and the East India Company

Date: Thursday 7 February 2019

Born in Stratton, Cornwall in 1779, Sleeman is known as the army officer and civil servant who suppressed the Thugs uprisings in India.

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William Sleeman and the East India Company

“The Bird in the Cage”: Sir Walter Ralegh and Henry, Prince of Wales
by Professor Tim Wilks

“The Bird in the Cage”: Sir Walter Ralegh and Henry, Prince of Wales

Date: Thursday 21 February 2019

An illustrated talk on the dangerous relationship between the condemned and imprisoned Elizabethan hero and the young Stuart heir.

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“The Bird in the Cage”: Sir Walter Ralegh and Henry, Prince of Wales

The Impact of Famine & Plague in the 14th-Century West Country: Evidence from the Vale of Taunton Deane
by Dr Christopher Thornton, FSA, FRHistS

The Impact of Famine & Plague in the 14th-Century West Country: Evidence from the Vale of Taunton Deane

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019

The ‘Great Famine’ (c.1315) and the ‘Black Death’ (c.1348) contributed to a fundamental historical turning point: how can we measure the impact on population levels of these two disasters?

 

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The Impact of Famine & Plague in the 14th-Century West Country: Evidence from the Vale of Taunton Deane

Claretta Petacci and Benito Mussolini: a Fascist love story
by Professor Richard Bosworth

Claretta Petacci and Benito Mussolini: a Fascist love story

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019

A review of what Mussolini’s ‘last lover’ and her extensive diary reveal of life, family, Catholicism and politics in the ‘Italian dictatorship’

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Claretta Petacci and Benito Mussolini: a Fascist love story