Talks

The Wars of 9/11
by General Sir Robert Fry

The Wars of 9/11

Date: Tuesday 29 September 2020

An account of the wars started by the 9/11 attacks and their place in history.

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The Wars of 9/11

Marie Stopes: Her Life and Times 1880-1958
by David Carter

Marie Stopes: Her Life and Times 1880-1958

Date: Tuesday 13 October 2020

Marie Stopes known as a birth control pioneer was also a respected paleobotanist and Portland Museum’s founder and first curator.

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Marie Stopes: Her Life and Times 1880-1958

Creating a ‘Usable’ Past: The Legacy of the 1917 Revolution in Modern Russia
by Dr Matthew Rendle

Creating a ‘Usable’ Past: The Legacy of the 1917 Revolution in Modern Russia

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020

This talk explores how Putin’s Russia has attempted a delicate balancing act whilst commemorating the centenary of the 1917 Revolution.

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Creating a ‘Usable’ Past: The Legacy of the 1917 Revolution in Modern Russia

Out of China: How the Chinese ended the era of Western domination.
by Professor Robert Bickers

Out of China: How the Chinese ended the era of Western domination.

Date: Tuesday 10 November 2020

This talk explores Why today’s assertive and economically successful China dwells on its past: why does its history matter?

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Out of China: How the Chinese ended the era of Western domination.

Sugar
by Professor James Walvin

Sugar

Date: Tuesday 24 November 2020

How was sugar transformed from a luxury, to a necessity, then, more recently, to a global health problem – all via the history of slavery?

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Sugar

A Moral Threesome: Florence Nightingale and the Herberts
by Dr Ruscombe Foster

A Moral Threesome: Florence Nightingale and the Herberts

Date: Tuesday 8 December 2020

One of Britain’s greatest heroines owed much to a now largely forgotten glamourous couple: the Herberts of Wilton House.   

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A Moral Threesome: Florence Nightingale and the Herberts

Byzantium and the fall of Constantinople
by Professor Jonathan Harris

Byzantium and the fall of Constantinople

Date: Thursday 7 January 2021

The last days of Byzantium as its impregnable capital city was besieged by the Ottoman Sultan in May 1453.

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Byzantium and the fall of Constantinople

Last Supper in Pompeii
by Professor Paul Roberts

Date: Thursday 21 January 2021

Last Supper in Pompeii celebrates the Roman love affair with food and drink

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Chartism and the Plug Plot Riots of 1840’s
by Brent Shore

Chartism and the Plug Plot Riots of 1840’s

Date: Thursday 4 February 2021

I will consider the topic with reference to the research and writing of my 2019 novel “Blessed are the Meek”.

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Chartism and the Plug Plot Riots of 1840’s

Supermac: The Last Edwardian – a Portrait of Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister
by Andrew Baker

Supermac: The Last Edwardian – a Portrait of Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister

Date: Thursday 18 February 2021

What shaped Macmillan’s character and beliefs; what tragedies beset his personal life; his style, vision, wit and melancholy; his place in history.

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Supermac: The Last Edwardian – a Portrait of Harold Macmillan as Prime Minister

The Making of the Riviera – People and Places
by Julian Halsby

The Making of the Riviera – People and Places

Date: Thursday 4 March 2021

The Riviera became the centre for artists, writers, politicians, musicians and architects as well as the super-rich between 1918 and 1939. I examine their gilded existence

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The Anglo-Saxons
by Dr Marc Morris

The Anglo-Saxons

Date: Thursday 18 March 2021

A discussion on the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons into Britain.

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The Anglo-Saxons