Talks Archive

Programme 2014 - 2015

by Dr Paul Roberts

Date: Tuesday 23 September 2014

A fascinating insight emerges into everyday life in the Roman Empire's best preserved city

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The Norman Conquest
by Dr Marc Morris

Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014

Not only the famous events of 1066 will be re-examined but also their wider impact on England’s development.

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Who’s coming from where? Different perspectives on the English Reformation
by Canon Eric Woods, Vicar of Sherborne

Date: Tuesday 28 October 2014

This great religious, social and political revolution in sixteenth century England has been totally re-written by modern Historians. How? And why?

(NB The text of Canon Eric Wood's talk is included below)


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Turnpikes and Coaching Days
by Rob Curtis

Date: Tuesday 11 November 2014

The thrills and spills of travel in the South West before the modern era!

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Surgery during the Napoleonic Wars
by Mick Crumplin

Date: Tuesday 25 November 2014

Himself a retired Surgeon, with a life-long interest in surgey during the Napoleonic Wars, Mick Crumplin delivers an exciting talk highlighting the reality of war

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Good King Hal (Henry VIII)
by Mike Farley

Date: Tuesday 9 December 2014

Living History --- memorable Christmas Entertainment from a talented local Henry VIII 'look-alike' re-enactor

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Cecil Beaton: My Fashionable Life
by Dr Ben Wild

Date: Sunday 11 January 2015

Beaton's personal style and legacy to 20th century male fashion are analysed in this pioneering talk by a member of the History Department of Sherborne School

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Religion in 18th century England
by Dr Colin Haydon

Date: Thursday 22 January 2015

A key century of change was shaped by the Church of England, developments in Roman Catholicism and Non-conformity and the continuing strength of popular superstition and magic

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Women in the RNLI
by Sue Hennessy

Date: Thursday 5 February 2015

The hitherto unknown story of the heroic role of women in saving lives at sea

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Lady of the Palms and Paddy Fields: The life and work of Diana Ruth Wilson (1886-1969)
by Elizabeth Bletsoe

Date: Sunday 15 February 2015

A Sherborne Watercolourist in early 20th century, who made remarkable botanical drawings in India as a pioneer scientist and conservationist.

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Ramsay MacDonald: Traitor or Hero?
by Professor Andrew Thorpe

Date: Sunday 15 March 2015

‘Ramsay Mac’ led Labour into its first Governments (1924 & 1929-31) but also to the disastrous 1931 split.  He then headed the National Government (1931-5).  Can he be forgiven by History?

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Sir Walter Raleigh
by Dr Mark Nicholls

Date: Thursday 19 March 2015

The famous Elizabethan (and resident of Sherborne) is put under the spotlight of modern research

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