Talks Archive

Programme 2019 - 2020

Why didn’t Britain go either Fascist or Communist between the two world wars?
by Professor Lawrence Goldman

Why didn’t Britain go either Fascist or Communist between the two world wars?

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2019

A talk that compares British historical experience with that on the continent of Europe between 1918 and 1939

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Why didn’t Britain go either Fascist or Communist between the two world wars?

The Diet of Worms 1521
by Professor Elaine Fulton

The Diet of Worms 1521

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019

This talk will explore the significance of the Diet of Worms, when Martin Luther defied Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

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The Diet of Worms 1521

Cottages Ornés: The Charms of the Simple Life
by Roger White

Cottages Ornés: The Charms of the Simple Life

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2019

The cottage orné, or ornamental cottage, is an English invention of the mid-18th century and is the only architectural genre to cover the entire social spectrum.

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Cottages Ornés: The Charms of the Simple Life

The Royal Hospital Chelsea: a brief history
by John Rochester

The Royal Hospital Chelsea: a brief history

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2019

The Royal Hospital Chelsea; over three centuries of service to old soldiers, the Army and the nation.

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The Royal Hospital Chelsea: a brief history

Lawrence of Arabia’s War
by Dr Neil Faulkner FSA

Lawrence of Arabia’s War

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

An analysis of the war in Egypt, Arabia, Palestine, and Syria between 1914 and 1918, with particular focus on the character, role, and achievements of T E Lawrence.

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Lawrence of Arabia’s War

Dutch Courage & Mothers’ Ruin: The Gin Craze
by Dr Richard Barnett

Dutch Courage & Mothers’ Ruin: The Gin Craze

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2019

We’ll take a walk down Hogarth’s ‘Gin Lane’, exploring the realities behind this notorious episode of Enlightenment history.

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Dutch Courage & Mothers’ Ruin: The Gin Craze

Britain and Meiji Japan
by Mr Adrian Thorpe CMG FRSA

Britain and Meiji Japan

Date: Thursday 9 January 2020

British involvement in the modernisation of Japan, the end of the Shogunate and its replacement by rule by the Emperor

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Britain and Meiji Japan

History of rope, hemp, twine and sail in the South West
by Ross Aitken

History of rope, hemp, twine and sail in the South West

Date: Thursday 6 February 2020

Its place in world trade and importance in national and local history

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History of rope, hemp, twine and sail in the South West

From Foundry to Foreign Office: the Life of Arthur Henderson (1863-1935), Labour Party Leader
by Professor Andrew Thorpe

From Foundry to Foreign Office: the Life of Arthur Henderson (1863-1935), Labour Party Leader

Date: Thursday 20 February 2020

The life of one of Labour’s founders, touching on party politics, trade unionism, Methodism, and international relations between the wars

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From Foundry to Foreign Office: the Life of Arthur Henderson (1863-1935), Labour Party Leader

The Reign of Æthelred the Unready: A View from Sherborne
by Dr Levi Roach

The Reign of Æthelred the Unready: A View from Sherborne

Date: Thursday 5 March 2020

An exciting revisionist perspective on the reign of one of England’s most notorious kings, emphasising the important role of Sherborne and its abbey in these years

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The Reign of Æthelred the Unready: A View from Sherborne

Early Modern Queens on Screen: Victors, Victims, Villains, Virgins and Viragoes
by Dr Elena (Ellie) Woodacre

Early Modern Queens on Screen: Victors, Victims, Villains, Virgins and Viragoes

Date: Thursday 19 March 2020

This talk highlights the range of typologies or stereotypes employed to depict the lives of early modern queens on film

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Early Modern Queens on Screen: Victors, Victims, Villains, Virgins and Viragoes