Talks Archive

Programme 2021 - 2022

Æthelstan the first king of Britain?
by Professor Sarah Foot

Æthelstan the first king of Britain?

Date: Tuesday 28 September 2021

The reign of Æthelstan, first king of England, and his claims to hegemony over all the peoples of Britain

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Æthelstan the first king of Britain?

The Habsburgs
by Professor Elaine Fulton

The Habsburgs

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021

This talk focusses on the Habsburg dynasty in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, at the peak of its power

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The Habsburgs

The experiences of Scottish migrants in Imperial Russia
by Michael Davidson

Date: Tuesday 26 October 2021

An overview of Scottish migrants’ experiences of and contributions to Imperial Russia

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The experiences of Scottish migrants in Imperial Russia

Elfrida, The First Crowned Queen of England
by Dr Elizabeth Norton

Elfrida, The First Crowned Queen of England

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2021

The life and queenship of Elfrida, the first woman crowned as queen of England and a leading tenth century figure

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Elfrida, The First Crowned Queen of England

The Wars of 9/11
by General Sir Robert Fry

The Wars of 9/11

Date: Tuesday 23 November 2021

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

Refugees and the History of the 20th Century
by Professor Peter Gatrell

Refugees and the History of the 20th Century

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2021

This lecture proposes a history that examines the circumstances, actions and trajectories of refugees in different times and places

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Refugees and the History of the 20th Century

‘Deeds not Words’: The Militant Suffragette Movement and My Lancashire Grandmother
by Dr. Jane Crozier

‘Deeds not Words’: The Militant Suffragette Movement and My Lancashire Grandmother

Date: Thursday 6 January 2022

An exploration of the final years, 1903 – 1914, in the fight for women’s suffrage, using a piece of family history to illuminate the bigger picture

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‘Deeds not Words’: The Militant Suffragette Movement and My Lancashire Grandmother

Britain’s Gurkhas, Their Place in Our History and Our Future
by David G Hayes CBE

Britain’s Gurkhas, Their Place in Our History and Our Future

Date: Thursday 3 February 2022

Britain’s Gurkhas have served in our nation’s wars for 215 years, this talk describes their origins in Nepal to their current operations

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From Nowhere to Normandy
by Richard Folkes OBE

From Nowhere to Normandy

Date: Thursday 3 March 2022

The rise of the British Assault Glider Force between 1940 and 1944 culminating in the coup de main at Pegasus Bridge on D-Day

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From Nowhere to Normandy

‘Cherry’ Ingram—The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms
by Naoko Abe

‘Cherry’ Ingram—The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

Date: Thursday 17 March 2022

A talk about Collingwood Ingram who introduced Japanese cherry blossoms to the West and created new varieties.

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‘Cherry’ Ingram—The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

From Caravels to Carnations
by Christopher Massy-Beresford

From Caravels to Carnations

Date: Thursday 20 January 2022

The development of Portugal’s trading empire over three centuries and its sudden end only 45 years ago

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From Caravels to Carnations

Sugar
by Professor James Walvin

Sugar

Date: Thursday 17 February 2022

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