Talks Archive

Programme 2021 - 2022

Æthelstan: the first king of Britain?
by Canon Professor Sarah Foot

Æthelstan: the first king of Britain?

Date: Tuesday 28 September 2021

This talk explores the reign of Æthelstan (924-39) and his claims to hegemony over all the peoples of Britain.

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Æthelstan: the first king of Britain?

Stonehenge in the 20th century: the modern story of an ancient monument
by Susan Greaney

Stonehenge in the 20th century: the modern story of an ancient monument

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2021

The changing history of Stonehenge: private to public ownership, conservation and restoration, excavation and presentation

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Stonehenge in the 20th century: the modern story of an ancient monument

The experiences of Scottish migrants in Imperial Russia
by Michael Davidson

Date: Tuesday 26 October 2021

The Scottish diaspora in Britain and its Empire is well recognised; less so those Scots who travelled to East Europe and 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

This talk focusses on the life and queenship of Elfrida, a leading 10th 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

The wars that started as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11th  September 2001, including the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, proved divisive and inconclusive and have defined the time in which we live.

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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

The plight of refugees has again become a dominant focus of public debate as it was in the aftermath of both World Wars

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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

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

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

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

Date: Thursday 3 February 2022

The Gurkhas are the most feared and respected body of fighting men in the British Army. This talk traces their history from their origins in Nepal in 1815 though to their current operations

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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

From Nowhere to Normandy
by Richard Folkes OBE

From Nowhere to Normandy

Date: Thursday 3 March 2022

The extraordinary creation of the British assault glider-borne force in only three years during WWII, 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

The story of the eccentric Edwardian who introduced cherry blossoms to the West and created new varieties

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