Talks Archive

Programme 2022 - 2023

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

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

Date: Tuesday 27 September 2022

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

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 11 October 2022

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

Dr Marie Stopes: Her life and times (1880-1958)
by David Carter

Dr Marie Stopes: Her life and times (1880-1958)

Date: Tuesday 25 October 2022

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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Dr Marie Stopes: Her life and times (1880-1958)

Great Historical Gardens of Italy
by Mary Jacobsen

Date: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Around Rome and southern Italy are some of the most famous Roman, Antique, High Renaissance, Mannerist and 20th century gardens in Italy, playing an important role in the history of garden design.

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Early modern queens on screen: victors, victims, villains, virgins and viragoes
by Dr Ellie Woodacre

Early modern queens on screen: victors, victims, villains, virgins and viragoes

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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

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

A Moral Threesome: Florence Nightingale and the Herberts

Date: Tuesday 6 December 2022

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

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A Moral Threesome: Florence Nightingale and the Herberts

Dorset and the Civil War
by Richard Warren

Date: Thursday 5 January 2023

This talk explores how Dorset’s experience of the Civil War compared with other areas and connected to the wider conflict by taking a broadly thematic approach.

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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: Thursday 26 January 2023

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

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

Chartism and the Plug Plot Riots of 1840s

Date: Thursday 2 February 2023

The topic will be discussed with reference to the research and writing of Brent’s 2019 novel “Blessed are the Meek”

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Chartism and the Plug Plot Riots of 1840s

The Anglo-Saxons
by Dr Marc Morris

The Anglo-Saxons

Date: Thursday 16 February 2023

A presentation on the turbulent history of the Anglo-Saxons

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The Anglo-Saxons

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

The Making of the Riviera: People and Places

Date: Thursday 2 March 2023

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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Where history meets legend: research and presentation at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
by Dr Susan Greaney

Where history meets legend: research and presentation at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

Date: Thursday 16 March 2023

The intriguing and intertwined stories of history and legend at Tintagel Castle, including recent research and presentation on site

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Where history meets legend: research and presentation at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall