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)

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: Tuesday 8 November 2022

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

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

Byzantium and the fall of Constantinople
by Professor Jonathan Harris

Byzantium and the fall of Constantinople

Date: Thursday 5 January 2023

The last days of Byzantium as the formidable fortifications of its capital city were besieged by the Ottoman Sultan in May 1453

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Byzantium and the fall of Constantinople

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