Talks Archive

Programme 2024-2025

Mapping Dorset’s Historic Buildings
by Michael Hill

Mapping Dorset’s Historic Buildings

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2024

From country houses to churches and towns, Michael Hill has been researching Dorset historic buildings, the results published in three books

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Mapping Dorset’s Historic Buildings

What makes Putin tick, and why he invaded the Ukraine
by Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2024

Putin’s influences and experience in his formative years and how they have shaped his attitudes today.

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What makes Putin tick, and why he invaded the Ukraine

The Santiago Camino and its Architecture
by Dr Rose Walker

The Santiago Camino and its Architecture

Date: Tuesday 22 October 2024

This talk will present the Santiago group of churches on the pilgrimage roads and the twelfth-century ‘Pilgrim’s Guide’.

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The Santiago Camino and its Architecture

The significance and impact of the Hampton Court Conference of 1604
by Dr Mark Byford

The significance and impact of the Hampton Court Conference of 1604

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2024

How James I’s ecclesiastical policy helped shape the early history of  Britain and its American colonies

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The significance and impact of the Hampton Court Conference of 1604

Waterloo Remembered: Celebration, Commemoration & Commercialisation since 1815
by Dr Russ Foster

Waterloo Remembered: Celebration, Commemoration & Commercialisation since 1815

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2024

A journey through two centuries of art, poetry, statues, national rivalries and competing narratives of ‘England’s’ greatest feat of arms

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Waterloo Remembered: Celebration, Commemoration & Commercialisation since 1815

Stonehenge: Antiquaries and Artists
by Professor Sam Smiles

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2024

Artistic responses to Stonehenge are many and varied. This talk explores their purposes and meaning.

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Stonehenge: Antiquaries and Artists

Henry VI and the Origins of the Wars of the Roses
by Dr James Ross

Henry VI and the Origins of the Wars of the Roses

Date: Thursday 9 January 2025

Henry VI, how his priorities as king led to the collapse of political society and the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses.

 

 

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Henry VI and the Origins of the Wars of the Roses

The Almshouse in Britain: an Architectural History
by Matthew Saunders

Date: Thursday 23 January 2025

The story of housing the needy in buildings of beauty and presence over the last 1,000 years

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The Almshouse in Britain: an Architectural History

Hero or Traitor: The Trial of Marshal Petain
by Professor Julian Jackson

Date: Thursday 6 February 2025

The talk will examine the history of resistance and collaboration in Occupied France through the prism of the trial of Marshal Petain in 1945

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Hero or Traitor: The Trial of Marshal Petain

Franklin Roosevelt, George VI and the British Royal Visit to the United States in 1939
by Professor Tony McCulloch

Franklin Roosevelt, George VI and the British Royal Visit to the United States in 1939

Date: Thursday 20 February 2025

An examination of FDR’s role in master-minding the royal visit to the US in June 1939 and the visit’s significance for the origins of the Anglo-American ‘special relationship’.

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Franklin Roosevelt, George VI and the British Royal Visit to the United States in 1939

Sex and Christianity: Getting the History Right
by Rev. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch

Date: Thursday 6 March 2025

Diarmaid MacCulloch tells a three-thousand-year-long story of Christians encountering sex, gender and the family, with noises off from their sacred texts.

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Sex and Christianity: Getting the History Right

Sherborne’s Castles
by Dr John Goodall

Sherborne’s Castles

Date: Thursday 20 March 2025

The lecture will look at the architecture of the castles in Sherborne and their connection

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Sherborne’s Castles