Battle and District
                 Historical Society


Programme

There is no meeting in August 2018.

Please note that meetings will normally be in the Wynne Room at the Battle Memorial Hall,
generally on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm, but please check the programme as occasionally the venue and day may change.

  

Painting of a BDHS lecture in progress in the Wynne Room by Chris O'Brian



‘The Private Lives of the Tudors’ - Dr Tracy Borman
Date: 18 Oct 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Tracy Borman is a historian and author who regularly appears on TV and radio and is a frequent contributor to history magazines. She is joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Palaces, which manages Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London Kew Palace, the Banqueting House, Whitehall and Hillsborough Castle. She is also Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust which encourages children to visit and learn from historic properties. Note: This lecture will be in the Main Hall
‘Citizen Clem’ - Professor John Bew : Preceded by AGM at 7.00 pm
Date: 15 Nov 2018
Start time: 07:00 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
John Bew is Professor in History and Foreign Policy at King’s College, London. He is a contributing writer to the New Statesman and author of several books including ‘Citizen Clem’ about Clement Atlee which was named a ‘book of the year’ by The Times, The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Spectator and the New Statesman and received the 2017 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography and 2017 Orwell Prize. In 2015 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Politics and International Relations and heads the London think-tank Policy Exchange’s ‘Britain in the World’ Project. Note: the early start at 7 pm to accommodate the AGM.
‘Capability Brown’ - Tom Oliver
Date: 13 Dec 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
President of the Cambridge Union in 1986, Tom Oliver worked in advertising until the mid- 1990’s. He then qualified as a landscape architect, working for the National Trust for five years and later playing a leading part in the New Forest and South Downs National Park Inquiries. From 2003 to 2009, he was Head of Rural Policy at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and then Director of Public Affairs at the Game Conservancy until 2014. He and his wife bought a traditional farm in Herefordshire in 2016 which is now being managed to enhance its landscape and wildlife and protect its archaeology.
‘’ Historical Stories of Battle” - the BDHS Research Group
Date: 17 Jan 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Members will be familiar from 2017 and 2018 with speakers from the Society’s Research Group. This time Keith Foord, Gina Doherty and Neil Clephane-Cameron will have more interesting local research findings to share with members and their guests.
‘Charles the Martyr’ - Professor Jackie Eales
Date: 21 Feb 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Jackie Eales is Professor and Faculty Director of Research at the School of Humanities at the University of Christchurch Canterbury. She is also Director of the John Hayes 1641 Project, which is based on the 1641 poll tax records for Canterbury, and aims to trace the allegiance and experiences of the city’s inhabitants during the Civil Wars. She is also a Trustee and Council Member of the Historical Association.
‘How to Build a Medieval House’ - Stephen Howard Gray
Date: 21 Mar 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Stephen Gray’s career went beyond his first discipline of Architecture to include and often combine the disciplines of Project Management and Historic Building Conservation on buildings from the 14th century through to the 20th century Modern Movement. He has been a trainer for professional staff of the National Trust and the Grosvenor Estate and a visiting lecturer at Bournemouth University School of Conservation Sciences.
‘The Sykes Picot Agreement’ - James Barr
Date: 18 Apr 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
James Barr is a British author of a number of historical works on the Middle East and is currently a visiting fellow at King’s College, London. He studied history at Oxford and then worked in politics in Westminster and the City while pursuing a career as a journalist for the Daily Telegraph. On May 19, 1916, representatives of Great Britain and France secretly reached an accord, which did not take into account the ethnic and religious differences of the Middle East, known as the Sykes-Picot agreement - by which most of the Arab lands under the rule of the Ottoman Empire were to be divided into British and French spheres of influence after WW1.
‘Who really built the Clifton Suspension Bridge’ - Julia Elton
Date: 16 May 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
This lecture explores controversy about Victorian construction projects. For many years, Julia has been an active member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and also of the Newcomen Society for the history of Engineering and Technology, of which she was President 2005-7. She founded Elton Engineering Books in 1985. Her research includes a chapter in the recent biography of Robert Stephenson and numerous entries in the Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers. She has been active in conferences and exhibitions on engineering subjects, including The Brunel Bicentenary Conference in 2006.
‘D-Day 6 June 1944: the Allied Assault on Normandy’ - Brig Hugh Willing
Date: 06 Jun 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Hugh Willing lives in Staplecross and is a member of the Committee of the Society. He was born and spent his early childhood in East Africa, the Seychelles and West Africa. He joined the British Army in 1971 and commanded the First Battalion the Royal Green Jackets in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Among his foreign postings were Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Cyprus and Oman where he was Defence Attaché in the British Embassy. Since his retirement from the Army, he has been a well-known and popular lecturer on a wide range of issues with particular emphasis on Britain’s nautical and colonial legacies. Note: This lecture is on the first Thursday of June to coincide with the actual 75th anniversary of D-Day. It will be held in the Main Hall.
‘The First Moon Landing: the untold story’ - Dr David Baker
Date: 18 Jul 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
David Baker is recognised for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early space program. He joined the program during Apollo and worked to develop advanced concepts for keeping astronauts on the moon for extended periods of time. He later worked on the development of NASA’s space shuttle and during the 1980’s worked on commercialising payloads and to integrate aerospace technologies in India and Asia. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.





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