Battle and District
                 Historical Society


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 below as occasionally the venue and day may change.

Note March meeting on 4th Thursday : 22 March

The latest newsletter will also contain additional information (click on menu, left to find it!)


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

‘The Forgotten Princesses of Edward I’ by Louise Wilkinson
Date: 15 Feb 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Louise Wilkinson is Professor of Medieval History at Department of History and American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. Previously, she spent nearly five years working at the National Archives as a Research Fellow. She has published several books on medieval women and the family. Her current research focuses on the involvement of aristocratic and royal women in thirteenth century political life.
‘Preventative Squadron & the W.Africa Slave Trade 1819-1860 by H Willing
Date: 22 Mar 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
**Note CHANGE OF DATE** 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
‘Tales, Titbits and Trivia of Sussex and Kent’ by Chris McCooey
Date: 19 Apr 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Chris McCooey is a freelance journalist, photographer and author, having contributed articles on gardening and travel to The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and Daily Express. He has also written a number of local history books. He was educated at Oxford University and spent a number of years living and working in Japan.
‘Dung heap to the stars: a history of early gunpowder’ by Kay Douglas Smith
Date: 17 May 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Kay Douglas Smith worked for many years for the Royal Armouries and is an expert on medieval artillery. She is co-editor of the ICOMAM Magazine (International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History) and a consultant with Basiliscoe, a consultancy for museums and heritage organisations. This is the Springford Memorial Lecture.
‘Henry the Navigator’ by Imogen Corrigan
Date: 21 Jun 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Imogen Corrigan is an expert in medieval history. Following an army career of nearly twenty years, she graduated from Kent University in 2004 and since then has run a number of lecture/study tours in the UK and Europe, covering 1000 years of history and a geographical area from North Cape to Marrakesh and from Ireland across to Constantinople.
‘Benjamin Franklin: British life of American’s Founding Father’ by G Goodwin
Date: 19 Jul 2018
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
George Goodwin is author of three highly acclaimed books, the latest being on Benjamin Franklin. He is Honorary Author in Residence at Benjamin Franklin House in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a history graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge. This is the Robertson Memorial Lecture

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