Battle and District
                 Historical Society


Programme

Meetings are normally 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 2019-2020 Programme is below.

Please note that the first meeting of the Society's new year will be on the SECOND Thursday 12th September 2019, the Thursday 21 November meeting will start at 7PM to accomodate the AGM, and the December meeting will be on the FIRST Thursday 5 December, followed by Christmas refreshments!




‘Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather’ by Ms Tessa Boase
Date: 12 Sep 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Tessa Boase grew up in the Ashdown Forest, Sussex, studied English at Oxford, Italian in Florence, and has worked for a variety of magazines and national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph. As a freelance journalist she's written widely on society, the environment, the food chain, and the link between all three. As a narrative non-fiction author, her interests lie in uncovering stories of invisible women from the 19th and early 20th-centuries. Tessa’s latest book, ‘Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather’, celebrates the forgotten female founders of the RSPB. She lives with her family in St Leonards-on-Sea.
‘Nineteenth Century Naval Defences in the British Empire’ by Mr Jonathan Coad
Date: 17 Oct 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Jonathan Coad is a former Inspector of Ancient Monuments. From 2005 to 2012 he was chairman of the HMS Victory Advisory Technical Committee; has written numbers of guidebooks for English Heritage properties and has lectured extensively on the latter and on the Royal Navy’s built heritage at home and abroad. He is former President of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
AGM followed by ‘Origins of East and West Sussex’ by Mr Christopher Whittick
Date: 21 Nov 2019
Start time: 07:00 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Christopher Whittick, who is one of BDHS' Vice-Presidents, is the County Archivist of East Sussex and has served with the County Council for 40 years. He is Chairman of the Trustees of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Artworkers Guild. He regularly teaches palaeography and local history at the Universities of Sussex, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Keele, and has recently completed his catalogue of the Battle Abbey archive at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. Members will receive AGM papers in advance of this meeting
‘Henry VIII’s Gangster’ by Dr Robert Hutchinson, followed by Christmas Party
Date: 05 Dec 2019
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:30 PM
Robert Hutchinson is a historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in the history of the Reformation, especially church archaeology, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has published numerous papers for learned journals and his books include works on Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, the Spanish Armada and Colonel Blood.
‘Writing a Biography of William the Conqueror’ by Professor David Bates
Date: 16 Jan 2020
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
David Bates, the new President of the Society, is a renowned historian of Britain and France from the 10th to the 13th century. He has written many articles and books, the most recent being a radical revision of William the Conqueror, and is currently working on further innovative approaches to the history of northern Europe during the period. He also has a notable record of editing volumes based on conference proceedings which have contributed to the well-being of the discipline, including three Battle Conferences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research.
‘Thomas Brassey 1805-1870’ by Ms Lucinda Fraser
Date: 20 Feb 2020
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Lucinda Fraser is a fifth generation descendant of Thomas Brassey, who was responsible for building much of the world’s railways in the nineteenth century. Lucinda lives at Mountfield Court which has been in the Egerton family since 1863. Her great-grandfather, Charles Augustus Egerton, married Mabelle Brassey, the granddaughter of Thomas Brassey, who lived at Normanhurst in Catsfield.
‘Landscapes of Conquest: the Normans in Southern Italy’ by Dr Leonie Hicks
Date: 19 Mar 2020
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Leonie Hicks is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Christchurch Canterbury and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research interests lie in the social, cultural and religious history of Europe in the central middle ages, especially the Normans, religious life and gender. Her approach is informed by both historical and archaeological methodologies as well as theory relating to the use and importance of space/place.
‘Fatal Colours – Wars of the Roses leading to the Battle of Towton’ by G Goodwin
Date: 16 Apr 2020
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
George Goodwin is author of three highly acclaimed books, including Fatal Colours on Henry VI and the Wars of the Roses and Fatal Rivalry, on Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle of Flodden. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; and the Royal Society of Arts. He is the 2019 Dr William M. and Betty H. Busey Family Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
‘Mrs Thatcher’s Secret Wars’ by Professor Clive Bloom
Date: 14 May 2020
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Clive Bloom is Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University. He has been a historical consultant to the BBC and a number of national and international newspapers (for some of which he is an occasional feature writer) on the G20 and the summer riots in Britain, 2011. He regularly broadcasts on television and radio. His latest publications include 'Thatcher’s Secret War: Subversion, Coercion, Secrecy and Government, 1974-90’ which was listed for the Bread and Roses radical book of the year.
‘Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ by Mr Giles Milton
Date: 18 Jun 2020
Start time: 07:30 PM
End time: 09:00 PM
Giles Milton is an internationally best-selling writer whose books have been published in over twenty languages worldwide. His works of non-fiction include Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, an account of the struggle between the English and Dutch over the world supply of nutmeg in the early 17th Century; D-Day: the soldier’s story, telling the events of 6 June 1944; and Fascinating Footnotes from History, highlighting little known facts on international history.
‘Turkish Pirates in Kent in the Seventeenth Century’ by Professor Jackie Eales
Date: 16 Jul 2020
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.





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