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.



‘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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