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Recordings of previous lectures:

Please follow the links below to access the recordings of previous lectures and feedback forms.

Reading Lists

  • Were the Peasants really Revolting? The Great Revolt of 1381 and its Aftermath by Dr Claire Kennan. Please follow this link to access a reading list put together by our speaker Dr Kennan

Upcoming Historic-All Lectures

October 2021:

  • Monday 11th October​, 4-5pm: Dr Nicholas Zair​, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Cambridge University. 

Pompeii in its own words​ 

Pompeii was buried in ash by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, preserving the houses, possessions, and even bodies of its inhabitants. But it also preserved thousands of words: carved, painted, scratched into walls. In this talk Dr Zair will discuss what sort of information we can get from these ancient writings, in particular about how Pompeii went from being an enemy of Rome to a 'typical' Roman town; about the society and culture of Pompeii; and about literacy and education. 

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November 2021:

  • Wednesday 10th November​, 4-5pm: Dr Marjorie Gehrhardt​, University of Reading.

Commemorating the First World War: Then and Now​ 

From the two-minute silence on Remembrance Day to the Cenotaph in London, and from wearing poppies to visiting installations such as the 2014 ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, many practices, places and exhibits find their origins in the First World War. This talk will explore how various commemorative activities and objects shape our understanding of the conflict, what functions they fulfil and how they have evolved over time. 

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  • Monday 15th November​, 4-5pm: Dr Elaine Murphy​​, Associate Professor of Maritime History, University of Plymouth​.

Danger and Excitement: The Experiences of Women during the British Civil Wars of the 1640s 

‘I dread the sea so much, that the very thought of it frightens me’: Queen Henrietta Maria wrote these words in 1642 to her husband King Charles I. During the Civil Wars she risked her life on multiple occasions to aid the royalist cause. In February 1643 a parliamentarian fleet fired on her at Bridlington near Newcastle. The queen described how: before I could get out of bed, the balls were whistling on me in such style that you may easily believe I loved not such music. As the experiences of Queen Henrietta Maria show the 1640s was a time of danger for many women. Others found excitement and opportunities during the conflict. This paper examines the experiences of women during the Civil Wars ranging from members of the royal family and nobles ladies to ordinary women. It will look at their interactions with military forces especially when their towns and homes came under attack and how some women took up arms to fight for each side. It will also consider the ways women engaged in the political and religious life of the country. As a maritime historian I will also explore some of the ways in which women went to sea during the war and the risks they ran. 

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Historic-All Lecture Update- now weekly!

Thank you all for your support of our free public lecture programme so far. Originally, we intended to host these monthly but due to the current lockdown we have decided to host at least one a week during this Half Term. We hope that these lectures will help students and the wider community during this period of remote working, and we are incredibly grateful to all the speakers who agreed to take part at late notice. 

For this academic year, all lectures will be online and shared via Microsoft Teams. Details about how to join the events (free of charge) will be available via the school website and via Twitter: @Historic_All

Our monthly scheduled lectures will still continue from March.

The aim of these lectures is multifaceted: they expose our students and the wider community to academics and scholarly debate, and they are intended for History teachers to continue to build subject knowledge, but most importantly they foster a love and interest in the subject. This also fits in with our wider school remit of being a Village College, inspired by the ideas of Henry Morris, in which schools should act as a community hub and that education is a lifelong process. Everyone is welcome- spread the word!

Thank you for all your help and please do get in touch if you have any questions. 

Best wishes,

Miss Angell

Q & As

A number of historians have very kindly answered a range of questions about their work and interests.

Dr R Aitken

Dr A Holmes-Henderson

Prof P Mandler

S Bennett Connolly

Dr A Keil

J Robinson

C Cooper

Dr C Kennan

S P Sivasundaram

Prof M Gaskill

Dr H Lyon

Dr D L Smith

Prof R Gildea