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Historical Association (Portsmouth Branch) lecture programme 2018-19

Dr James Thomas, recently retired Reader in History at Portsmouth, coordinates lectures for the Portsmouth Branch of the Historical Association.  Apart from the event on 11 June (see below for full details), all lectures begin at 7 p.m. and finish by 8.30 p.m. and are held in Park Building, Room 2.07, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ.  Details of parking, etc., can be found on the Portsmouth Branch website or for further information, please contact the Portsmouth Branch Secretary, phil_aspey@hotmail.com (a former History student of the University of Portsmouth!).  Local members: £5 (October to May).  Visitors: £1 per talk.  Students free. 

All welcome.  Hope to see you there!


9th October

Richard III: Strategy and Foresight

Professor Michael Hicks, University of Winchester

13th November

Sex, Shrubberies and Symphonies: Pleasure Gardens 1660 – 1880.

Dr Jonathan Conlin, University of Southampton


11th December

20,000 Feet above the Western Front: Britain’s Aerial War, 1917 – 18

Professor Adrian Smith, University of Southampton


8th January

Errant Saints: sex, scandal and religion in the mid-seventeenth century

Dr Fiona McCall, University of Portsmouth

19th February

‘Gone with the Wind’ – a great book?

Professor Tony Badger, President of the Historical Association

12th March

Hardly a man’s work at this time: the Portsmouth Military Service Tribunal

James Daly, University of Southampton

14th May: AGM and Lecture:

From Bishop’s Cannings to Portsmouth, via the Pacific: The Career of William Bayly (1738-1810)

Dr James Thomas, University of Portsmouth

11th June

The Hidden History of a Naval Town: Women’s Activism in Portsmouth since 1960*

Dr Sue Bruley, University of Portsmouth

*PLEASE NOTE: This lecture starts at 5pm and will be held in the Menuhin Room, Portsmouth Central Library, PO1 2DX. Admission is free to all.

For further details, search the Historical Association website at:


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