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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.  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


4th June

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

Dr Sue Bruley, University of Portsmouth


For further details, search the Historical Association website at:


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