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Historical Association (Portsmouth Branch) lecture programme 2017-18

Dr James Thomas, Reader in History at the University of Portsmouth, coordinates events for the Portsmouth Branch of the Historical Association.  Talks meet in the University’s Park Building, room 2.07, at 7.00 pm and finish by 8.30 pm.  There are some exciting talks coming up, including, on the 14th November, one on the Russian Revolution, by our School’s own Dr Paul Flenley

For further details, contact James.Thomas@port.ac.uk or search the Historical Association website at:


All welcome.  Hope to see you there!



10th October Operation Tadpole, Dr John Bevan, the Diving Museum, diver and author

The British anti-sabotage operations against the Italin frogmen attacks in Gibraltar during WWII.


14th November, The 1917 Russian Revolution; How Lenin took power, Dr Paul Flenley, University of Portsmouth

Was October 1917 a revolution nor coup? Changing views on how Lenin and the Bolsheviks came to power


12th December Shipwrecks around the British Isles, Alexandra Hildred, Head of Research, Mary Rose Trust

A member of the archaeology team who dived on the Mary Rose and many other wrecks has tales of diving and the artefacts discovered.




9th January Are English liberties a Danish gift? The constitutional significance of Cnut’s 101 Oxford peace accord, Neil McGougall, local historian and researcher.

The significance of the late-Saxon period is examined using available records


13th February, The Strange Afterlives of Captain Cook, Dr John McAleer, University of Southamton

The 250th anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific prompts this examination of this naval man.


13th March  Southampton’s people and their possessions 1250-1500, Prof. Chris Woolgar, University of Southampton

Professor Woolgar’s current research centres on the objects of daily life, their significance and the meaning of material culture in later Middle Ages.


8th May AGM + Representation of the People Act 1918, Prof. Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, King’s College, London, TBC.

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