Central London Branch Programme

By Jill Kilsby

Central London Branch Programme 2024-25



President: Vacancy

Honorary Vice-Presidents: Professor David Stevenson, Mrs Chrissie Ganjou

Vice-Chairs: Jill Kilsby, Hedley Sutton

Programme Secretary: Thabo Stuck

Treasurer: Jill Kilsby


Lectures start at 14:00h (2pm) on Saturdays at St. Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, W1D 6AF, Allen Room, first floor (lift available). 

Bus routes 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176 all stop nearby.

Nearest underground stations are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road.

Mainland Rail:  Charing Cross Station is a ten-minute walk.

Lectures are free to H.A. Members - £3 Non-Members. Associate Membership: Individual £12.50 Joint Family £20


For all enquires and for events where pre-booking is required, please contact:

Jill Kilsby MA, MBA,

8 Purley Oaks Road, Sanderstead, Surrey, CR2 ONP

Email: jillkilsby2012@live.co.uk

Tel: 07957 627783



Saturday, 19th October 2024

Remembering the Reformation

Professor Alexandra Walsham

We start the year by welcoming the HA President. Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University.  Her research interests fall within the field of the religious and cultural history of early modern Britain and focus on the immediate impact and long-term repercussions of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations set within their European context.  She has published extensively on a range of themes relating to the period.

Followed by the Branch AGM


Saturday, 7th December 2024

Derek Knights Memorial Lecture

Medieval Women: In their own words

Julian Harrison.

Julian Harrison is Lead Curator of Medieval Historical and Literary Manuscripts at the British Library.  He is one of the curators of the Library’s ‘Medieval Women: In their own words’ exhibition which runs between 25th October 2024 and 2nd March 2025. Previously Julian has helped to curate major exhibitions about Harry Potter, Shakespeare, and Magna Carta.

To be followed by the Branch Christmas Social (Social free to Central London Branch Members; £6 non-Members). Pre-booking for the Christmas Social required for everyone for catering purposes.


Saturday, 1st February 2025

The Global Middle Ages

Professor Catherine Holmes

Professor Catherine Holmes, Professor of Medieval History at Oxford University, is an historian of the politics and the culture of the Mediterranean world, including Byzantium, between the tenth and early fifteenth centuries.  She is particularly interested in frontiers in relations between different religious and ethnic groups, in comparative political culture and in the Global Middle Ages and has written extensively on these themes.


Saturday 29th March 2025

Widows of the Ice

Anne Fletcher

Anne Fletcher is a historian and writer.  She has a successful career in heritage and has worked at some of the most exciting historic sites in the country, including Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Bletchley Park and Tower Bridge.  She is the great-great-great niece of Joseph Hobson Jagger, ‘the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo’ and he is the subject of her book ‘From the Mill to Monte Carlo’.  Her search for his story started with only a photograph, a newspaper article and the lyrics of the famous song.

At our meeting, Anne will be talking about her latest book, a biography of the three women widowed by the expedition of Robert Scott in which she provides an alternative version of a story that we thought we knew.  It’s an example of how looking at history from a new perspective can entirely change the accepted narrative. Scott's widow Kathleen has a direct link to our venue. Her brother Rosslyn Bruce was Vicar of St Anne's for a time.


Saturday, 7th June 2025

Was the Burma campaign 1941-1945 really a forgotten War?

Dr. Philip G. Woods

Dr. Woods is a lecturer at the New York University in London. He has written a number of articles and books, including ‘Reporting the Retreat: War Correspondents in Burma’.