Plymouth Branch Programme

By Alan H. Cousins

Plymouth Branch Programme 2021-22




Lecture Programme 2021/2022



Tuesday 5 October 2021   

Inventing the Russian Revolution: Conceptualising Revolution in the Print Culture of 1917

Dr Matthew Rendle (University of Exeter)


Tuesday 19 October 2021   Zoomed

The Nature of Imperial Trade: Ecology and Exchange in Europe’s Empires

Professor Corey Ross (University of Birmingham)


Tuesday 2 November 2021

The voyages of Captain Cook and the exploration of the Pacific Ocean

Philip Nicholas Trust Maritime History Lecture

Dr John McAleer (University of Southampton)


Tuesday 16 November 2021

The Role of Plymouth & Dartmoor in the War of 1812

Barbie Thompson (History Researcher, Plymouth U3A)


Followed by the AGM


Tuesday 1 February 2022

China’s Forgotten Partition: the Great Northwestern Muslim Rebellion (1860-1874) and its Legacies

Dr Hannah Theaker  (Plymouth University) 



Tuesday 15 March 2022

Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture

A Biographer’s Tale

Dr Nadine Akkerman (University of Leiden) 


Tuesday  22 March 2022

The Crisis of the Meritocracy: How Popular Demand (not Politicians) Made Britain a Mass Education Society

Prof. Peter Mandler (Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge)

President Historical Association



Tuesday 26 April

Beyond Whataboutery: Rural Britain and Empire

Professor Corinne Fowler (University of Leicester)   





Tuesday 10 May 2022        [date to be confirmed]

HMS Amethyst & Wrecks in the Plymouth Sound

Mallory Haas (Chief Archaeologist, 3H Consulting Ltd., & Director of The SHIPS Project)


Tuesday 17 May 2022 

Lower Tamar Crossings: a Historical View

Les Deering (Heritage Guide, Tamar AONB)


Saturday 21 May 2022

Walk -  Crossings between Plymouth and Saltash

Led by Les Deering (Heritage Guide, Tamar AONB)

    (details to follow in due course)


This is a joint programme in collaboration with the History Department at Plymouth University.


Meetings are open to all, and are:

Free for national or local members of the Historical Association, and for University of Plymouth students.

Visitor tickets: £6.00, concessions £4.00.



Booking for lectures:

The easiest approach is to book tickets online:


Otherwise phone the Arts Institute Plymouth University T: 01752 585050


Or email -



All talks start at 7.00 p.m., and (EXCEPT for October 19 - zoomed) are held in:

Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth  PL4 8AA.

Circumstances may mean that one or more of the talks in the series will need to be streamed online.


Local Historical Association membership:


To keep in touch you can become a member of the Plymouth branch.


Membership secretary:   John Stead, 2 Jessops, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 4HW

Local membership rates:

Individual membership: £8;   Family membership: £12;   Student membership: £4



Plymouth HA contact: Alan H. Cousins, 3 Fore Street, St Germans, Cornwall  PL12 5NR


Tel. 01503 230106