Bedford Branch Programme

Bedford Branch Programme 2023-24


All enquiries to James Collett-White tel: 01234 266839  email:

All live lectures are held at 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated) at The Chapter House, St Peter’s Church De Pary’s Avenue, Bedford, MK40 2TX

Zoom talks (in winter months) at 7 for 7.30. Members of the Branch will be given access number; otherwise contact as above.

Associate branch membership £10 per year. Talks free to national HA members and students, visitors £3.


Monday September 11 at 2.30 Live

Branch AGM:


Thursday 28 September Live

Alan Marchant Making a Superpower - The Stalinist Revolution 1928-1945

Alan is a local lecturer with particular interest in Russia


Thursday 12 October Live

Dr David Crankshaw 'The Coronation of King Charles III in Historical Perspective'

David is a Lecturer in the History of Early Modern Christianity at King's College London.


Friday 20 October Live


Professor Alex Walsham *CANCELLED* Remembering the Reformation *CANCELLED*


Alex is the new President of the HA. She is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge and an expert on the Sixteenth Century.


Thursday 9 November on Zoom

Robert Thurston 1794- Saving  the New Republic: the Suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion and Victory in the Indian Wars

Robert is Emeritus Professor at Miami University of Ohio and a lively speaker on the early days of the USA

Thursday February 15 for 7 for 7.30 on Zoom

Andrew Bamford How and Why Ukraine Became Independent in 1991

Andrew is a local speaker and his talk on an important issue of the day is eagerly anticipated.


Thursday 21 March 2024 Live

Frank Livesay Why did the Roman Empire become Christian?

Frank is a well-known local speaker who will address one of the key questions of the latter Roman Empire.


Thursday 11 April 2024 Live

Prof Alexandra Walsham (Emmanuel College, Cambridge) Remembering the Reformation

Professor Alexandra Walsham is the President of the Historical Association, and will reflect on a major episode in Western European history.