Bristol Branch Programme

Bristol Branch Programme 2021-22

We have returned to live meetings at Bristol University’s Humanities Department from February 23rd2022  further details on our website and there will not be Zoom recordings until further notice.  All events from February to May will be free for visitors and students


6th October, 7.30pm

Finding Britain

Professor Tim Cole


20th October, 6pm

30 Years of Writing Black British History Books - A Celebration

Dr Stephen Bourne


10th November, 7.30pm

I shall speak not so much as a Member of Parliament as a housewife’: Labour women, welfare feminism and parliamentary politics, 1945-1959

Dr Lyndsey Jenkins Queen Mary’s University of London


24th November 7.30pm

The Story of China - Voices from the Chinese Past

Professor  Michael Wood Professor of Public History Manchester University


1st December, 6pm

Great Debate HA Student Debating Competition Bristol Heat


15th December 7.30pm

From St Paul's Uprising to Black Lives Matter: Activism, Continuity & Change in Bristol

Dr Edson Burton Associate Lecturer University of Bristol



26th January, 7.30pm

Wine through time: a vinous history of Bristol 

Dr Evan Jones Associate Professor of Economic History University of Bristol

(This lecture was substituted with a lecture on Bristol and the Plague by Dr Jones  due to Covid restrictions)


23rd February, 7.30pm

Sugar, Silk and Slaves: English Women's Participation in 17th Century Colonialism

Dr Misha Ewen Curator of Inclusive History at the Historic Royal Palaces


4th March, 7.30pm

The Decline and Fall of the British Motorcycle Empire as a case study in British Industrial Decline

Rob Pritchard Treasurer of the Bristol Branch of the Historical Association


23rd March, 7.30pm

The Anglo Saxons ‘The Beginnings of England’  

Dr Marc Morris historian and broadcaster


28th April, 7.30pm – Thursday not our usual Wednesday

Towards a more representative GCSE History curriculum, or the rise of Hitler in three women

Ed Durbin

(This an event will be on Zoom specifically for teachers book a place with no later than 26th April


Easter Holidays – 4th – 25th April

4th May, 7.30pm   

Lenin and Russia

Dr Catherine Merridale  Award-winning writer and historian.  Author of Lenin on the Train and Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History  Fellow of the British Academy.

11th May, 7.30pm  

The Successful Reign of Mary Tudor

Professor Ronald Hutton University of Bristol



Annual branch membership was  £10 for all members paying before end of July 2021.  All lectures are free to National HA members. University of Bristol staff & all students. Since going live there will be no charge for visitors attending our final lectures in March-May 2022.  Further details are available on our website, Facebook and Twitter feed.

For any branch queries please contact Mary Feerick on 0117 9442896 or email