Branch History

Some of the branches of the HA have existed since the HA was formed in 1906 – they have survived World Wars, Cold Wars, recessions and so many Secretaries of State for Education that they have lost count. The branch records are themselves now a history of learning about and finding history interesting. To find out about the history of your branch read the articles below.

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  • Isle of Wight Branch 60th Anniversary

    12th September 2010

    Sixty Years On Although the Historical Association was formed in 1906 sixteen years elapsed before a branch was established on the Isle of Wight.  From the HA's archives, stored   at Nottingham University, the annual reports indicate the Branch was formed in June 1922 and by the end of the first...

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  • Lincolnshire Branch History

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    Brief History of the Lincolnshire Branch.When  the branch was founded There was a successful branch of the Historical Association in Lincolnshire after World War Two, centred in Boston, and run by staff from the schools there. In 1999, when I moved to Lincolnshire, I discovered there was no longer a...

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  • Manchester (with Liverpool and Chester) Branch History

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    The Branch is proud of its role in the foundation of the Historical Association in 1906.  Professor Thomas Frederick Tout and others at Manchester University had been discussing the idea of forming an Association to promote the teaching of a more relevant and vibrant form of history than was currently...

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  • Manchester Branch History

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    Manchester Branch is proud of its role in the foundation of the Historical Association (HA) in 1906.  Professor Thomas Frederick Tout and others at Manchester University had been discussing the idea of forming an Association to promote the teaching of a more relevant and vibrant form of history than was...

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  • Nottingham Branch History

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    A major feature of the Historical Association's branches has been their strong links with a variety of voluntary organisations focused on, or with interests in, history.  The Association's initial aims drawn up in June 1906 included 'Co-operation for common objects with the English Association, the Geographical Association, the Modern Language...

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  • Nuneaton Branch History

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    The  Nuneaton Branch of the H.A. was originally founded in November 1919 as one part of a county wide Warwickshire branch.  Instrumental in this was the editor of the Nuneaton Chronicle, Albert Francis Cross, assisted by local doctor turned local historian, Edward Nason. After this arrangement ended Nuneaton was re-founded...

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  • Portsmouth Branch History

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    Portsmouth Branch of the Historical Association: a Partial Synopsis.Portsmouth's Branch "Minutes Book No. 2" of the years 1946 -1981 is in the city Record Office. It records a Jubilee Dinner held in 1974: so the Branch was founded in 1924. Sadly, no "Minutes Book No. 1" has come to light....

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  • President Visits Bolton Historical Association

    24th October 2010

    The Bolton branch of the Historical Association was very pleased to host an evening with the Association president, Professor Anne Curry.  An audience of fifty people gathered on 1st November 2010 to hear Professor Curry speak on ‘Soldiers, Poets and Peasants in the Late Fourteenth Century'.  The detailed lecture examined...

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  • Re-Launch of Cambridge Branch

    18th June 2015

    Special Event: Sir Richard Evans on Hitler After two years in abeyance, the Cambridge Branch of the HA has a new committee and is running again.  The committee are in the process of preparing a full range of events for next year, with several speakers already confirmed, including Tracy Borman on...

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  • Reading Branch History

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    Brief outline history of the Reading Branch of the Historical Association Reading is one of the places to have had a branch before the First World War, between 1908 and 1911 as was shown in The Historian, ‘The Branches of the Historical Association 1906-2006'. The story of the current Reading...

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  • Reading Branch History

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    Brief outline history of the Reading Branch of the Historical AssociationReading is one of the places to have had a branch before the First World War, between 1908 and 1911 as was shown in The Historian, ‘The Branches of the Historical Association 1906-2006'. The story of the current Reading Branch,...

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  • Richmond & Twickenham Branch History 1964-2011

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    Richmond & Twickenham Branch History 1964-2011In 1964 some members of the historical Association, mostly from the West London branch, met at Maria Grey Training College in Isleworth to set up a new branch for the Richmond & Twickenham area. A Provisional Committee was formed with George Bartle, a college lecturer, as...

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  • Swansea Branch History

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    History of the Swansea BranchThe first Swansea Branch of the Historical Association was established in 1923. Unfortunately, the activities of the branch are unknown as no local documentation from that time has survived. All that is certain is that by 1925 it had ceased to meet.Following a suggestion by the...

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  • Swansea Branch's First Fellow: Dr Fred Cowley

    9th September 2014

    At Sketty Hall, Swansea, on Wednesday 13 August 2014, the Swansea branch of the Historical Association granted its first Honorary Branch Fellowship to Dr Fred Cowley in recognition of his significant contribution to the study, appreciation and promotion of history in south-west Wales. Dr Cowley lives in the West Cross...

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  • The Norfolk and Norwich Branch History

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    The Norfolk and Norwich Branch - a short historyThe branch was founded in 1920, at the instigation of two local teachers, W. J. Blake (the father the famous historian, Robert, Lord Blake) and Walter Stephenson, the father of our most long-serving (1941-1962) president, Andrew Stephenson, who was himself a distinguished...

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  • Welcome a new branch of the HA - City of Lincoln

    20th February 2014

    Television and the internet have not stopped people from leaving their homes and going out to listen to historians and historical experts - certainly not in Lincoln. A new branch of the Historical Association had its inaugural lecture on the 19th February 2014 at the Bishop Grosseteste University. Actually it...

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