Branch Podcasts & Publications

In this section you can listen to recorded lectures from our branches, as well as some of the keynote lectures from the HA annual conference. There are also fascinating articles produced by some of the branches, in particular from the Swansea Branch Chronicle.

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  • 'Modernising Calcutta' by Professor Anindita Ghosh: filmed branch lecture

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    On 3 December 2018, the Bolton Branch marked a first for the HA by live-streaming a lecture on Twitter. Professor Anindita Ghosh of the University of Manchester spoke to the branch on Calcutta in the 19th century. The event was streamed live on the branch’s Twitter feed, @boltonhistory. Watch the lecture here (NB external website, opens...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 18

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    3. Editorial 4. The Marriage at Cana – Dr John Law 8. Stinging Nettle Soup – Trevor Fishlock 10. Dining with Dylan – Peter Read 12. Carbs with Everything – Ian Smith 14. Life as I Found it – John Russell & John Ashley 17. Masonic Dining Swansea – Professor...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 17

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    3. Editorial4. Patagonia - Trevor A. Johnson6. The Significance of Migration - Anita Arcari8. The Highland Clearances - John Easton Law11. Emigration to New Zealand - Rosemary Harvard Jones13. Branch News 15. Jews in Wales - Leonard Mars17. Joe’s Gelato - Lucy Hughes19. Unity in Diversity - Natalie Paisey

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 16

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    3 Editorial 4 Alexander, a Great Drinker? - Stephen Harrison 6 Beer Ten Pence a Pint - Ian Smith 8 Women, Drunkeness in Ancient Egypt - Caroline Graves Brown 10 Bible - Gwyneth Anthony 11 The Temperance Movement - Kenton Eastwood 12 One for the Road - Rod Ashley 15...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 15

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    3. Editorial 4. National Library of Wales - Andrew Green 6. Dear Diary - Geoff Mortimer 8. The Jesus Papyrus and Swansea - Robert McCloy 11. Writing - Peter Read 12. The Printing Press in Venice - John Law 15. From their diaries 16. Book Review - Peter East 17. Many Arches Well Adorned - Andrew Prescott

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  • Branch Podcast: Good Evening Sweetheart

    5th March 2017

    Just before our "Good Evening Sweetheart" talk (9th February) was due to start in Hillhead Library a young lady librarian rushed in waving a sheet of paper, looking very excited - the Secretary wondered if we were double-booked and about to be asked to leave. But no! She announced that...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 14

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    3 From the Editor 4 Ticker Tape 5 Tareni Colliery - Clive Reed 8 Sir John Williams, Surgeon - Brinley Jones 10 Watkins, the Great Inventor - Ian Smith 12 The Guillotine - Stephanie Brown 14 Photography and Historians - John Smith 17 Opening of Glen Vivien 2016 - John...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 13

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    3 From the Editor 4 A Royal Picnic - John Law 6 The Vivians at War - Ralph A Griffiths 7 A Good Butcher - RHV Phillips 10 The Swansea Canal - Clive Reed 12 Aberfan - Jeff Griffiths 13 Men of Steel - Mike Smith 16 Contributors - 18...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 12

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    3 From the Editor 4 Wheels in Wales - Ian Smith 7 Civil Aviation - John Ashley 10 Wagons away - Richard Hall 13 ‘Sketty Hall’ - John Law 14 The Bus Museum - Greg Freeman 16 The Mary Herberd - Ralph Griffiths 18 Trolley Buses - Roger Atkinson 20...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 11

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    3 From the Editor 4 Renaissance Art - Carol David 6 Finding My Inspiration - Lucy Dean 10 Sanu's last Voyage - Ray Balkwill 13 Glynn Vivian - Andrew Green 15 A Vision of Angels - Dr John Law 17 Gwen Johns - Kenza Eastwood 18 A Gift of Sunlight...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 10

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    3 From the Editor 5 Life as a choirboy - Max Halcox 6 The Joy of Singing - Gwyneth Anthony 11 Life in the Choir - Sid Kidwell 12 Pontnewydd Male Choir 13 Muzac - Kensa Eastwood 14 A Life in Surgery and Song - Christopher Wood 16 Swansea Bach...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 9

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    3 From the Editor 4 From the Chairman 5 Hymn Writer Supreme - Dr R. Brinley Jones 6 Venice, the Biennale and Wales - Dr John Law 7 18th Century Underwear - Jean Webber 9 Whigs and wigs 12 Howell Harris - David James 15 Branch news 16 British Government's...

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  • Ferninando Gorges and New England

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    Sir Ferdinando Gorges (July 1565 - May 24, 1647), by some considered the "Father of English Colonization in North America", was an early English colonial entrepreneur and founder of the Province of Maine in 1622, although Gorges himself never set foot in the New World.  Sir Ferdinando Gorges was born...

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  • Bristol and the Slave Trade

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    Captain Thomas Wyndham of Marshfield Park in Somerset was on voyage to Barbary where he sailed from Kingroad, near Bristol, with three ships full of goods and slaves thus beginning the association of African Trade and Bristol. In the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Bristol was not a place of...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 8

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    This edition features articles on the following:From the EditorContentsAn (ex) Chairman Reflects - Dr John Law‘O Canada' - Professor Ralph GriffithsDid the Swinging 60s Reach Wales? Anthea SymondsMatters on the Move - Dr Robert McCloyWe are All Equal Here - Ian SmithThe Sixties? Alun RichardsOn the Road Again - Rod...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 7

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    This edition features articles on the following:From the EditorA Deeper Unrest, Richard NyeA Great War Swansea Pot Pourri, Bernard LewisThe Crimson Shadow of Mametz Wood, Giles ReesGeorge Arthur EvansHedd WynAs it Looked to Me; France and Belgium 1917, John LawThere Were Hundreds of Us in the Queue Trying to Enlist,...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 6

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    This edition features articles on the following:Margaret McCloy - Letter from the EditorAndrew Green - Wales Coast PathCopper Ore Barques SponsorsMark Williams - The Falkland IslandsTrevor Fishlock - AfghanistanEna Niedergang - Griffith John and WuhanRobert Leonard - Peripatetic PottersJohn Ashley - Ethiopian TravelsSid Kidwell - Edgar EvansDr Fred Cowley -...

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  • Richard Evans Medlicott lecture: The Origins of the First World War

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    This year the Historical Association's Medlicott medal for services to history went to Professor Sir Richard Evans. Richard Evans is the Regius Professor of History at Cambridge and President of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He has written numerous highly respected and internationally best-selling books. Evans is bests known for his works on...

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 5

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    This edition features articles on the following:From the EditorEgyptian Daily Life, Karmen ThomasBes, a Friendly Demon, C. Brown-ThomasDreams & Nightmares, K SzpakowskaCunning Greeks, Evelien BraqueUp the Greek, Peter ReadMargam Stones, M. HumphriesOlympic Games, Maria StanleyWhite Rock, John AshleyEtceteraBranch Programme and Membership

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  • Puritan attitudes towards plays and pleasure in the Age of Shakespeare

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    In Twelfth Night Shakespeare gently mocked the Puritans, who objected to stage plays and other entertainments. Yet within four decades, the Puritans had closed the London theatres and were about to seize power from Charles I. Among their many reforms were the banning of Christmas celebrations and of Twelfth Night itself....

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