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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  • American Liberalism: The Career of a Concept

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    Jonathan Bell: Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of History at the University of Reading.What historians have come to term ‘liberalism' in an American context has taken on numerous meanings that provide a lens through which to examine broad trends in US history across the twentieth century. From the...

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  • Bristol and America 1480-1631

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    This pamphlet addresses the relationship between Bristol and America, charting the rising and waning interest the city and its merchants had in discovering new lands and profiting from them, and the success or more often the failure of these voyages. It provides an interesting argument which may be seen to...

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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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  • Cleopatra Podcast

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    This pod-cast was recorded at the Central London Branch of the Historical Association on Saturday 20th February 2010, at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London.   We were pleased to welcome cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallet to the branch to speak on ‘Cleopatra'.   Lucy Hughes-Hallet detailed how fact and legend about Cleopatra had been intertwined through history in...

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  • Durham Branch Website

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    Durham Branch has set up its own website! For all the latest news and more details on Durham Branch Events follow this link... About Us The Talks Talk Schedule Publications An Encyclopaedia of North-East England - Richard Lomas Events Latest News

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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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  • Historical Causation: Is One Thing More Important Than Another?

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    WHAT COLOUR ARE THE UNICORNS?Professor Steve Rigby, recently retired from the University of Manchester, delivered ‘Historical Causation: Is One Thing More Important Than Another?' to the Bolton Branch of the Historical Association on 29th November 2010.  His lecture gives a fascinating introduction to the philosophy of historical causation, looking at...

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  • Podcast: Spain 1808 – Iraq 2003: some thoughts on the use and abuse of history

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    This podcast was recorded by the Bolton Branch of the Historical Association on Monday 1 February 2010, at the Parish Hall in Bolton. We were pleased to welcome Professor Charles Esdaile of the University of Liverpool back to the branch to speak on ‘Spain 1808 – Iraq 2003: Some Thoughts...

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  • Prehistoric Bristol

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    This period is represented in the valley of the Bristol Avon by the Acheulian industries, named from the type station of St. Acheul in the Somme valley, which has yielded many ovate and pear-shaped hand-axes characteristic of the period. These industries flourished during the very long Second Interglacial phase, a...

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  • Presidential Lecture - Charles I: The People's Martyr?

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    2012 Annual Conference Presidential Lecture Charles I: The People's Martyr? Jackie Eales, HA President and Professor of Early Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University Charles I was renowned for his distrust of ‘popularity'. Yet during the 1640s he was forced to appeal to his people for support and in...

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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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  • 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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  • Show and Tell: three Branch book events

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    When members of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch were invited to share their views on ‘Books that Changed History’, not all the contributions were as overtly revolutionary as Thomas Paine’s Common Sense nor as familiar as the King James Bible. Marie Davidson and Richard Binns tell us more....

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  • The Swansea Branch Chronicle 1

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    Here it comes, hot off the press, 12 pages with a black and white cover, Chronicle No 1 Spring 2013. The first quarterly magazine of the HA Swansea and South Wales branch. Not realising that, in time, this would become almost a full time job, I had put my hand...

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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 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 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 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 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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