Isle of Wight Branch Programme

By Terence Blunden

Isle of Wight Branch Programme 2020-21

All meetings start at 7.30pm and finish at approximately 9pm



Wednesday, 21st October

via “Zoom”

The Secret Diaries of William Wilberforce: 'Politics, Religion, and Antislavery'

Prof John R D Coffey, University of Leicester


 Wednesday, 11th November

via “Zoom”

The Crisis of the Meritocracy: How Popular Demand (not Politicians) Made Britain into a Mass Education Society

Prof Peter Mandler, President of the HA, Professor of Modern Cultural History at Cambridge


Wednesday, 9th December

via “Zoom”

Benjamin Disraeli: Remarkable Author, Romantic and Political Opportunist

Kevin Shaw, Historian and Author


Wednesday, 13th January 2021

via “Zoom”

Saladin: Life and Legend

Prof Jonathan Phillips, Professor of Crusading History, Royal Holloway, University of London


Wednesday, 10th February

via “Zoom”

The Isle of Wight and the Invention of Dinosaurs

Joint meeting with the IW Natural History and Archaeology Society

Dr Jeremy Lockwood, University of Portsmouth


Wednesday, 10th March

via “Zoom”

Oliver Cromwell: hero or villain

Dr. David Smith, Selwyn College, Cambridge


Wednesday, 14th April

via “Zoom”

How Aethelred the Unready got a life

Dr Levi Roach, University of Exeter


***POSTPONED UNTIL 2022 ***Friday 7th May

via “Zoom”

The Real Wolf Hall: the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell

Dr Tracy Borman, Historic Royal Palaces ***POSTPONED UNTIL 2022 ***


71st AGM   September 2021


Cancellation of Meetings. A committee member will contact you on the day if unforeseen circumstances necessitate the cancellation of a meeting.