Isle of Wight Branch Programme

By Terence Blunden

Isle of Wight Programme 2021-22

Meetings generally begin at 7.30pm and are held at Newclose County Cricket Ground, Blackwater Road, NEWPORT, IW PO30 3BE, unless stated otherwise.


Meetings are free to national and local branch members, visitors £3


For further information please Contact Dr Vivian Roberts, email or telephone 01983 865 420




13th October 2021

Covid-19 in Historical Context: the long history of racial health inequalities in the United States

Professor Jonathan Bell, University College London

If restrictions are in place, the lecture will be via Zoom.



10th November 2021

The Treaty of Versailles

Professor Matthew Seligmann, Brunel university

If restrictions are in place, the lecture will be via Zoom.



8th December 2021, 2.45pm

Have some Madeira, M’Dear

The Revd. Canon Graham Fuller

Afternoon Tea will be available following this lecture.


Taking the hint from the song by Flanders and Swann of sixty years ago, Graham and Rachel Fuller offer to uncork some vintage historical liquor by tracing little known connections between the Isle of Wight and the island of Madeira to include the following topics – the Madeira wine trade of the 18th century; the Leacock family whose home, at Springvale near Ryde in the 19th C, was Oakhill House whose cellars were replete with the wine that had made their fortune; John Leacock, son of the founder of the business, commemorated in St Helen’s Church; Stephen Leacock – the renowned Canadian humorist, author and economist of the first half of the 20th C; his uncle, the Revd Stephen Butler – Vicar of Newchurch, who is commemorated by a tablet in the church.



19th January 2022 via Zoom

Hearing the Word: The Bible, the Prayer Book and Public Worship from Cranmer to 1660

Reverend Canon Dr Judith Maltby


To receive the Zoom link please contact



9th February 2022

Origins of the French Revolution

Professor David Andress, University of Portsmouth

If restrictions are in place, the lecture will be via Zoom.



9th March 2022

Jews in the Roman Empire

Dr David Noy, The Open University

If restrictions are in place, the lecture will be via Zoom.



13th April 2022

The Great Exhibition 1851

Dr Eleanor Quince, University of Southampton

If restrictions are in place, the lecture will be via Zoom.



6th May 2022 Time TBC

At Ryde School, Queens Road, RYDE, IW PO33 3BE

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

Dr Tracy Borman, Historic Royal Palaces


Thomas Cromwell is known to millions as the leading character in Hilary Mantel's bestselling trilogy. But who was the real Cromwell? With new insights into Cromwell's character, his family life and relationship with Henry VIII and his court, author and historian Tracy Borman reveals the life, loves and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever. The talk will be based on her Sunday Times bestseller, Thomas Cromwell: the untold story of Henry VIII’s most faithful servant.