Bath Branch Programme

Bath Branch Programme 2023-24

Entry to lectures is free for national HA members and Bath branch local members who have paid an annual subscription. Visitors are welcome and are asked to pay £5 per lecture.

For more information please contact Mike Short, Branch Secretary, or 01225 812945.

Lectures begin at 7.30 pm at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.

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Programme for 2023-24


Thursday 26 October 2023

The impact of the ‘girl conchies’: female pacifists in World War II

Speaker: Steve Illingworth (Teacher and writer)


Thursday 23 November 2023

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway University of London)


Thursday 7 December 2023

Branch Members’ Christmas Celebration at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Special Guest: Robert Campbell (Head of Heritage Services, Bath and North East Somerset Council)  


Thursday 18 January 2024

Aztecs Abroad: The Indigenous American Discovery of Europe

Speaker: Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock (University of Sheffield)


Monday 5 February 2024

The Restless Republic: Britain Without a Crown

Speaker: Dr Anna Keay (Landmark Trust)


Thursday 22 February 2024

The North East Corner: 300 years of Freemasonry in Bath

Speaker: Malcolm Toogood (Author and local historian)


Thursday 21 March 2024

Benedictine Bath c950-2024: Early Dominance, Later Mission, Present Legacy

Speaker: Dr Giles Mercer (Teacher and writer)


Thursday 25 April 2024

Hatshepsut: Egypt’s female pharaoh

Speaker: Lucia Gahlin (Archaeologist and writer)


Wednesday 22 May 2024

Members’ Visit to Berkeley Castle


Friday 14 June 2024

Members’ Visit to Bradley House and All Saints’ Church, Maiden Bradley