Your HA Virtual Branch: new lecture programme

Keep learning with our online programme of talks

Published: 30th June 2020

Historian Live lecture series

The Virtual Branch was introduced at the start of lockdown to make sure everyone could still be in touch with quality historical lectures. As we move out of lockdown the virtual branch will remain open as a part of the HA delivery for full reach and inclusion. We will continue to bring you webinars that you can dip in at any time as well as articles and podcasts.

As part of a new summer and autumn programme, we are delighted to launch the first in a series of free digital lectures with some of the UK’s best historians as part of the HA virtual branch. Places for the live lectures are freely available to all, and recordings will be made available to HA members on our website after the event. 

Forthcoming lectures include Anne Curry and Peter Mandler in our 'President's Month' this October.

In the meantime, you can continue to enjoy the selection of other talks already available through the virtual branch as shown below.

About the HA Virtual Branch talks

Your HA virtual branch is open to all – whether you are a member or not; for general interest, teachers and students alike. Some of the talks are pre-recorded, and others allow you the opportunity to listen live and pitch your questions to the historian presenting. The programme below will be updated as new talks are agreed, and as each talk goes live in each fortnightly period. 

If you're a teacher don't forget that we will also continue to run our regular calendar of CPD webinars - you can view the full calendar here.

This week's virtual branch talk: The Indian Uprising of 1857

This week's pre-recorded virtual branch talk comes from Dr Markus Daechsel, who discusses the Indian Uprising of 1857 and its challenge to British colonialism. This talk will be available until 7 August at the following link: 

To access the recording of the talk, click on the link above and it will open in a new window. Please note that you will need to download the Adobe Connect application to view the recording. We recommend you view on a desktop or laptop for best results. 

Virtual branch programme of talks




Pre-recorded or live?

9 July

The Making of Early England

Michael Wood

Pre-recorded (HA members)

Week beginning 27 July–7 August

British Colonialism Challenged: the Indian Uprising of 1857

Markus Daechsel


30 July

Reimagining the Blitz Spirit: the mobilisation of World War II propaganda in our own times

Jo Fox

Live - recording available soon

Rescheduled date TBC


Janina Ramirez

Live - postponed