Reading Branch Programme

Branch Programme

Last updated: 25th April 2018

Lectures on the dates indicated are held in the Lecture Theatre, Reading School (near the Royal Berks Hospital). They start at 7.30pm (8.00pm October only, following the AGM). All are welcome without prior reservation. But anyone wishing to join the speaker and committee for supper from 6.00pm (cost £12.50 inc wine), to which anyone is welcome, should email a reservation a few days in advance to

Directions: Reading School, Erleigh Road, READING RG1 5LW. There is more than adequate parking on site , but please note that a one-way system, with automatic gates, operates. Enter the school via Erleigh Road, and leave by the Craven Road exit. Suppers are served in the Refectory - walk through the arch in the centre of the main building, and keep going straight. The Lecture Theatre is behind.  Walk to the right of the main building (vehicles not allowed here), bear round to the left, and the Lecture Theatre is a little way along on the right, up a short path.  

Friday 13th October 2017, 8.00pm (following the AGM starting 7.30pm)

A life on the ocean waves: sailors, nation, and empire in the seventeenth century
Dr. Richard Blakemore, University of Reading

Friday 10th November 2017, 7.30pm

The material culture of Lutheran worship
Professor Andrew Spicer, Oxford Brookes University

Friday 8th December 2017, 7.30pm

Revolution and Antisemitism: Russia, 1917-1921
Dr Brendan McGeever, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Friday 19th January 2018, 7.30pm

The fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Modern Middle East
Dr James Baldwin, Royal Holloway College, University of London

Friday 23rd February 2018, 7.30pm

Service at the pleasure of the president: the troubled relationship between the President and the Director of the FBI
Dafydd Townley, University of Reading

Friday 23rd March 2018, 7.30pm

A loving son and brother? The young King Henry III and his women
Professor Louise Wilkinson, Canterbury Christ Church University


Thursday 23rd November 2017, 7.00 for 7.30pm, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus

The Russian Revolution a hundred years on

Professor Stephen Smith, All Souls College, Oxford