Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The lecture programme for 2017-18 and four visits

As I write I am looking forward to attending, on Friday and Saturday this week (12 and 13 May), this year's Historical Association Conference in Manchester. Two days of high-quality lectures, with Michael Wood as the keynote speaker on Saturday morning, should provide plenty of inspiration for the planning of future HA Bath programmes.

Sticking strictly to chronological order, I will mention next our forthcoming members' visits to Great Chalfield Manor (on Friday 19 May) and Owlpen Manor (on Thursday 15 June). At Great Chalfield our guides will be Robert and Patsy Floyd, whose family have lived at the manor house since 1878. The owners of Owlpen Manor, Sir Nicholas and Lady Mander, will be our guides to the house and garden there. Each visit will finish with afternoon tea. There are currently four spare places available for each visit. If you are interested in going, please call me (01225 812945) or email

And so to the lecture programme for 2017-18, which was unveiled at last month's Annual General Meeting. The seven lectures will be given by academic historians from Oxford, London, Leeds, Leicester and Glasgow and our local friend Adrian Tinniswood. I have included in the programme below two important visits. The first is a morning visit (not afternoon as stated previously) to St John's Hospital, Bath, on Thursday 12 October. The second is our annual Christmas visit and buffet in the evening of Thursday 14 December at the Victoria Art Gallery. Members will receive details and application forms for these two visits during August.

This is the programme ...

28 September 2017
Forgotten Ally: Why China's World War II Matters
Professor Rana Mitter (St Cross College, University of Oxford)

12 October 2017
Members' Visit to St John's Hospital, Bath

26 October 2017
The 'Golden Age' of Women in Medieval London
Professor Caroline Barron (Royal Holloway University of London)

23 November 2017
Long Shadows: The Memory and the Legacy of the Crusades in the Modern World
Professor Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway University of London)

14 December 2017
Members' Christmas Visit and Buffet at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

25 January 2018
In the Shadow of Franco: The ongoing battle in Spain over its dark past
Dr Peter Anderson (University of Leeds)

22 February 2018
The Long Weekend: Life in the Country House Between the Wars
Adrian Tinniswood (Writer and historian)

22 March 2018
The Secret Diaries of William Wilberforce
Professor John Coffey (University of Leicester)

26 April 2018
'Clothes for the people': dressing slaves in eighteenth-century Virginia
Dr Sally Tuckett (University of Glasgow)

All lectures will take place on Thursday evenings at 7.30 in the Friends Meeting House, York Street. I plan to introduce each one in this diary.

Mike Short