Historical Association

By March 15, 2017Activities

The Hampstead & NW London Branch of the Historical Association holds its lectures at Fellowship House, generally at 8 pm on the third Thursday of the month between September to March (excl. December). Suburb residents and those living further afield are all most welcome. Associate Status costs £10 per year, and entitles the Associate to free attendance at all lectures and to participation in the AGM.  Visitors at each lecture are welcome in return for £3 at the door, with members of Fellowship paying £1. Full members of the (national) Historical Association are admitted free. Free refreshments are provided following the lecture.

Queries, suggestions and requests should be addressed to the Branch Chairman, at ha@fellowshiphouse.co.uk

Upcoming Talks

21st September 2017

Professor Ted Vallance, University of Roehampton
‘The King Killers in America: The Regicides in History, Myth and Fiction’

Professor Ted Vallance is Professor in the Department of Humanities, Roehampton University. He has broad interests in the history of radicalism and protest in Britain but specialises in the history of early modern England, especially in the civil wars and revolution of 1688. He was a historical consultant on the BBC documentary “Roundhead or Cavalier?” and has appeared in a number of historical programmes on British, Dutch and French radio and television. His most recent publication is a chapter in the book: “Radical voices, radical ways” (Curelly, L. & Smith, N. (eds.)”. His chapter is entitled “The insane enthusiasm of the time: remembering the regicides in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and North America” and he will draw on the same themes in his lecture.


19th October 2017

Dr Marios Costambeys, Reader in Medieval History, Liverpool University
‘Charlemagne, Europe and Britain’

Dr Costambeys moved to Liverpool University in 2001 after holding positions at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester. He is Director of the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and has been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University. His principal research focus is on the social dynamics of early medieval Europe and among his publications are his book “The Carolingian World” (2011) and a chapter entitled “Alcuin, Rome and Charlemagne’s imperial coronation” in “England and Rome in the Early Middle Ages: Pilgrimage, Art and Politics” (ed. F. Tinti, 2014). Noting that Charlemagne remains a potent symbol of European Unity, as indicated by the prize in his name awarded annually for services to European co-operation, he argues that Charlemagne’s powerful influence on Anglo-Saxon England indicates some timeless truths about Britain’s relationship with Europe. He asks the question: “Can we draw lessons today about identity, power and authority from the medieval experience?”, a question that could hardly be more topical than in the age of Brexit.


16th November 2017

Professor David Stevenson, London School of Economics
‘Breaking the Stalemate: How the First World War ended, 1917-1918’

Professor Stevenson is Stevenson Professor of International History at the London School of Economics. His main fields of interest lie in international relations in Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in particular the origins, course, and impact of the First World War. He is author of numerous publications mainly on aspects of the war. Of particular note in connection with his talk is his recent book “With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918” (Penguin/Harvard University Press, 2011). In 2004 he published: “1914-1918: a History of the First World War” (Penguin Press) and is working on an international history of the year 1917 entitled: “1917: War, Peace, and Revolution” for Oxford University Press which will appear in this anniversary year in October. He is adviser to the learning website http://europeana1914-1918.eu/en which has had more than a million individual visits; is a Member of the academic advisory committee for the Imperial War Museum’s new First World War Galleries; and has often appeared on television.


18th January 2018

Professor Richard Aldrich, Emeritus Professor of International Security, Warwick University
‘The CIA and its Public Image since 1947’

Professor Aldrich has researched extensively in the area of intelligence and espionage. His most recent book is “The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers”, co-authored with Rory Cormac, which explores the interaction between intelligence and Downing Street. Over the last few years he has led a team of scholars in a project entitled “Landscapes of Secrecy: The Central Intelligence Agency and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy, 1947-2001”. They are examining the creation of the public record of the CIA in realms such as history, memoirs, novels, film and the press, and the themes being developed will form the core of his lecture. He also enjoys working on TV documentaries and his most recent project has been the two-part “Spying on the Royals” about Edward VIII and MI5 shown on Channel 4 in April.


15th February 2018

Professor John Miller, Emeritus Professor of History, Queen Mary College, London University
‘The Quakers in the 17th Century: The Society of Friends and the Foundations of its Achievements’

Professor Miller’s original area of research was English politics under Charles II and James II and his first major publication in 1978 was on James II (republished by Yale in 2000). Comparing experiences in England and France during the second half of the Seventeenth Century, he became interested in how government worked at the grass roots level, looking not only at institutions but also at power relationships. His first study of government from the bottom up was in his book “After the Civil Wars: English Government and Politics in the Reign of Charles II. (2000)”. This was followed by his authoritative “Cities Divided: Politics and Religion in Provincial Towns, 1660-1722”, which was published in 2007. This covered inter alia the period when the Quakers broke away from the established Church of England and launched on their unique role in religious, colonial and commercial life.


15th March 2018

Dr James H Thomas, Reader in Local and Maritime History, Portsmouth University
‘The Sea Captain, The Actress and the Lost Treasure: A Sidelight on the East India Company in the 18th Century’

With major research interests in both local and maritime history, Dr Thomas has – since 1985 – been examining the relationship between the Provinces and the East India Company. Drawing on the massive East India Company archive and other European and American sources, he has published the first two volumes of an East India Company trilogy, which assesses the impact on England’s largest, most powerful and most successful of commercial undertakings. He is currently working on the third volume entitled “A Raft of Wrecks”, which examines Company history through the media of shipwrecks and shipping losses. He has a further major interest in the related subject of Indian Ocean piracy in the long eighteenth century, and has participated extensively in radio and TV presentations on maritime and local history. His lecture will draw on his wide research into some less well known aspects of imperial history in the Eighteenth Century. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Society of Antiquaries and of the H.A. and is currently H.A. branch chairman in Portsmouth.