Morning events, Talks & lectures, History

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Literature Talk and Film with Dr Jane Mackay: Lord Lytton's Last Days of Pompeii

Investigate the work of Lytton before checking out a film adaptation of his book.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 28 Nov

£6.50 / 01522 873894

  • 12:00

Bamse & Wojtek

Bamse was a huge St. Bernard dog, owned by Captain Hafto of the Norwegian Navy during WW2. He went to sea on the minesweeper Thorodd and achieved legendary status in Montrose. Wojtek was one of WW2’s most unusual combatants - a 500-pound cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking brown bear. Mascot of the Polish army, Wojtek took…

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

£3 (Concessions £2) / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

  • 12:00 – 13:00

Centuries of Change

Acclaimed historian Ian Mortimer guides us through the most significant developments of the past 1000 years and examines which century saw the most change, and what this means for our future.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Dinosaur Cove

Step into the late Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, with intrepid dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Get a chance to examine the fossils on which the characters and stories are based and find out how palaeontologists interpret their finds. Dinosaur fun for…

The Studio, Cheltenham

Sat 4 Oct

£6

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Durham Book Festival

Book events for both children and adults at this two-week festival, with over 70 writers appearing in 2014. Highlights include Kate Tempest, Dennis Skinner MP and Stuart Maconie.

Various Venues: Durham

Mon 6 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Tue 7 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00
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The First World War: A New History

A brilliant and profound examination of the causes and ideas behind the war that has done most to shape the 20th century by one of the world’s foremost experts on the conflict, Hew Strachan.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Sat 11 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Free Learning Lunchtime Talks

A series of free lunchtime talks on current affairs and local issues. No booking required.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 3 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

Savings: Making your money work harder. Mark Hawksford and Steven Town from NFU Mutual shed some light on getting a better return on your savings.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Mon 10 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

The East/West Line: Caryl Jones talks about the future of the rail link from Oxford to Cambridge, and how it may potentially improve the Marston Vale line.

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Free / 01234 767037

The Brickworks: David Syzmanski talks about the incredible history of what was previously the biggest Brickworks in the world, in neighbouring Stewartby.

  • 11:00 – 12:00
…and 7 more dates until 23 Mar 2015

Fridays at Eleven

A variety of different speakers, from artists to historians, at these monthly talks.

National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange

Fri 3 Oct

Free / 0131 663 7519

Former museum Keeper Rosemary Everett leads a journey of thoughts and memories around and about mining heritage

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Fri 7 Nov

Free / 0131 663 7519

Mining the Deep Ocean: Progress and Issues by Professor Dorrick Stow, Head of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University

  • 11:00 – 12:00

The History Manifesto

In a world of short-termism, quarterly reports and annual audits, US professors of history David Armitage and Jo Guldi are champions of the longue durée. They speak to British historian James Holland about the way history is taught on both sides of the Atlantic, and whether ambitious, long-term narratives can provide…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Light Lunchtime Lectures

Monthly informal talks on a variety of subjects.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Fri 17 Oct

£5 / 01522 873894

Architectural Conservation – Crick-Smith research fellow Paul Croft speaks on architectural restoration and conservation, including his specialty of decorative finishes in historic buildings and the camouflage used on WWI tanks.

  • 12:00

Fri 14 Nov

£5 / 01522 873894

Magna Carta – Ahead of its 800th birthday, learn about the Magna Carta from Erik Grigg.

  • 12:00

Fri 12 Dec

£5 / 01522 873894

Freeschool Lane: A History – Learn about the history of Free School Lane, including the 13th century home of the Grey Friars. With Lesley Clarke.

  • 12:00
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Local Railways: Decline and Revival

Richard Crane discusses the history of Bedfordshire's local railway network.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 17 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

  • 11:00 – 12:00

The Lost Tomb of Robert the Bruce Colloquium

Seminar presenting the research used to create the visualisation of the lost tomb of Robert the Bruce, currently on display at The Hunterian.

Glasgow University Concert Hall

Mon 10 Nov

£35 (Students £20; Members £27) / 0141 330 4092

Ticket price includes teas, coffees and light lunch.

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Mackintosh Subway Tour

An architectural tour of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's works using the Glasgow Subway to shuttle between his key works including House for an Art Lover, the Lighthouse and Scotland Street School Museum.

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Sun 5 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 12 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 19 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 26 Oct

£10 (£6) / 0141 287 0500

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Metal Detecting Finds from the Vale

Nick Webb discusses his collection of coins and other ancient pieces found in the Marston Vale.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 24 Nov

Free / 01234 767037

  • 11:00 – 12:00

Natalie Haynes

A high-speed, highly entertaining trip through Greek Tragedy from Natalie Haynes (Stands Up for the Classics on BBC Radio 4). For those who’d like to know their Aeschylus from their elbow…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Fri 10 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Picture the Past

Take a tour to the past.

Surrey History Centre, Woking

Tue 28 Oct

Free / 01483 5178737

Part of Family Arts Festival.

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Wed 29 Oct

Free / 01483 5178737

Part of Family Arts Festival.

  • 10:15 – 17:00

Thu 30 Oct

Free / 01483 5178737

Part of Family Arts Festival.

  • 09:30 – 17:00
…and 2 more dates until 1 Nov

Railways of Exmoor Weekend

A weekend of rail exploration, including rides on the West Somerset Steam Railway, the Victorian Cliff Railway and f the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, plus talks and a scenic tour through Exmoor.

Yarn Market Hotel, Minehead

Thu 2 Oct

£225 for two nights; £300 for three nights (includes accomodation and breakfast) / 06143 821425

  • 09:00 – 23:00

Fri 3 Oct

£225 for two nights; £300 for three nights (includes accomodation and breakfast) / 06143 821425

  • 09:00 – 23:00

Sat 4 Oct

£225 for two nights; £300 for three nights (includes accomodation and breakfast) / 06143 821425

  • 09:00 – 23:00

Ranulph Fiennes

British explorer and author Ranulph Fiennes delves into his own ancestral past to present a uniquely personal account of one of the most significant turning points in English history.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Roman Emperors

The stories of the Roman emperors are remarkable ones full of power, wealth, love, bloodshed and treason. Our panel of authors and historical experts Adrian Goldsworthy (Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor), Harry Sidebottom (Iron and Rust) and Peter Stothard (Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra) share their…

Garden Theatre, Cheltenham

Mon 6 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Roy Strong

The Laskett Garden in Herefordshire, the largest private formal garden to be created in England since 1945, was a labour of love, cultivated over 30 years by Roy Strong and his wife Julia Trevelyan Oman. Roy speaks to leading gardening writer Tim Richardson about the decade he has spent recreating the garden following her…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Fri 3 Oct

£8

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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Simon Schama: The Story of the Jews – Finding the Words

Schama discusses the journey behind the writing of his latest book.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Thu 9 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Somerled and the Battle of Renfrew

A conference exploring the history of the ancient kingdom of the Isles, and the mystery surrounding the death of King Somerled at Renfrew in 1164.

Renfrew Town Hall

Sat 4 Oct

£14 / 0141 885 4170

A buffet lunch is included.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Storytelling Tours & Workshops

Storytelling tours of the museum exhibitions (The Land, the Sea, the People and Our War: East Lothian 1914–18) led by storyteller Tim Porteus and followed by storytelling workshops. Tours 10.30–11.15am, workshops 11.30–12.30pm.

John Gray Centre Museum, Haddington

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 01620 820690

Part of Luminate.

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Sat 18 Oct

Free / 01620 820690

Part of Luminate.

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 01620 820690

Part of Luminate.

  • 10:30 – 12:30
…and 4 more dates until 22 Nov

Tracy Borman on Thomas Cromwell

Historian Tracy Borman discusses Thomas Cromwell.

Toll Gavel United Church, Beverley

Sat 4 Oct

£6

Part of Beverley Literature Festival.

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Tristram Hunt

The MP and award-winning author of The Frock-Coated Communist discusses his latest work.

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 3 Oct

£8 / 0844 576 2210

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.