West Surrey Branch Programme 2016/17

Entry to meetings is free for HA members, non-members £3 per meeting.  Associate membership of the branch is £12 per year. For any further information please contact Mr Rollo Crookshank, branch secretary on 01252 319881 or email Crookshank@starkmann.co.uk. All meetings take place at 7-30pm, at St Nicolas’ Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW.

Tuesday 27nd September.

Dr. Marisa Linton, Kingston University

The Terror in the French Revolution

Tuesday October 18, 2016

Dr. Lucy Wooding, King’s College London

'Bloody Mary Revisited'.

Tuesday November 15

Professor David Stevenson, London School of Economics

The Origins of the Cold War Revisited’.

Tuesday December 13, 2016

Professor Jonathan Harris, Royal Holloway, University of London

Byzantium: The forgotten Empire

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Dr. Robert Saunders, Queen Mary, University of London 

"Common Market or Bust!" Britain's first referendum on Europe, 1975

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Professor Carl Bridge, King’s College London

‘From the Far Ends of the Earth’: The British Empire and the Great War

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Professor Glenn Richardson, Professor in Early-Modern History, St Mary's, Twickenham

The Contending Kingdoms’: Anglo-French relations 1400-1700.

West Surrey Branch Programme 2015-6

Tuesday, 15th March 2016.

Professor Roger Batty, Keio University, Tokyo: ‘Pliny and His Times: Fashion, Cosmetics and Perfumes -a glimpse at life in First Century Rome.'

Previous meetings

Tuesday, 16th February 2016.

Dr. Ed Naylor, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth: ‘Colonial Legacy in Contemporary France: From ‘Je vous ai compris’ to ‘Je suis Charlie’.

Tuesday, 19th January 2016.

Professor Lawrence Goldman, Director, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London: ‘How do you rebuild a divided country? Reconstruction after the American Civil War 1865-77.’

Tuesday, 8th December 2015.

Dr. John Bew, Reader in History and Foreign Policy, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, King’s College, University of London: ‘Lord Castlereagh’s Foreign Policy and its relevance for today.’

Tuesday, 17th November 2015.

Professor Richard Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory, Department of War Studies, King’s College, University of London and Emeritus Professor Dartmouth College, USA: ‘Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! A World Without World War One.’

Tuesday, 13th October 2015.

Dr. Clive Holmes, Emeritus Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, The University of Oxford: ‘Why were English witches women?’ 

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015.

AGM at 7.00pm followed at 7.30pm by Professor George Bernard: ‘Henry VIII: Catholicism without the Pope?’

Programme 2014-15

Tuesday, 23rd September 2014.

AGM at 7.00pm followed at 7.30pm by Dr R. E. Foster, F.R. Hist. Soc.: Wellington and Waterloo: Monumental oversights.’

Tuesday, 14th October 2014.

Dr Robert Saunders, Lecturer in History, Queen Mary College, University of London:  ‘Traitors to the Queen and Rebels to their God: the Chartist Challenge, 1837-48.’

Tuesday, 18th November 2014.

Professor Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway College, University of London: 'Saladin: The Life and Legend of the Conqueror of Crusader Jerusalem' 

Tuesday, 2nd December 2014.

M.O.Simpson: ‘Two Heroes of Antarctica - Capt. Scott and George Simpson.'

Tuesday, 20th January 2015.

Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway College, University of London: ‘Rethinking Liberation: The End of the Holocaust?’

Tuesday, 10th February 2015.

Professor Nigel Saul, Royal Holloway College, University of London: 'Magna Carta: Why Celebrate?'

Tuesday, 17th March 2015.

Dr. Grant Tapsell, Fellow and Tutor in History, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford:  ‘The Visual Culture of Politics in Restoration England.'

21st April 2015

Dr. Andrew Blick, Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at King's College, London with a lecture entitled 'Constitutional flux in the contemporary United Kingdom: its causes and its consequences'.


23rd September

Dr R. E. Foster, F.R. Hist. Soc.: ‘Wellington and Waterloo: Monumental oversights.’

14th October

Dr Robert Saunders, Lecturer in History, Queen Mary College, University of London:  ‘Traitors to the Queen and Rebels to their God: the Chartist Challenge, 1837-48.’

18th November

Professor Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway College, University of London: 'Saladin: The Life and Legend of the Conqueror of Crusader Jerusalem.' 

2nd December

M.O.Simpson: ‘Two Heroes of Antarctica - Capt. Scott and George Simpson.'

20th January

Professor Dan Stone, Royal Holloway College, University of London: ‘Rethinking Liberation: The End of the Holocaust?’

10th February

Professor Nigel Saul, Royal Holloway College, University of London: 'Magna Carta: Why Celebrate?'

17th March

Dr. Grant Tapsell, Fellow and Tutor in History, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford:  ‘The Visual Culture of Politics in Restoration England.'


24th September              

Professor Jackie Eales, Canterbury Christ Church University & President of the Historical Association. ‘How Glorious Was Gloriana? Elizabeth 1 and her historians.’


15th October            

Emeritus Professor Anne Duggan, King’s College London. 'Thomas Becket: Traitor, Martyr, Saint?'


12th November

Dr.Jason Peacey, Senior Lecturer University College London. ‘Print, Participation and Political Corruption: the politics of the English Civil War- George Wither-a Surrey case study’


3rd December               

Professor Mary Fulbrook, FBA, Professor of German History, University College London. ‘A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust.’


14th January

Dr Yasmin Khan , University Lecturer, University of Oxford. ‘The British in India in the Second World War: the realities leading to Independence and Partition.’


11th February


Dr Tom Buchanan, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, ‘Freedom’s Battle? The International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.’


18th March


Regius Professor Sarah Foot, Christ Church College, University of Oxford. ‘ AEthelstan: the first King of Britain?’




25th September    


Professor Joe Maiolo, King's College, London. ‘Why Stalin was surprised by Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941'


9th October  


Dr Lawrence Goldman, St Peter's College, Oxford. 'Statesmanship and Evasion: Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War.'


13th November


Professor David Stevenson, LSE. 'The 1912 Balkan Wars and the coming of the First World War.'




11th December


Dr John Watts, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.  'The Results of the Wars of the Roses-the effects of the wars on the distribution of power, government, politics and culture, c1470-1530.'


12th February


Dr Jennifer Altehanger, King's College, London. 'Under the Chairman's Sun: the People's Republic of China from 'Golden Age' through Cultural Revolution 1949-1975.'


12th March


Professor Peter Heather, King's College, London. 'Empires and Barbarians: Migration and the Making of Europe in the first Millennium AD.'


 27th April


Guided visit to Brookwood Cemetery


18th May


Guided walk around Bray village (Berks.) led by Nigel Saul.




27th September


Dr. Michael Brett of the School of Oriental and African Studies – ‘Morocco to Egypt: a History of Revolt’.


11th October


Dr. Stephen Lovell of King’s College, London -  ’20 Years after the Fall: remembering the Soviet Union’.


15th November


Professor Jan Palmowski of Kings College, London – ‘Living with the Berlin Wall: the GDR and the Cold War’.


13th December


Dr. Catherine Ferguson of Sussex University – Medieval Pilgrimages’.


17th January


Dr. Stephen Baxter of Kings College, London – ‘Rethinking Domesday:  fresh perspectives on Conquest England, 1066’.


7th February


Dr. David Smith of Selwyn College, Cambridge – How far was Charles I responsible for the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642?’


6th March


Professor Glyn Redworth of Manchester University – England and Spain in the Golden Age: the curious case of the she-apostle’.


Visits :


25th April


Dorney Court, Eton.


19th May


Professor Nigel Saul will lead a visit to Ewelme Church, almshouse and village.




28th September


Dr Tracey Sowerbey, Pembroke College, Oxford. 'Henry VIII and the European Reformation.'


30th September


Visit to The Spike at Warren Road, Guildford, GU1 3JH. A talk by the Chairman of the Spike followed by a one hour tour.


19th October


Dr. James Ross of the National Archives. 'One of the greatest of English Kings or a ruler without any conspicuous merits'? The reign of Edward IV (1461-83).


16th October


Dr. Jonathan Moore of London Metropolitan University.  'Great Britain and Ireland, 1900-18'


14th December


 Christmas Party at Guildford Guildhall, 7pm. 


Graham Searle will give an illustrated talk.  'The Age of Improvement! Changes in Victorian society and their effects on the character and development of sport in 19th century Britain'.


18th January


Dr. Ed Bispham of Brasenose College, Oxford.  ‘Disrespect in Retrospect: the Emperor Tiberius and the breaking of a reputation'.


15th February


Dr. Jane McDermid of Southampton University.  'Everyday life in Stalin's Russia, looking at the Terror through a series of case studies by using memoirs to examine life in the labour camps and diaries to consider life in the cities'.


15th March


Dr. Steve Tsang of St. Antony's College, Oxford. 'The Kidnapping of Chiang Kai-shek in Xian in 1936 and the start of China's War of Resistance against Japan in 1937: a revisionist assessment'.




Bob's walk.


6th April


2.15pm. London Charterhouse visit.




29th September


AGM followed by Lawrence Goldman, Fellow of St. Peter's College, Oxford, Editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, "Rewriting British History, The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Guildford's Place in it."


20th October


Dr. Alice Rio of King's College, London. "Slavery in the Age of Charlemagne. What happened to the Roman slaves?"


17th November


Professor Colin Jones of Queen Mary College, London, "Famine, credit crunch and political crisis. The causes of the French Revolution."


18th November


Visit to Polesden Lacey. "Nooks and Crannies." Afternoon tour of parts of the House not normally open. Tickets £12. Own transport. 2pm to 4pm


8th December


Christmas Party at Guildford Museum, Castle Street, 7pm. Talk by Alan Wakefield of the Imperial War Museum. "Christmas in the trenches. 1914-18." Tickets £5, including buffet and drinks.


19th January


Dr. Piers Brendon of Churchill College Cambridge. "The Decline and Fall of the British Empire."


23rd February


Dr. Stephanie Dalley, Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. "Recent Discoveries in Iraq: royal tombs and looted archives."


16th March


Dr. Steven Gunn of Merton College Oxford. "Tudor Rebellions: the role of the nobility."


13th April


Visit to the Royal College of Arms, 130 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BT.


9th May


Bob's Walk. "Gunpowder and Leather after the Great Stink."




16th September


4.30pm Visit to Loseley Park. Tour of the house at 5pm. Gardens open afterwards.


30th September


A.G.M. followed by Professor Kathleen Burk of University College, London."The character of early American Settlements: the grievances which developed and the build up to the American War of Independence".


21st October


Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway College, University of London. 'Chivalry and the Hundred Years War'


18th November


Roger Crowley, author of "Empire of the Sea" and "Constantinople". Empires of the Sea; the Ottoman-Hapsburg contest for the Mediterranean in the Sixteenth Century.


 9th December


Christmas Party. To be held at Guildford Museum, Castle Street. Please note early start time of 7pm. Talk by Matthew Alexander "Surrey Christmas Customs".


20th January


Richard Holmes. Professor in Military History at Cranfield University. "Marlborough, England's Fragile Genius".


17th February


Professor Alfred Smythe. "Who built Offa's Dyke? New Perspectives on Early Medieval Britain."


17th March


Professor Peter Hennessey, Fellow of the British Academy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History. "Writing the history of one's own times; Britain since the Second World War."


 16th May


Bob's walk. "St  Paul, a marsh and bones." To include the Museum of Childhood.




Visit to Lambeth Palace. Further details available in the new year. Cost £7.






25th September


AGM followed by Sean Lang (Anglia Polytechnic University). 'Lessons on the British Empire - a history of teaching on the British Empire from 1870 to the present date'.


27th September


 Visit to Apsley House and the Wellington Arch. 12.45pm.


 16th October


 Dr. Peter Heather (Worcester College, Oxford). 'Changing views of the fall of Rome'.


 6th November


Charles Spencer: Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier. The Management  School Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey


20th November


Dr. Eveline  Cruickshanks 'James II; Enlightened King or Villain?'


11th December


Christmas Party at the Guildhall. Donald Clarke. 'Re-enactment of the life and plight of a vagabond in Elizabethan England'.


15th January


Professor David Stevenson (London School of Economics). 'The origins of the war of 1939'.


19th February


Professor Carl Bridge (King's College, London). 'Naval strategies in the Pacific 1895-1945'.


4th March


Dr. Glyn Redworth (Manchester University). 'Before the Armada. Philip II as King of England 1554-1558'.


26th April


A London walk led by Bob Smyth. 'Two Worlds; EC3 and EC1. Bankers and Bangladeshis.'


7th May


2pm. Visit to Winchester College, including the archives.






24th September


Visit to Spencer House and Clarence House in St. James’s,  10.30am to 1.30pm. Further details from the secretary.


26th September


Short AGM followed by Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton. 'Knowing too much, knowing too little? Agincourt and Bosworth compared.'  Click here to read about her book 'Agincourt'.


17th October


Professor Tony Stockwell of Royal Holloway College. 'Proconsuls and the Ending of Empire: from Mountbatten to Patten'.


24th October


Dr. David Starkey, Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  ‘Monarchy and the Beginnings of Modernity in England'.  7.30pm at the School of Management Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey.


 21st November


Robert Fox, Defence Correspondent for the Evening Standard.  'The Conflict in Iraq and its Historical Context'.


 12th December


7pm. Christmas Party at the Guildhall.  Tickets £5.  Matthew Alexander of the Guildford Museum.  'Victorian Guildford'.


16th January


Dr. Steven Gunn, Merton College Oxford. ‘The Elizabethan Court’  (Illustrated).


20th February


Dr David Andress, Reader in Modern European History, University of Portsmouth.  '1789: Britain, America and the French Revolution'.


20th March


Michael Jones: 'The battle of Stalingrad: the Turning Point of the Second World War?'


21st April


Visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a walk led by Bob Smyth. Meet steps of St. Paul's, 10.50am


9th May


Late afternoon visit to Stratfield Saye.