World History

Leaders – Michael A’Bear and Tim Davies

We look at world history and are currently looking at the period between c1865 and 1914. From January 2020 we will move to the inter-war years 1918-1939. Members are encouraged to give a talk to the group (every two or three years) on a subject of their own choosing, relating to the period we are covering.

Contact Diana Butler –  703136
Meets Monday, 1000 – 1200. Twice monthly.
2019 Sep 9, 23, Oct 7, 21, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 16
2020 Jan 13, 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 9, 23, Apr 6,
May 4, 18, Jun 1, 15, 29
2019/2020 Programme

There could be changes to some of these talks due to circumstances beyond our control, and some titles may be changed. This programme is dated September 2019.


9 Sept       London’s Underground by Tim Davies   (Extra segment via this link) 

23 Sept    The Scramble for Africa and the Winds of Change by Richard Thomas        

7 Oct      Robert Baden-Powell  and  David Lloyd George by Michael A’Bear

21 Oct.  Victorian Philanthropy and its Legacy – Judith Edge  

4 Nov        Into the Outback –  Michael A’Bear

18 Nov      The Prohibition Era – Joanne Watson

2 Dec      Sleepwalking into war – Lorna Thomas        

16 Dec          The Great Debate – The World’s Greatest Woman Famous Women options


13 Jan     Ataturk – The Greatest Nation Builder of Modern Times – Alan  Freeland    

27 Jan   British Art between the Wars – Peter Duffy    

10 Feb      Lighter than Air – Trevor Williams          

24 Feb    Pax Britannia – The Royal Navy 1865 – 1914 – Elizabeth Anson

9 Mar    The Great Depression: Causes and Consequences – Andrew Cole

23 Mar    The Amritsar Massacre and its aftermath – John Hambly  

6 Apr      The talented and tormented T E Lawrence – Adrian Martin    

4 May       The Three Choirs Festival – Graham Moore  

18 May    The end of WW1 and Versailles – David Simpson    

1 June    Advances in science and technology 1918 39 – Pam Taylor  

15 June   Was War a more profound cause of change than growth and  movement  of population?  – Lorna Thomas    

29 June          Short Talks

Programme of Talks from 2018/19

A podcast of the talks is available approx 2 months after the talk. The latest talk is always top of the podcast page listings. via the link. History podcasts

How the West was lost –   Michael A’Bear

The Boer War and other Colonial Adventures. –   Richard Thomas

19th Century Exhibition Fever   –  Joanne Watson A day at the Great Exhibition (V and A)

The strange death of Liberal England   – Robert Sykes

The White Rajahs of Sarawak   – Jenny Thorpe

Kitchener –  Alan Bridgman

Africa Theme Podcast of Foreign Legion and Three Rivers Talks

From Faraday to Ferranti   – Trevor Williams

Debate  My Historical dinner party 10 x 5 min talks


The Austro-Hungarian Empire by Joe Huddleston

Darwin and Evolution by Sam Osmond

The Sick Man of Europe and The Berlin Conference – Peter Duffy

Short cuts round the world by Bruce Oelman

Victoria and Albert by Nigel Marriott

Marconi by Alan Freeland

Spending a Penny  by Tim Davies

A review of British women artists to the mid 20th century      Diana Butler

Short talks  4 x 20 minutes including Handel in London (latest podcast available via link at the top)