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

Updated Zoom lecture programme

20 April    Moorish Spain and the Alhambra by Nigel Marriott

4 May      Old fashioned remedies by Lorna Thomas

18 May    Britain after 1945 by Michael A’Bear

1 June   The perplexing history of colour by Alan Freeland

15 June   The Treaty of Versailles – David Simpson Part 1

29 June      As above Part 2

13 July       Quiz

27 July      The talented and tormented T E Lawrence by Adrian Martin

10 Aug.   Changing views of poverty by Lorna Thomas

24 August        TBA

 The 2018/19 are already available via a podcast site  The 19/20 talks are added a couple of months after the relevant meeting.


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     (podcast available)

7 Oct      Robert Baden-Powell  and  David Lloyd George by Michael A’Bear ( podcast available as above)

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 – Great Woman


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       TBC

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

The Talks from 2018/19 are now available via the podcast link. The latest talk is always at the top of the page.  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

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 (the latest podcast available via link at the top)