Portsmouth History Meetup

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About Portsmouth History Meetup

This Portsmouth group is a branch of the History Association. The History Association was formed to bring together people with an interest in history, regardless of training or profession. You can email us at: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com

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Latest posts

‘Those Fancy Liquors/ And Sky-High Kickers’: Skirt Dancing, Cancan and the Invention of ‘Gay Paree’ 1867-1914

12th May 2020: ‘Those Fancy Liquors/ And Sky-High Kickers’: Skirt Dancing, Cancan andthe Invention of ‘Gay Paree’ 1867-1914, DrJonathan Conlin, University of Southampton

This talk will consider how an unlikely cross-Channel coalition ofskirt-dancers, purity campaigners, magistrates, music hall singers and visualartists conspired together in the years between 1867 and the Great War tocreate that "invisible city" we know as "Gay Paree": a citylocated largely in the imagination. It challenges the familiar account ofcancan's emergence, itself founded on a tendency to see Paris and London aspolar opposites. The construction of Gay Paree played up to these stereotypeseven as it covertly challenged them, turning them into a lucrative brand forimpresarios on both sides of the Channel to exploit mercilessly.

Lecture held held in Room2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free . For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
When
13 Oct 2020 at 7:00pm
until 13 Oct 2020 at 8:00pm

Joan of Arc: Woman, Warrior Witch

10th March2020: Joan of Arc: Woman, WarriorWitch, Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton

For two brief years, 1429-1431, Joan of Arc playedan important role in restoring French fortunes against England in the HundredYears War before being tried for heresy and being burned at the stake inRouen. Once the English had been driven out of France in the 1450s, Joanwas posthumously re-tried and exonerated. Yet it was not until the latenineteenth century that a process for her canonisation began, and not until1920 that she was declared a saint. This talk will look at the many personas ofJoan, both in her life time and beyond. Anne Curry is Professor of MedievalHistory at the University of Southampton and a past president of the HistoricalAssociation.

Lecture held held in Room2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free . For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
When
10 Mar 2020 at 7:00pm
until 10 Mar 2020 at 8:00pm

After Bletchley Park: GCHQ From 1945 to Now

11th February2020: After Bletchley Park: GCHQ From1945 to Now, Professor Richard J Aldrich, University of Warwick

This talk will cover the development of BletchleyPark into Britain's biggest intelligence service, how it worked with otherparts of government and why it was valued. It will cover how it finally becameknown to the public in 1978 and then GCHQ’s development of an outward face todeal with Internet security in the 1990s, concluding with a consideration ofEdward Snowden and his archive.

Lecture held held in Room2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free . For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
When
11 Feb 2020 at 7:00pm
until 11 Feb 2020 at 8:00pm

Picturing India: People, Places, and the World of the East India Company talk by Dr John McAleer, University of Southampton

TheBritish engagement with India was an intensely visual one. Images of thesubcontinent, produced by artists and travellers in the 18th- and 19th-centuryheyday of the East India Company, reflect the role it played in Indian life.They mirror significant shifts in British policy and attitudes towards India.This talk will consider the history of the Company – and its complexrelationship with India, its people and cultures – through some of these imagesand their creators.

Lecture held held in Room2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free . For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
When
14 Jan 2020 at 7:00pm
until 14 Jan 2020 at 8:00pm

Origins of Gunpowder and Uses Through History, talk by Geoff Smith

Wheredid gunpowder come from? This talk will cover the history of gunpowder, how it gotto its final formulation, and how people over the centuries have procured theingredients, as well as how it has been used over history, up to the presentday. There have been some unusual uses of gunpowder, including some events inPortsmouth, which will be discussed. Geoff Smith is a retired chemist, independentresearcher and a member of the Ordnance Society.

Lecture held held in Room2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, PortsmouthPO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free
For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
When
10 Dec 2019 at 7:00pm
until 10 Dec 2019 at 8:00pm

Hannibal and the Punic Wars

The talkcovers the relationship between the Romans and Carthaginians, Hannibal's plansfor his invasion of Rome and a whip-round of the early battles between Hannibaland the Roman legions and the events leading up to the Roman defeat at Cannaein 216. The talk also explores the different mind-sets of the two cultures andincludes elephants and flaming cows! Dr Fleiner is a senior lecturer inClassical and Early Medieval history with publications that cover topicsranging from Agrippina the Younger and Nero through to a look at the Kinks andEnglish identity.

Lecture held held in Room 2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, PortsmouthPO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free

For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
When
12 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm
until 12 Nov 2019 at 8:00pm

The Origins of Stalinism

Stalin andStalinism continue to be the subject of debate not only for historians but incontemporary Russian politics. This talk will examine how the revolutionaryexplosion of 1917 developed into the one-man dictatorship of the 1930s.Stalin's rise to power will be placed within the political and social contextof the 1920s and 1930s. Dr Flenley is a Senior Research Fellow in Politics andInternational Relations at the University of Portsmouth.

Lecture held held in Room2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, PortsmouthPO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free

For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
When
08 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm
until 08 Oct 2019 at 8:00pm

From Bishop’s Cannings to Portsmouth,via the Pacific:The Career of William Bayly

This talk centres on William Bayly, farmer’s son, astronomer to Captain Cook and Headmaster of Portsmouth Naval Academy, 1785-1806. Talk will be given by Dr James Thomas, University of Portsmouth.£1 to attend, students free, no need to book, just turn up.

This Portsmouth group is a branch of the History Association. The History Association was formed to bring together people with an interest in history, regardless of training or profession. The group meets once a month between October and the summer and puts on lectures that are open to all. Each lecture costs £1 per talk, students free. To find out more, see: https://www.meetup.com/Portsmouth-History-Meetup/
When
14 May 2019 at 7:00pm
until 14 May 2019 at 8:30pm
Where
Room 2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth
King Henry 1 Street
Portsmouth
PO1 2DZ

Hardly a man’s work at this time: the Portsmouth Military Service Tribunal

This talk is based on research into the records of the Portsmouth Military Service Tribunal during WW1. Although the records were ordered to be destroyed on the cessation of hostilities, they survived and provide insights into local society and conditions in the later years of the Great War. Talk given by James Daly, University of Southampton.

This Portsmouth group is a branch of the History Association. The History Association was formed to bring together people with an interest in history, regardless of training or profession. The group meets once a month between October and the summer and puts on lectures that are open to all. Each lecture costs £1 per talk, students free. No need to book, just turn up. To find out more, see: https://www.meetup.com/Portsmouth-History-Meetup/
When
12 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm
until 12 Mar 2019 at 8:30pm
Where
Room 2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth
King Henry 1 Street
Portsmouth
PO1 2DZ

‘Gone with the Wind’ – a great book?

Tony Badger explores the extraordinary international popularity of Gone with the Wind both as a book and a film and examines the historical accuracy of the book. He examines the white racial attitudes and the account of post-civil war reconstruction in the light of the historiographical orthodoxies of the 1930s the development of Margaret Mitchell from hard-bitten journalist to conservative celebrity. Talk given by Professor Tony Badger, President of the Historical Association. £1 to attend, students free, no need to book, just turn up.

This Portsmouth group is a branch of the History Association. The History Association was formed to bring together people with an interest in history, regardless of training or profession. The group meets once a month between October and the summer and puts on lectures that are open to all. Each lecture costs £1 per talk, students free. To find out more, see: https://www.meetup.com/Portsmouth-History-Meetup/
When
19 Feb 2019 at 7:00pm
until 19 Feb 2019 at 8:30pm
Where
Room 2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth
King Henry 1 Street
Portsmouth
PO1 2DZ