Branch talks and events

Below is a mixture of recent events, some with recordings, and some events or talks planned for the future.

Here is a pdf of a recent talk about the Bristol Bus Boycott. It includes a fascinating YouTube video made by the son of Bristol’s first Black bus driver.

Thursday 25 March 2021 @ 5 pm

Exeter Branch of the Historical Association 

Topic: The Commonwealth After Apartheid: The Democracy Agenda, 1991-1999

Speaker: Dr Stuart Mole

Time: Mar 25, 2021 05:00 pm (London time)

The long battles against apartheid and race became a defining struggle for the new Commonwealth as it developed a modern identity and grappled with imperial legacies and the often conflicting policy interests of the United Kingdom. But what happened after apartheid’s end? Did the ‘Democracy Agenda’ enable the Commonwealth to place a new emphasis on democracy and human rights, both within its ranks and more broadly?  Was this to become the Commonwealth’s new raison d’être? Stuart Mole, a Commonwealth diplomat through much of this period, brings a special insight, both from his academic research and from his personal experience.

This is a video of Dr Stuart Mole’s talk:

Below: Dr Stuart Mole

Wednesday 7 April 2021 @ 5 pm

Exeter Branch of the Historical Association 

Topic: The Indian Contingent: The Forgotten Muslim Soldiers of Dunkirk

Speaker: Dr Ghee Bowman, University of Exeter

Time: Apr 7, 2021 05:00 pm (London time)

Join local historian Ghee Bowman as he tells the little-known story of the Indian soldiers of Dunkirk. These men came 7000 miles around the world to help out the Empire. The majority of them made it safely to Britain, where they spent the next 3½ years, training with British infantry around the country, including in Devon. One company ended up as Prisoners of War. Hear stories of suffering, warm welcome and romance.    

See: Bowman, G. (2020) The Indian Contingent: The Forgotten Muslim Soldiers of Dunkirk. Cheltenham: The History Press. 

Despite the fact that there was glitch at the beginning of this talk and the manager of the HA Branch’s own Zoom failed to arrange for a shared screen and Dr Ghee Bowman himself had to issue a new invitation, but he was able to make a Cloud recording within the University of Exeter’s system. By running this as a shared screen it has been possible to make a fresh recording which can now be shared with everyone, especially those who missed the beginning of this talk.

Here is a recording of Dr Ghee Bowman’s talk:

Wednesday 28 April 20

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Exeter Branch Historical Association

Topic: Why did Chartism fail?

Speaker: Dr James Gregory, Associate Professor, University of Plymouth

Time: 4 pm (London time)

This is aimed at A-level students and will examine arguments, sources and interpretations. This is a pdf of the PowerPoint of James Gregory’s talk and below is a pre-recorded video.

This is a pre-recorded version of Associate Professor Gregory’s talk:

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Exeter Branch Historical Association

Topic: Local History for schools: using original documents from the Essex Record Office

Speaker: Ian Mason FHA

Using original documents can bring history to life and provide a sense of immediacy. This approach can be used for both primary and secondary students. Ian Mason has a lifetime of experience as a teacher and Archive Education Officer. Ian has also been Chair of the Historical Association Branches Committee. This talk has teachers in mind and demonstrates well how documents can be used in the classroom and indeed outside it.

Here is a video recording of Ian’s talk:


Wednesday 16 June 2021 05:00 PM London

Topic: Wembury (a parish near Plymouth): examining a local history case study with primary teachers and students in mind

Speaker: Robert Guyver FHA

The speaker was a primary teacher in this parish from 1974 to 1990 and sought to introduce active learning methods based on the work of J.S. Bruner, P.J. Rogers, Marjorie Reeves and R.G. Collingwood when engaging a class with local history resources and visits to places of local historical interest. He undertook 7 mini-case studies as a basis of postgraduate work. In these endeavours he was assisted by: Dr Jon Nichol, his tutor; by archivists in the West Devon Record Office; by local historian and farmer Robert Rowland; by the proprietor of a local listed house which became a hotel; by the Vicar, Rev. Tony Macey; and by the Plymouth Museum service. Robert will seek to identify some general principles from the project and from the particular sources used. This can now also be put into the context of the work of television historian Michael Wood, bearing in mind his observation that the view from the village can particularise (and give examples of) how national history was experienced on the ground by ‘ordinary’ people, many of whom were extraordinary. 

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Meeting ID: 813 2165 0996
Passcode: 488143

Here is a copy of the 1988 University of Exeter MEd dissertation which reports on the project.

Wednesday June 30 2021 5 pm London time

Topic: Graves of the Napoleonic Wars in St. Saviour’s Jersey – Revd. Peter Dyson

Time: Jun 30, 2021 05:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 853 9523 6506

Passcode: 088271

The Exeter Branch of the Historical Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Please find more information and an image of the speaker here:

And here:

Robert Guyver

Branch Secretary