History 2

After several years of meeting in members’ homes, we went on Zoom in April 2020. We meet monthly; when we were able to meet in person we combined historical research and discussion with coffee and chat. We also usually organised one or two visits each year.

In autumn 2021 we managed two hybrid meetings with some members meeting at the Co-ordinator’s home and others joining on Zoom.  These have been suspended whilst Omicron sorts itself out and we are back wholly on Zoom for now.

Members take responsibility for researching and giving a presentation or leading a discussion about a topic each month. We have been in the 18th century for several years now – worldwide history. We don’t stick strictly to this period and are happy to hear about other interests. For a time we had two shorter sessions at each meeting but have drifted back to one topic per month.

Our programme for 2021 and plans so far for 2022 are as follows:

2021  2022 
JanuaryThe Ragged Schools

Japan in the 18th century
JanuaryElizabeth Fry
FebruaryGeorge Washington

Freedom of Movement From Earliest Times to the Present
FebruaryCharlotte of Micklenburg-Sterelitz
MarchMeissen/German porcelain in the 18th Century

The Inheritance of Francis Galton
AprilFreedom of Speech across the ages.

Catherine the Great
MayWolfe Tone and his part in the 1798 Rebellion

Barnoldswick in the 18th century: the story of a West Riding Pennine town.
MayNative Americans in the 18th century.
JuneCaroline Herschel – The Accidental Astronomer

June‘England had more freedom of worship in the year 1700 than America had’. D H Lawrence.
JulyExtract from the Memoirs of Maria Doroshinskaya as transcribed by Norman RimmellJuly
AugustCauses and consequences of the American War of Independence. August
SeptemberThe Irish Potato FamineSeptember
OctoberThe history of Sèvres PorcelainOctober
NovemberThe travels and travails of Lady Mary Wortley-Montague November
DecemberEngland in the 14th centuryDecember

To contact the History Group 2 coordinator, Helen Boocock, please e-mail, or telephone 01629 734290.