History 2

Members of History Group 2 share a general interest in history with no particular focus. We find that meeting monthly encourages us to read around topics new to us and to listen to subjects we know nothing about – all about broadening the mind.

We have been in the 18th century for several years now – worldwide history. However, we are not strict about this and listen with interest to whatever members bring us as a look at our programme will show. We take it in turn to research a topic and lead a session about it.

 This might be a presentation or giving us something to read that we then discuss. It is entirely up to you. Alternatively members organise a trip or a visit. Anything is possible.

Meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month from 10 till 12 in members’ homes. No-one is required to host a meeting, it works flexibly. We usually have one topic per session and fill up our time with general chat and refreshments.

The co-ordinator is Helen Boocock (e-mail), or telephone 07818 690925.

January Benjamin Franklin – the first half.
February Chantry Chapels
March The East India Company.
AprilSt Helena Island
May Josiah Wedgewood and the subsequent emasculation of family vigour
June She – Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen
July The Romanovs Part II
August Visit to Ashover Church and Village.
September Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of the United States of America.
October The Shelley Circle – were they ‘shockers’?
November “A Walk Through Georgian Music”
December 18th Century London reflected by William Hogarth
JanuaryThe History of the Perfume Industry (with smellavision) with special emphasis on Georgian and early Victorian times.
FebruaryA History of Putney, fact and fiction.
MarchContinental Composers of the 18th Century
AprilSerfdom in Suffolk in the late middle ages, 1200-1500.
MayNewstead Abbey - visit
JuneA visit to St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth
AugustThe Americas in the 18th century.