History Group

Contact: Philip Stewart

The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, except August, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The meetings are usually held at the City URC Upper Room in Windsor Place.

April 2024

Wednesday 24th April

14:00 – 15:00
History Group

Ian Doyle La Reconquista de Buenos Aires

‘The Reconquest of Buenos Aires’ is a public painting on display in Buenos Aires depicting the surrender of Major General William Carr Beresford to Jacques de Liniers, a French Captain in the service of the King of Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Ian will explain the relevance of the painting to Anglo-Argentine relations and the historical significance of the scene depicted in the painting

May 2024

Wednesday 8th May

14:00 – 15:00
History Group

Martyn Swain History of the Newport Transporter Bridge

Martin’s talk will discuss the history of bridges crossing the River Usk at Newport, the problems with the Old Town Bridge in the late C19th and the reasons for the construction of the Transporter Bridge, completed in 1906. I will show several wonderful old photographs of the Old Town Bridge and the construction of the Transporter Bridge. Martin shall conclude with a short explanation of the current building of a new visitor centre and the restoration work to the bridge before it reopens later this year.

Wednesday 22nd May

14:00 – 15:00
History Group

Sarah Boyce The History of Holidays.

The story of holidays through the ages from holiday festivals of Ancient Egypt to Victorian and Edwardian excursionists.

June 2024

Wednesday 12th June

14:00 – 15:00
History Group

Mike Bailey The Anniversary of D Day

A look at the British involvement in the Normandy campaign. It will look at the British forces evolving from a relatively green force to a far more professional army capable of bettering the Germans.

Wednesday 26th June

14:00 – 15:00
History Group

Truda Bell The expedition of Scott and Amundsen

July 2024

Wednesday 10th July

14:00 – 15:00
History Group

Wednesday 24th July

14:00 – 15:00
History Group

Latest news from the group

Recent History Talks

Published 27th March 2024

Wedesday 27th March Mike gave a talk on the Battle of Flodden. This looked at what is a long forgotten but massively important battle in our history. It looked at Catherine of Aragon’s role as regent and left to deal with an opportunist French-encouraged Scottish invasion whilst Henry VIII was campaigning in France.

Wednesday 13th March Peter gave a talk on the history of train robberies in the U.S.A and beyond in the late 1800s and early 1900s, focussing on Jesse and Frank James, followed by the true facts of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. 

Wednesday, 28th February Les Hales presented a talk on “The Fishing Industry in Hull and Grimsby – Tragedy and Triumph”. In the 1950s and 1960s, the wealth of towns in the east of England was created by deep sea fishing – one of the most dangerous industries in the world.  Les Hales’ talk included some tragic losses and the actions of one community, led by women, to improve conditions for trawlermen.

Wednesday 13th Febeuary Sarah gave a talk entitled ‘Grandpa Tom and the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign of WW1’. The talk gave a condensed look at the stages of the unsuccessful Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign of 1915 WW1 and a glimpse into Sarah’s Grandad’s brief service there with the 8th Battalion (Pioneer) Welsh regiment.

Wednesday 24th January Andrew Rees gave a talk entitled Abandoned History of South Wales.  Andrew’s talk looked at four lesser known historic sites in South Wales, from Pre-History, Roman, Medieval and Victorian/Edwardian giving a window onto some sites that members may not know about.

Wednesday 10th January David Hughes talked about the Life of Sir Christopher Wren, famous as the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt after the Great Fire in 1666, but also an astronomer, mathematician and physicist.

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