Recent History Talks

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.