Bolton School Senior Girls

Historical Association Lectures to be Held at School

From the beginning of term, the Bolton Branch of the Historical Association and Horwich Heritage will hold their social meetings at Bolton School.

The Bolton Branch of the Historical Association has been running for about 70 years, and organises a series of monthly lectures spanning the autumn, winter and spring months. These are on the widest possible range of historical subjects, and this year’s offerings are no disappointment.

There are talks about every period in British history, from the middle ages to the Cold War. These will be delivered by a variety of highly qualified experts.

The November talk is sure to be a particular highlight: renowned historian and academic Professor Sir Peter Hennessy will be giving a talk titled ‘Cold War Whitehall: Writing about the Secret State’. Professor Hennessy specialises in contemporary British history; he has been Attlee Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary College, University of London, since 1992. He has extensively studied the restricted Cold War documents which were released under the Waldegrave initiative, and written two books on the subject: The Secret State: Whitehall and the Cold War, published in 2002, and a subsequent extended edition in 2010 titled The Secret State: Preparing For The Worst 1945 - 2010.

Mr Rob Thompson’s lecture, ‘Will the Real Great War Please Stand Up? The Development of Great War Historiography Over the Last 100 Years’, also promises to be poignant in light of the centenary of the First World War.

It is marvellous to think that the School, which will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and the 500th anniversary of education in Bolton in 2016, will be hosting such a range of speakers and topics. The meetings will take place in the Girls’ Division Theatre, starting at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month between September 2014 and March 2015. Non-members are welcome to the lectures, with an admission cost of £3.00 each.


Historical Association Lectures

8 September 2014
Mr Ed Owens: ‘The Changing Role of the Royal Family in Interwar England'

6 October 2014
Dr Martin Heale: ‘Whalley Abbey in the Late Middle Ages'

3 November 2014
Prof Sir Peter Hennessy: ‘Cold War Whitehall: Writing About the Secret State'

1 December 2014
Mr Rob Thompson: ‘Will the Real Great War Please Stand Up? The Development of Great War Historiography Over the Last 100 Years'

12 January 2015
Dr Charlotte Starkey: ‘From This Foul Drain the Greatest Stream of Human Industry Flows Out to Fertilise the Whole World: Conflicting Perceptions of Nineteenth Century Industrial Landscapes'

2 February 2015
Dr Julie Gottlieb: ‘Women in the Aftermath of Suffrage'

2 March 2015
Prof Richard Hoyle: ‘Robin Hood in the Sixteenth Century: One Outlaw or Several?'

For further details, please contact the Bolton Branch Secretary, Jenni Hyde:

Telephone: 01772 93033

The Historical Association