The History & Work of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission With Rebecca Smith, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

A Historical Association & University of Plymouth History department talk.

In this fascinating talk Rebecca Smith, will give us an insight into the work and history of the commission since its inception in 1917.

The Commission honours the 1.7 million men and women of the armed forces of the British Empire who died during the First and Second World Wars.

It has a large public archive and aims to connect with local people and places, particularly reconnecting neighbourhoods with the First World War and Second World War stories held within their local cemeteries...

Lots of great content planned for this year’s Plymouth History Festival

Authored by Mary

Plymouth’s popular annual History Festival is going online this year. It will run from Friday 8 to Sunday 31 May with new content published daily on its website and social media channels to highlight the city’s brilliant heritage sector and history.

The festival will provide 24 consecutive days of information and insights.

Highlights will include online exhibitions and tours...

My Plymouth History – a city’s story in memory

Authored by News Desk

Can you help shed light on the city’s past using information and images you have at home?

Throughout May, local history enthusiasts would normally be taking part in the many walks, talks, exhibitions and special events that are on offer during our annual Plymouth History Festival.

Although the physical festival is being replaced with a digital one this year due to the...

Pig killers, a bucket and the family: life in rural Devon

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What was it actually like to grow up and work in rural West Devon during the 20th century?

Almost beyond imagination - but you can find out for yourself in a new book 'Farming and Rural Life' (£3 recommended donation or £4 posted) published by The Life Stories Project - part of Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) a registered charity ( http://tasstavistock.org.uk/category/...

Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture: A Many-Headed Monster? Crowds, Oaths, Petitions And Popular Politics On The Eve Of The English Civil War

The annual Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture brings an exciting and local historical topic to life with visiting academics and historians coming to Plymouth every year.

A not to be missed for all history lovers.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA


Talk: ‘An Inextricable Network Of Mutuality’: Martin Luther King, the US Civil Rights Movement And British Race Relations Since the 1960s

Professor Brian Ward of Northumbria University assesses the life and legacies of Martin Luther King on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis in April 1968.

He will be discussing Dr King’s changing sense of his role in a global struggle for peace, justice and equal opportunity. This talk will pay particular attention to his impact on British race relations and politics, and on the ways in which King and the Civil Rights movement have been memorialised in Britain and the US since his death.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts...

Talk: Luther and the Invention of the Reformation

Luther’s posting of 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in 1517 is among the most famous events of the Reformation. But did it really happen?

This talk reviews the evidence, and concludes it probably didn’t. So how did a ‘non-event’ end up becoming the defining moment of the Reformation and an iconic episode of the modern historical imagination?

Professor Peter Marshall from the University of Warwick explores what Luther’s theses-hammering has meant in different times and places, and the variety of purposes to which it has been put.

Tickets: £6 (...

Talk: Medieval Manuscripts and the Making (and Remaking) of Knowledge

Around the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire books began to replace scrolls as the primary means of preserving texts. However, for the first 1000 years of books' existence each one was laboriously copied by hand.

The choices made in the design and content had very significant consequences both for the preservation of knowledge and the ways in which readers accessed it.

Dr Cleaver, Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College, Dublin will explore ways in which medieval manuscripts shape how we think about and access information.

Tickets: £6 (...

Uncover Plymouth launches site to promote city to the world

Authored by uncoverplymouth

Growing social brand Uncover Plymouth has just launched its website, aiming to promote all that is great about past and present of the city via original blog-style stories.

The site – www.uncoverplymouth.co.uk – is the latest progression of the brand and aims to help boost Plymouth’s image to a wider – and ultimately global - audience.

Curator of the brand, Jon Bennett who was...

Sixties event to kick start major History Centre community project

Authored by News Desk

Did you once scoot up and down Royal Parade on your Vespa or shimmy on down at The Quay Club? If so, an evening dedicated to the 1960s this May could be just your thing.

‘Sounds of the Sixties’ will officially mark the start of a major Plymouth History Centre community engagement project called ‘Plymouth After Dark’.

This four year outreach project will explore the range of...


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