Friday – Session 1 – FGTJ1
Visit: Exploring the Chester Landscape
Trevor James Editor, The Historian

This will be an unscripted interpretative walk around Chester’s city centre, where Dr Trevor James will apply the observational techniques to explore the urban landscape that he learned accompanying Professor W.G. Hoskins and Professor Alan Everitt on fieldwork over 50 years ago – lessons that he still practises today.

Friday – Session 1 – FGCE1 
Peninsular Wars
Charles Esdaile University of Liverpool

To be confirmed.

Friday – Session 2 – FGTG2
German Jews, the First World War and its devastating aftermath
Tim Grady University of Chester

Whether at home or at the front, German Jews played a central role in the First World War. Almost 100,000 Jews served, 12,000 died and across the country the Jewish communities dedicated themselves to the war effort. Yet historical writing has all too often overlooked these experiences, concentrating instead on the dangerous post-war ‘stab-in-the-back’ myth. This talk restores the diversity of German Jews’ wartime lives and in doing so forces us to rethink the conflict’s multiple legacies.

Friday – Session 3 – FGRF3
From pitch to publication
Richard Foreman Sharpe Books

Richard Foreman, bestselling historical novelist, discusses the best routes to publishing your work. Richard will talk about securing an agent or publisher, as well as the option of publishing a book yourself. Richard will also provide plenty of time to answer your questions about publishing and promoting your work.

Friday – Session 3 – FGEC3
‘He asked me for my husband’s vote repeatedly’: gender, place and power in controverted eighteenth-century elections
Elaine Chalus University of Liverpool

In controverted elections, outcomes were fought to a trial in front of a parliamentary select committee. Local men and women were transported to London by rival candidates to testify to votes and campaign irregularities. The resulting depositions not only provide an unrivalled insight into the dynamics of power in local politics in England at the end of the long eighteenth century, but they also preserve the voices of labouring-sort women who would otherwise be lost from history. This lecture draws upon controverted election testimonies to explore how these women took part in election campaigns – as workers, witnesses and objects of canvassing. It argues that they could and did play a formal legal role in a political system that recognised them as rational and reliable witnesses, and officially privileged their local knowledge and personal experience It also argues that they were regularly assumed to be potentially powerful figures of influence through their traditional links to men, be it their husbands or other male family members.

Friday – Session 4 – FGLC4  
Secondary education and social change since 1945
Laura Carter and Peter Mandler University of Cambridge

This talk will introduce a project currently being undertaken at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, exploring the social history of secondary education in the UK since 1945. Our project combines qualitative and quantitative data from social surveys, local authority education archives and oral histories to explore how secondary education has impacted people’s identities against the backdrop of the rapid social changes of this period. As well as highlighting our initial findings, this talk will ask for memories and reflections from the audience on their involvement in secondary education in the UK in the later twentieth century, as pupils and as teachers, focused around some key themes arising from our research.

Friday – Session 4 – FGCP4
Roman Chester Deva Victrix: life at the edge of the Roman Empire
University of Chester

This talk explores the ways in which archaeology has unearthed and shed light on the people of Roman Chester (Deva). As a legionary fortress situated at the edge of Britannia and the Imperium Romanum, Deva attracted people from across the Empire. Each brought with them their own cultural traditions and social practices, creating a cultural melting pot. What evidence for these individuals survives and how has it shaped a narrative of life in and around Roman Chester?

Saturday – Session 1 – SGGL1
Visit: Gladstone Library

To be confirmed.

Saturday – Session 1 – SGPG1
Regional capital or red herring? Chester’s role in the English Civil War, 1642–46
Peter Gaunt University of Chester

Chester became a major royalist stronghold early in the civil war and it remained so, despite repeated parliamentarian attempts to capture the city, until it surrendered near the end of the war. This lecture explores several key aspects of Chester’s civil war but, more particularly, it assesses the role Chester might have played, was expected to play and actually played in the conflict, viewed from both a royalist and a parliamentarian perspective, and it contrasts the (often startlingly different) priorities accorded to Chester by local commanders, by the regional war efforts and by the high commands in London and Oxford.

Saturday – Session 2
To be Confirmed

To be confirmed.

Saturday – Session 3 – SGTJ3
Visit: Chester’s churches
Trevor James Editor, The Historian

St John the Baptist Church, just to the south of the City Walls, is a Saxon foundation in origin. Internally it has dramatic Norman features, with medieval wall painting. Externally it was remodelled in the nineteenth century. Its wider site reveals the scale of its pre-Reformation magnificence and footprint. For a brief period 1075–95 it was Chester Cathedral.

Saturday – Session 3 – SGCH3
The doctor’s garden
Clare Hickman University of Chester

The late Georgian British garden was a place of botanic and agricultural enquiry as much as a place of pleasure and leisure. This talk will highlight this use of gardens by medical practitioners. As a group of men who had access to botanical training and, for those at the top end of the profession at least, a reasonable disposable income, medical practitioners were ideally placed to capitalise on the fashion
for botanical collecting and agricultural experimentation.

Saturday – Session 4 – SGTM4
Tara Morton

To be confirmed.

Historical Association Annual Conference 2019
Historical Association Annual Conference 2019
Historical Association Annual Conference 2019
Historical Association Annual Conference 2019


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