Friday – Session 1 – FGTJ1
Visit: Exploring the Chester Landscape
Charles Esdaile, University of Liverpool
Charles Esdaile will lead a walking tour of Chester, to include the walls and other Civil-War sites – including a haunted brothel!
Friday – Session 1 – FGCE1
Exploring the Saintly Landscape
Trevor James, Editor, The Historian
For forty years Trevor James has been examining and researching the largely unrecognised evidence for a saintly landscape, though place names, street names, inn names, church dedications and local customs. This will be an introduction to his conclusions.
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
Deva Victrix: life at the edge of the Roman Empire
Caroline Pudney, 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 – SGAO1
Angelina Osborne, Historical researcher and heritage consultant
This lecture will share the story of Olive Morris, a community activist in South London in the 1970s. She was founder of the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent and died of cancer aged 27 in 1979. Through her activities organising the black community and feminist activism, she left behind an extraordinary legacy of local activism.
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 – SGCE2
Alfred versus the Viking Great Army
Caitlin Ellis, The Queen’s College, Oxford
This lecture will explore how stunning archaeological discoveries have shed new light on the reign of Alfred the Great and his struggles with the Vikings, revealing the might of the Viking armies and the international connections of his kingdom.
Saturday – Session 2 – SGJH2
A History of the Reformation in 5 Ballads
Jenni Hyde, Associate Vice President, Historical Association
The English Reformation was a time of uncertainty which saw the rapid development of confessional identities – people began to see themselves and others as either Protestant or Catholic. This session will look at how these changes were reflected in popular song, taking 5 examples from across the Tudor period.
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
Suffrage lives, 1866 to 1914
Tara Morton, University of Warwick
When, as a researcher, I was asked to take part in the Historical Association’s Suffrage Resources project and to populate the database for it, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t? It offered the opportunity to delve into the archives, reaching back in time to the symbolic beginnings of the organised women’s suffrage movement in 1866, when almost 1,500 women signed a petition for female suffrage, presented to Parliament by Liberal MP John Stuart Mill, and to work on government records listing suffragettes arrested between 1906 and 1914, over 40 years later. In this workshop I’d like to share that research journey with you, navigating through some of the difficulties and discoveries, realities and diversities of suffrage lives featured in the database, and often ‘hidden’ from popular suffrage histories.