Professor Joe Maiolo, King’s College, London. ‘Why Stalin was surprised by Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941′
Dr Lawrence Goldman, St Peter’s College, Oxford. ‘Statesmanship and Evasion: Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War.’
Professor David Stevenson, LSE. ‘The 1912 Balkan Wars and the coming of the First World War.’
Dr John Watts, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. ‘The Results of the Wars of the Roses-the effects of the wars on the distribution of power, government, politics and culture, c1470-1530.’
Dr Jennifer Altehanger, King’s College, London. ‘Under the Chairman’s Sun: the People’s Republic of China from ‘Golden Age’ through Cultural Revolution 1949-1975.’
Professor Peter Heather, King’s College, London. ‘Empires and Barbarians: Migration and the Making of Europe in the first Millennium AD.’
Guided visit to Brookwood Cemetery
Guided walk around Bray village (Berks.) led by Nigel Saul.
Dr. Michael Brett of the School of Oriental and African Studies – ‘Morocco to Egypt: a History of Revolt’.
Dr. Stephen Lovell of King’s College, London – ’20 Years after the Fall: remembering the Soviet Union’.
Professor Jan Palmowski of Kings College, London – ‘Living with the Berlin Wall: the GDR and the Cold War’.
Dr. Catherine Ferguson of Sussex University – Medieval Pilgrimages’.
Dr. Stephen Baxter of Kings College, London – ‘Rethinking Domesday: fresh perspectives on Conquest England, 1066’.
Dr. David Smith of Selwyn College, Cambridge – How far was Charles I responsible for the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642?’
Professor Glyn Redworth of Manchester University – England and Spain in the Golden Age: the curious case of the she-apostle’.
Dorney Court, Eton.
Professor Nigel Saul will lead a visit to Ewelme Church, almshouse and village.
Dr Tracey Sowerbey, Pembroke College, Oxford. ‘Henry VIII and the European Reformation.’
Visit to The Spike at Warren Road, Guildford, GU1 3JH. A talk by the Chairman of the Spike followed by a one hour tour.
Dr. James Ross of the National Archives. ‘One of the greatest of English Kings or a ruler without any conspicuous merits’? The reign of Edward IV (1461-83).
Dr. Jonathan Moore of London Metropolitan University. ‘Great Britain and Ireland, 1900-18’
Christmas Party at Guildford Guildhall, 7pm.
Graham Searle will give an illustrated talk. ‘The Age of Improvement! Changes in Victorian society and their effects on the character and development of sport in 19th century Britain’.
Dr. Ed Bispham of Brasenose College, Oxford. ‘Disrespect in Retrospect: the Emperor Tiberius and the breaking of a reputation’.
Dr. Jane McDermid of Southampton University. ‘Everyday life in Stalin’s Russia, looking at the Terror through a series of case studies by using memoirs to examine life in the labour camps and diaries to consider life in the cities’.
Dr. Steve Tsang of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. ‘The Kidnapping of Chiang Kai-shek in Xian in 1936 and the start of China’s War of Resistance against Japan in 1937: a revisionist assessment’.
2.15pm. London Charterhouse visit.
AGM followed by Lawrence Goldman, Fellow of St. Peter’s College, Oxford, Editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, “Rewriting British History, The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Guildford’s Place in it.”
Dr. Alice Rio of King’s College, London. “Slavery in the Age of Charlemagne. What happened to the Roman slaves?”
Professor Colin Jones of Queen Mary College, London, “Famine, credit crunch and political crisis. The causes of the French Revolution.”
Visit to Polesden Lacey. “Nooks and Crannies.” Afternoon tour of parts of the House not normally open. Tickets £12. Own transport. 2pm to 4pm
Christmas Party at Guildford Museum, Castle Street, 7pm. Talk by Alan Wakefield of the Imperial War Museum. “Christmas in the trenches. 1914-18.” Tickets £5, including buffet and drinks.
Dr. Piers Brendon of Churchill College Cambridge. “The Decline and Fall of the British Empire.”
Dr. Stephanie Dalley, Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. “Recent Discoveries in Iraq: royal tombs and looted archives.”
Dr. Steven Gunn of Merton College Oxford. “Tudor Rebellions: the role of the nobility.”
Visit to the Royal College of Arms, 130 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BT.
Bob’s Walk. “Gunpowder and Leather after the Great Stink.”
4.30pm Visit to Loseley Park. Tour of the house at 5pm. Gardens open afterwards.
A.G.M. followed by Professor Kathleen Burk of University College, London.”The character of early American Settlements: the grievances which developed and the build up to the American War of Independence”.
Professor Nigel Saul of Royal Holloway College, University of London. ‘Chivalry and the Hundred Years War’
Roger Crowley, author of “Empire of the Sea” and “Constantinople”. Empires of the Sea; the Ottoman-Hapsburg contest for the Mediterranean in the Sixteenth Century.
Christmas Party. To be held at Guildford Museum, Castle Street. Please note early start time of 7pm. Talk by Matthew Alexander “Surrey Christmas Customs”.
Richard Holmes. Professor in Military History at Cranfield University. “Marlborough, England’s Fragile Genius”.
Professor Alfred Smythe. “Who built Offa’s Dyke? New Perspectives on Early Medieval Britain.”
Professor Peter Hennessey, Fellow of the British Academy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History. “Writing the history of one’s own times; Britain since the Second World War.”
Bob’s walk. “St Paul, a marsh and bones.” To include the Museum of Childhood.
Visit to Lambeth Palace. Further details available in the new year. Cost £7.
AGM followed by Sean Lang (Anglia Polytechnic University). ‘Lessons on the British Empire – a history of teaching on the British Empire from 1870 to the present date’.
Visit to Apsley House and the Wellington Arch. 12.45pm.
Dr. Peter Heather (Worcester College, Oxford). ‘Changing views of the fall of Rome’.
Charles Spencer: Prince Rupert: The Last Cavalier. The Management School Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey
Dr. Eveline Cruickshanks ‘James II; Enlightened King or Villain?’
Christmas Party at the Guildhall. Donald Clarke. ‘Re-enactment of the life and plight of a vagabond in Elizabethan England’.
Professor David Stevenson (London School of Economics). ‘The origins of the war of 1939’.
Professor Carl Bridge (King’s College, London). ‘Naval strategies in the Pacific 1895-1945’.
Dr. Glyn Redworth (Manchester University). ‘Before the Armada. Philip II as King of England 1554-1558’.
A London walk led by Bob Smyth. ‘Two Worlds; EC3 and EC1. Bankers and Bangladeshis.’
2pm. Visit to Winchester College, including the archives.
Visit to Spencer House and Clarence House in St. James’s, 10.30am to 1.30pm. Further details from the secretary.
Short AGM followed by Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton. ‘Knowing too much, knowing too little? Agincourt and Bosworth compared.’ Click here to read about her book ‘Agincourt’.
Professor Tony Stockwell of Royal Holloway College. ‘Proconsuls and the Ending of Empire: from Mountbatten to Patten’.
Dr. David Starkey, Bye Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. ‘Monarchy and the Beginnings of Modernity in England’. 7.30pm at the School of Management Lecture Theatre, University of Surrey.
Robert Fox, Defence Correspondent for the Evening Standard. ‘The Conflict in Iraq and its Historical Context’.
7pm. Christmas Party at the Guildhall. Tickets £5. Matthew Alexander of the Guildford Museum. ‘Victorian Guildford’.
Dr. Steven Gunn, Merton College Oxford. ‘The Elizabethan Court’ (Illustrated).
Dr David Andress, Reader in Modern European History, University of Portsmouth. ‘1789: Britain, America and the French Revolution’.
Michael Jones: ‘The battle of Stalingrad: the Turning Point of the Second World War?’
Visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a walk led by Bob Smyth. Meet steps of St. Paul’s, 10.50am
Late afternoon visit to Stratfield Saye.