Online talks

View our programme of free online talks with details of how to book tickets.

Online talks in October

Harry and Ethel: Unlikely Spies

Friday 8 October at 14:00

Discover a fascinating story of spies, state secrets and the Soviet Union.

In this illustrated talk, Principal Contemporary Records Specialist Mark Dunton draws on rich material from the files of the Security Service in order to tell this scandalous story of the fates of two unlikely spies.

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Women for Peace: Greenham Common

Wednesday 14 October at 19:30

Women for Peace displays the incredible craftsmanship and powerful designs of the protest banners from the Greenham camps.

This talk will celebrate the creativity of the thousands of women who took stand at the protests, and whose struggle and tenacity continues to inspire and motivate activists today.

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Re-thinking the lives of Black Victorians

Friday 15 October at 14:00

Discover stories of the Black British population and their lives within Victorian Britain.

In this enlightening talk, Caroline Bressey returns to the individuals she wrote about in her PhD and tells their stories in the context of the multi-cultural communities they lived and worked in.

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In conversation with Kate Summerscale: The Haunting of Alma Fielding

Friday 22 October at 14:00

Join bestselling author, and award-winning pioneer of historical narrative non-fiction, Kate Summerscale, in conversation about her latest book.

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Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War tragedy

Friday 29 October at 14:00

Join author and historian Anne Sebba as she brings to life Ethel Rosenberg’s tragic story with dramatic prison letters that Ethel exchanged with her husband, lawyer and psychotherapist over a three-year period, as well as interviews with Ethel’s two sons and others who knew her, including a fellow prisoner.

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Online talks in November

The wedding of the century: Arthur and Katherine (1501)

Friday 12 November at 14:00

The wedding of Katherine of Aragon to Arthur Tudor in November 1501 was the most spectacular royal wedding and public festival of the 15th/16th century. Join us in looking at the incredible detail of the wedding but also its wider consequences for the Tudor family and for England.

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All the Kings’ Fools: Disability and the Tudors

Wednesday 17 November at 19:30

From the nobility to the lowest of society (including William Somer, Henry VIII’s fool at court), Phillipa Vincent-Connolly casts a light on the lives of disabled people in Tudor England and guides us through the social, religious, cultural and ruling classes’ response to disability as it was then perceived.

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