Online talks

Our exciting online programme of talks are free for everyone and include a live Q&A with the expert, specialist or guest speaker.

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England’s mistress: Emma Hamilton
22 January | 14:00
Kate Williams discusses the tumultuous life of Emma Hamilton, and how her affair with Lord Nelson became one of the most epic love stories of all time.

Belsen and the British
29 January | 14:00
Dan Stone examines what the British found at Belsen in April 1945, and explains how the aftermath of the liberation was never just a British affair.

Public health and the 1918-19 Influenza pandemic 
19 February| 14:00
Laura Robson-Mainwaring dives into the government’s response to the Influenza pandemic, at a time when the cause and treatment of Influenza was unknown.

AIDS: Prejudice, prevention and publicity
26 February | 14:00
Mark Dunton examines how the government wrestled with the limits of frankness in a national public education campaign to address the AIDS epidemic.

Serving Winston: The life of Churchill’s cook with Annie Gray
5 March | 14:00
Annie Gray celebrates the life, times and food of Georgina Landemare, No.10’s society chef, and serves us a reminder that behind every great man lies a woman who can make a mean custard.

Agents for change: Women and protest in The National Archives’ collection
12 March | 14:00
Vicky Iglikowski-Broad reflects on women and protest in modern Britain, from the movement for women’s suffrage to the Ford Dagenham Campaigns of the 1960s.

Dead famous: Greg Jenner
19 March | 14:00
Greg Jenner unravels how celebrity burst into life in the early 18th century, as he assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople and more, to search for its historical roots.

Uncovering hidden stories: Women in archives
26 March | 14:00
Angelina Osborne gives a glimpse into the lives of women around the world, from their determination to receive a university education to to raising awareness of injustices in institutions.