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Community News & Views | Historical Association AGM

The Chichester branch of the Historical Association, one of just under 50 in the country, continues to play a vital part in the cultural life of Chichester and West Sussex.


The programme just celebrated at the annual general meeting included eight talks held between September, 2017, and May, 2018. All the speakers were acknowledged experts in their field. All had published widely and all were experienced and talented speakers. Two were former directors of the Institute of Historical Research in London, the mecca for historians in this country.


Branch president, Dr Andrew Foster, said: “This quality of speakers probably explains why our branch received excellent support during the year with an average attendance of just under 50 people per meeting. Moreover, the programme was supported by enthusiasts who travelled from as far away as Southampton, the Isle of Wight, Brighton and Horsham.


“The branch also hosted another local heat of the ‘Great Debate’ – a nationwide competition for sixth-form pupils – while the AGM, as usual, featured a series of mini-talks given by members of the branch.


“Refreshments are now provided at all meetings and visitors will encounter a very convivial atmosphere as well as lively debate.”


Talks in the past year covered: Britain in the 1970s, the British Empire in global perspective, Bishop George Bell, the origins of the American Civil War, women, lordship and power in the Middle Ages, 1066, East Germany in 1989, and the Lionheart in captivity.


Branch membership is open to all at a reasonable price and gains access to all meetings, newsletters and contact with like-minded people interested in history.


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