Our 2022/23 Programme

Talks on Saturdays, 2.30pm, Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB. Visitors and prospective members warmly welcomed –  £3. Tea etc served afterwards. The talks will also be available live on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89012164046 Meeting ID: 890 1216 4046.


24th SeptemberAfter a short AGM
The Crisis of the Meritocracy:  How Popular Demand (not Politicians) Made Britain into a Mass Education Society
Dr Peter Mandler.
Professor of Modern Cultural History. Univ.Cambridge
15th OctoberCarry on Spying: The British technique, Cold War intelligence and espionage.Eleanor Brown:
Combined Military Services Museum. Maldon,
3rd DecemberThe Racial Reckoning with Slavery and Racism in the US: 1619-2020
(Light seasonal refreshments after the talk)
Dr Cheryl Hudson.
Lecturer in US Political History, Liverpool University
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7th January   A LIVE DEBATE TOPIC: The Putney Debates: Nov 2nd  – 11th 1647The planned meeting on the Crusades has been cancelled due to the speakers ill heaith
4th February    We’ll always have Paris! Stranger than fiction stories behind “A betrayal of heroes” David Ellsworth. Prepare to be amazed!Dave McCall. Writer
4th March Warfare in the 10th and 11th centuries – with particular reference to the Battle of Maldon.John Pullen-Appleby. Writer
22nd April The Cuban Missile Crisis revisited.Professor David Stevenson. London School of Economics
13th May From Soviet to Independent Ukraine
(Please note the subject has changed because of the unavailability of the advertised speaker)
Dr Felix Schnell, University of Essex
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