The Transatlantic Politics of the Mayflower II With Randal Charlton

The Arts Institute, Roland Levinksy Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:30

Join a discussion with Randal Charlton, son of Warwick Charlton, famed for the Project Mayflower and the construction of the Mayflower II, a replica of the original vessel.

Join an insightful discussion with Randal Charlton, son of Warwick Charlton, famed for the ambitious Project Mayflower and the construction of the Mayflower II, a replica of the original vessel built to recreate its voyage.

The building of the Mayflower ll happened to coincide with the 1956 Suez Crisis and a major rift in US/UK relations. At the same time France and other European countries committed to...


Tudor Propaganda: Early Modern 'Fake News'? With Dr Rebecca Emmett, Lecturer in History and Archival Practice, University of Plymouth

A Historical Association & University of Plymouth History department talk.

Fake news is not a modern invention. The Tudor regime deliberately and carefully projected a specific version of people and events to the public, to bolster and secure itself. Unflattering or unhelpful publications or images were ruthlessly suppressed and their creators suffered for their presumption. This talk from Dr Rebecca Emmett will focus on the reign of Elizabeth I and explore how the regime disseminated propaganda and repressed dissenting voices.

Rebecca is a historian of the 16th and...


The History & Work of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission With Rebecca Smith, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

A Historical Association & University of Plymouth History department talk.

In this fascinating talk Rebecca Smith, will give us an insight into the work and history of the commission since its inception in 1917.

The Commission honours the 1.7 million men and women of the armed forces of the British Empire who died during the First and Second World Wars.

It has a large public archive and aims to connect with local people and places, particularly reconnecting neighbourhoods with the First World War and Second World War stories held within their local cemeteries...

Lots of great content planned for this year’s Plymouth History Festival

Plymouth’s popular annual History Festival is going online this year. It will run from Friday 8 to Sunday 31 May with new content published daily on its website and social media channels to highlight the city’s brilliant heritage sector and history.

The festival will provide 24 consecutive days of information and insights.

Highlights will include online exhibitions and tours...

My Plymouth History – a city’s story in memory

Can you help shed light on the city’s past using information and images you have at home?

Throughout May, local history enthusiasts would normally be taking part in the many walks, talks, exhibitions and special events that are on offer during our annual Plymouth History Festival.

Although the physical festival is being replaced with a digital one this year due to the...

Pig killers, a bucket and the family: life in rural Devon

What was it actually like to grow up and work in rural West Devon during the 20th century?

Almost beyond imagination - but you can find out for yourself in a new book 'Farming and Rural Life' (£3 recommended donation or £4 posted) published by The Life Stories Project - part of Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) a registered charity ( http://tasstavistock.org.uk/category/...

Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture: A Many-Headed Monster? Crowds, Oaths, Petitions And Popular Politics On The Eve Of The English Civil War

The annual Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture brings an exciting and local historical topic to life with visiting academics and historians coming to Plymouth every year.

A not to be missed for all history lovers.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA


Talk: ‘An Inextricable Network Of Mutuality’: Martin Luther King, the US Civil Rights Movement And British Race Relations Since the 1960s

Professor Brian Ward of Northumbria University assesses the life and legacies of Martin Luther King on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis in April 1968.

He will be discussing Dr King’s changing sense of his role in a global struggle for peace, justice and equal opportunity. This talk will pay particular attention to his impact on British race relations and politics, and on the ways in which King and the Civil Rights movement have been memorialised in Britain and the US since his death.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts...

Talk: Luther and the Invention of the Reformation

Luther’s posting of 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in 1517 is among the most famous events of the Reformation. But did it really happen?

This talk reviews the evidence, and concludes it probably didn’t. So how did a ‘non-event’ end up becoming the defining moment of the Reformation and an iconic episode of the modern historical imagination?

Professor Peter Marshall from the University of Warwick explores what Luther’s theses-hammering has meant in different times and places, and the variety of purposes to which it has been put.

Tickets: £6 (...

Talk: Medieval Manuscripts and the Making (and Remaking) of Knowledge

Around the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire books began to replace scrolls as the primary means of preserving texts. However, for the first 1000 years of books' existence each one was laboriously copied by hand.

The choices made in the design and content had very significant consequences both for the preservation of knowledge and the ways in which readers accessed it.

Dr Cleaver, Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College, Dublin will explore ways in which medieval manuscripts shape how we think about and access information.

Tickets: £6 (...