Aug 30, 2021
We are delighted to announce that our ever popular and well attended talks will, at long last, be resuming. As before, talks will be held at the Apostle Room at Clifton Cathedral where there is ample free parking.
Both autumn talks will start at 8pm, with doors open at 7.30pm to allow time for liquid refreshment and a chat.
The first talk will be on Tuesday, October 26th and will be preceded by a brief Annual General Meeting. The speaker will be George Ferguson, former Mayor of Bristol, who will talk about the Our World consortium and its plans for the Clifton Zoo site. As members will be aware, Our World is keen to purchase the site and to transform it into a world class, virtual zoo attraction. Many would be sad to see the site sold for high density residential development and will, therefore, be keen to learn what exactly Our World's plans are and whether they are likely to be realised.
The second talk will be on Tuesday, November 23rd and is by the ever popular Ronald Hutton whose impeccable scholarship and erudition are matched only by his wit and showmanship! In recent years he has become a television personality, frequently invited to contribute to historical documentaries.
Professor Hutton will talk to us about Oliver Cromwell, the subject of his recently published book, The Making of Oliver Cromwell. One reviewer has described the book as, "A remarkable new work which untangles the fact from the fiction (in which) Hutton reveals a man who was both genuine in his faith and deliberate in his dishonesty and uncovers the inner workings of the man who has puzzled biographers for centuries."
Come along and find out whether what you learned at school about this intriguing man was, indeed, the truth!
Our first talk in 2022 will take place on Tuesday, January 25th. It will be given by CHIS member, Professor John Bradfield and is entitled Tales from the Hotwells Waterfront. John is passionate about the history of Hotwells, where he lives, and this promises to be an entertaining and revealing talk.