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Rossett Talks - A series of interesting and thought provoking online talks


Start date: 22nd Feb 2020

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £25

Day: Monday

Tutor: Rossett Talks

Course code: 21SP999

We are please to offer 5 very different subjects for this online season of the Rossett Talks, all delivered by respected experts in their field.

The fee is for all 5 talks and Andy Ison will be hosting these events online, and inviting questions.

The talks will be delivered via Zoom, and once enrolled you will receive a Zoom invite a couple of days before the first talk. If you cannot watch at the alotted time, we can make these talks available to you on a recording for you to watch at your leisure.

22nd February: Colin Philpott – Secret Wartime Britain

 In a rich and varied career, Colin has been a producer with the BBC, the Head of BBC Yorkshire and Director of the National Media Museum in Bradford. He is also an experienced radio presenter, film producer, playwright and he has published numerous books on history, including ‘Relics of the Reich’ and ‘Secret Wartime Britain’.

 Overview: Secret Wartime Britain

The stories of secret places which contributed to the war effort in World War II Britain including research into whether people kept vital information secret during the conflict.


1st March: Emilie Knight – Zero Waste Society

 Emilie Knight is Community & Communications Manager, Allerton Waste Recovery Park.  She was employed to set up suppliers for this new waste treatment facility and Emilie now runs the Visitor Centre. A keen advocate for recycling and waste reduction, Emilie runs workshops and participates in a variety of community events as part of the AWRP Community Champions programme.

Overview: Zero Waste Society

We all have a responsibility for the waste we generate. This lecture provides an introduction to how Allerton Waste Recovery Park treats our household waste and what we can all do to reduce our impact, including our purchasing and disposal habits, how we influence others and initiatives for getting to zero waste.


8th March: Phil Ginnings – Gardens of Stone: Memorialising the Great War

 Phil taught History and Politics at secondary and further education level for 25 years. He has a special interest in 19th & 20th century history and has undertaken a wide range of research on the experiences and commemoration of conflict. He has an MA in Second World War Studies, is a Fellow of Holocaust Education at the Imperial War Museum and member of the Western Front Association, and is now a specialist genocide educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust and tour guide. He frequently leads adult and school groups to sites of conflict around Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland.  He also volunteers as a regional board member for a charity committed to remembrance and education about genocide.

 Overview: Gardens of Stone: Memorialising the Great War  

Thoughts on how and why we remember the First World War with reflections on the role of special places, statues, memorials and commemorations play in society – and how they change over time.  


 15th March: Professor Joyce Hill – The Leeds Cross and the Vale of York Hoard

 Professor Joyce Hill is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Leeds and an international authority on the transmission of Christian culture in early medieval Europe. Amongst her many roles, Joyce was Professor of Old and Middle English Language and Literature, Head of the School of English, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the university.


 I: A study of the tenth-century Leeds Cross, now standing in Leeds Minster. It is the product of a culture in which the Vikings had settled amongst the local inhabitants – the Anglo-Scandinavian world.

 II: Reflections on the Vale of York Hoard, buried locally by a rich merchant of the Anglo-Scandinavian World, and discovered in 2007. It is one of the greatest finds of recent history, a fascinating insight on the diversity of cultural contacts in the medieval world, with objects coming from as far apart as Afghanistan in the East and Ireland in the West, as well as Russia, Scandinavia and continental Europe.


 22nd March: Dr Rob Grout – Childhood in Late Medieval England

 Rob is an academic who recently completed his PhD at the University of York. He is a specialist in medieval history with a focus on childhood in England in the 14th and 15th centuries.

 Overview: Childhood in Late Medieval England

 Rob will share some of the main findings from the research for his recent doctorate. He reflects on how children were understood, educated, trained and disciplined in the 14th and 15th centuries. Rob offers insights on what it was to be young in England during a time of extraordinary change and turmoil.



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