Wednesday, 6 February 2013


All events will be held at The Annexe Room-upstairs, The Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street Sheffield S1 2JB (facing the Crucible theatre).The price of all tickets will be £8 for non-members and £7 for members-Please note the £1 increase in ticket prices-this is due to paying extra for better speakers.

Saturday April 27 2.30pm
Tracy Borman, Medieval & Tudor historian, speaking on her book “Matilda, Queen of the Conqueror-First Queen of England”
We are delighted to welcome back Tracy Borman after her stunning performance given to us on her book “Elizabeth’s Women” Tracy now returns to speak on her second book.
Matilda of Flanders was the diminutive yet formidable wife of William the Conqueror. As Duchess of Normandy and Queen of England, she broke the mould of female consorts and carved out a position of power in a male-dominated world. It was largely thanks to her that William was able to establish the mighty Norman dynasty and win over his rebellious English subjects. In this compelling new biography, Tracy tells the story of Matilda's rise to power, her tempestuous marriage to William, and the treachery that tore the Norman dynasty apart.
Monday June 24 7.30pm
Jean Townsend speaking on “Richard III-the man behind the myth” The talk will explore this very English king from his birth in Northamptonshire to his death in Leicestershire. It will examine the legends and propaganda surrounding Richard III.
Jean is a social historian specialising in the 15th and early 16th centuries. She is an adult education tutor and lecturer. She is secretary if the Lincolnshire branch of the Richard III society.  She comes highly recommended from a talk at Gainsborough Old Hall.
Saturday August 31 at 2.30pm
Tessa Dunlop, the renowned tv presenter, historian and broadcaster. This is a great coup for the Friends. Tess regularly appears on the One Show, Breakfast tv and many people will know as a presenter of BBC 2 “Coast” series. She is ranked as one of the best speakers in the country.
Her subject is English Princess to Warrior Queen. Marie and World War 1.” Queen Marie of Romania began life as an English princess (Queen Victoria’s granddaughter). She became one of the Entente’s most important allies, continually wrote to her ‘dear cousin’ George V and the Tsar (before his dramatic abdication – which had dire consequences for Romania squeezed up against the Russian border)  and was regarded by the Americans, Brits and French as one of the great personalities of the war.
Saturday November 9 2.30pm
Dr. Steven Gunn from Merton College Oxford speaking on “Everyday life & Accidental death in 16th century Yorkshire”
A popular question asked at a lot of talks is how did the common people live in Tudor times and just as important how did they die. Dr Steven Gunn lecturer in history at Merton College Oxford has made a study of this and more than that has regionalised it to Yorkshire to give a more localised feel to the talk. In addition to how people lived, he has studied numerous Coroners reports of the time and the causes of death are far different to what we are aware of today.
It promises to be a fascinating talk - Steven Gunn is an accomplished lecturer at Oxford University plus he has a glowing reference as a speaker from a talk at Gainsborough Old Hall.
David Starkey has a spot in the Speaker programme but we have to be fluid with dates with him so this date will be advised at a later date
( New Ticket prices shown at top of page)
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