The Hebden Bridge Lectures

Hebden Bridge Town Hall • The Waterfront Hall • Bar/Café open at 6:30 pm

Lectures start at 7:30 pm sharp – No admission to Lectures after 7:30 pm 

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Chris Renwick is a historian focusing on Britain since the early nineteenth century. His main area of expertise is the relationship between biology, social science, and politics, in particular how the interaction of the three has shaped the way we think about, study, and govern society. His work on these subjects has received international and interdisciplinary recognition.

    This lecture will draw on the themes set out in his recent book Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State

    From the pious charity of the medieval hospitals and monasteries through the Elizabethan poor law to the Beveridge report, the Welfare State has had a long journey. Where's it going from here?

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Ghosts – and especially their appearances in art and literature – offer a window on to “the great changes that, over time, have made us see the world in new ways”. The Reformation, the Enlightenment, the age of technology – all have shaped the development of ghosts, and look different when seen through a ghostly lens.

    In the 14th and 15th centuries, ghosts dwelt in purgatory, hovering between heaven and hell, and so were able to warn the living of the dangers of sin at the same time as offering the promise of eventual redemption. This changed with the Reformation, when purgatory was officially abolished by the new Church of England.

    Susan couldn't come on Halloween, so you'll have to bring your own pumpkins, ectoplasm, bells, books, candles etc. NB. No exorcisms before the end of the lecture. 

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Richard Morris’s widely acclaimed book Yorkshire brings the making of Yorkshire alive, from Viking trading routes to Wakes Week to the Cold War, weaving together stories of real people and families with travelogue and ecology. He looks at Yorkshire through the eyes of artists and writers like J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girtin, Winifred Holtby and J.B. Priestley and embraces myth and legend, conflict and faith, scientific advancement, boom and bust.

    In this talk Richard will describe how the book was written, how he took decisions on what went in or what was left out, and things he has discovered since Yorkshire was published.

    Richard Morris is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Huddersfield and former Director of the Council for British Archaeology.

    We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. (TS Eliot)......Until next season. (HB Lit&Sci)

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2019

    Sir David Spiegelhalter is Emeritus Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University.

    In the 1990s Sir David led the Medical Research Council team that developed WinBUGS ("Bayesian analysis Using Gibbs Sampling") that only ran on MS Windows, and its successor OpenBUGS that runs on all operating systems. These are used to forecast the spread and progress of infectious disease outbreaks. Such as Flu, SARS and Ebola. Earlier Bayesian software had only been able to forecast diseases that followed specific patterns of spread and was complex to set up. His innovations made the system applicable to more diseases and also much simpler to use, It is now widely used in epidemiology and has been found to be useful in other fields as well.

    Luckily, but not by chance, he won't risk talking about any of this; sticking instead to commenting on the use of stats in the media. Hopefully, we will all be better able to distinguish between, lies, damn lies and reliable statistics after the talk.

    You'll be pleased to know that 9 out of 10 members of David's audiences feel more confident (self assessed on a sample size of 3) about statisitics ......or was that the anti wrinkle creams?

  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020

    Journalist Christopher de Bellaigue, who attended Eton College, is from an Anglo-French background. He obtained a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a student at Fitzwilliam College. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. In 2007-2008, he was a visiting fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. There he began work on his biography of the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh who was overthrown in 1953 in a military coup instigated by the British and American Governments to protect the interests of their oil companies.

    In 2012, his book about Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mossadegh, Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup, was published.

    Christopher is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, New York Review of Books, Granta, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He was formerly the Tehran correspondent for The Economist. He lives in London with his wife Bita Ghezelayagh, who is an Iranian architect, and two children.

    Faith or Reason, which is best?  There's only one way to find out! Playing in your local High St soon.

  • Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020

    Malcolm Chase is Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Leeds and one of Britain’s most renowned social historians.

    He will be lecturing in Hebden Bridge on what took place in Yorkshire in the period between the Peterloo massacre in Manchester (1819) and the start of the Chartist movement (c. 1838).

    Malcolm’s research interests are many and varied, centring on British popular culture and politics. He has written widely on the Chartist movement and his book Chartism: A New History (2007) is considered one of the standard histories of this important movement. It has, among other things, been translated into French. He is the author of 1820: disorder and stability in the United Kingdom (2015) and is currently working on a biography of the MP Sir Francis Burdett (1770-1844). Earlier work by Malcolm included important studies on the history of English radical agrarianism.

    Peterloo to Chartism and ever onward: is Democracy more than a snowflake in a Greenhouse World? Maybe we'll know by next Season....