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Charlie Chaplin – City of London This is a link to an interesting article, ‘Reflections of a Victorian Childhood: Charlie Chaplins The Kid‘, from the London Metropolitan Archives which looks at Charlie Chaplin’s early life in London, including at Hanwell Residential School
Ealing Branch Members’ Publications
1. Dr Peter Hounsell has put an interesting talk through Ealing Library on YouTube entitled Gilbert White, the Natural History of Selborne and Perivale Wood – Peter Hounsell – YouTube
2020 marked the tercentenary of Gilbert White’s birth, and Peter’s talk gives a background to his life and the publication of his famous Natural History of Selborne, and also the connection to Ealing through the conservation of Perivale Wood
ii. ‘Ealing in the 1918-19 Flu pandemic’ by Dr Peter Hounsell. Chair of Ealing Branch HA on this website http://ealinghistory.org.uk/ealing-in-the-pandemic-1918-19/
iii.Dr Peter Hounsell has written an article for the current edition of The Historian magazine (issue 150: Summer 2021) on ‘The “workless workers” and the Waterbury watch: W.T. Stead. W.A. Dunkerley and the Census of the Unemployed 1887’
iv. Philip Woods gave a talk recently on my book Reporting the Retreat: War Correspondents in Burma, 1942 (Hurst) on the WW2TV.COM YouTube channel which is available to view free of charge (but donations help keep the site running) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upmI-6vh2dU
2. HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Don’t forget the HA’s programme of talks and podcasts, some of which are open to non-members: https://www.history.org.uk/historian/categories/14/news/3818/your-ha-virtual-branch-new-lecture-programme
3. National Archives, Kew
Has a programme of talks, recorded past talks and meet the author sessions:
4. The Gresham Lectures will be live-streamed this season until they are able to be hosted as live sessions, and will require registration: www.gresham.ac.uk
The lecturers include Gus Casely-Hayford, Richard Drayton, Tristram Hunt, Stephen Alford & Sir Richard Dearlove, Hakim Adi, Helen Paul and Murray Pittock
5. Recommendation – FutureLearn – online courses for free. 2020 continuing
Some of you may already know of this website or be participating in its courses. I decided to try out their ‘Empire: The Controversies of British Imperialism’ course, and I am now at week 4 of 6. I was originally interested to see how the University of Exeter taught an online history course, and I am very impressed. Courses are generally about 6 weeks long and take about 2 or 3 hours a week to participate in. You can follow at you own pace and needn’t feel awkward if you ask for help from fellow students if there is something you would like explained. The courses use short videos and online discussion sessions. Perhaps the most interesting thing for me was to read these discussion sessions as views were very varied but always polite. There are lots of history courses to choose from and they are free, although you can upgrade if you wish to collect certificates and keep copies of the courses. Ideal in lockdown.
5. Recommendation: HISTORY HIT.TV https://tv.historyhit.com/
Another recommendation if you are missing live history events. Dan Snow hosts this website and podcast. and advertises it thus: ‘History Hit TV – the Netflix of history. Join us as we strive towards creating the best source of history content on the web. Enjoy 30 days free when you signup (£5.99 a month thereafter)’
I have found the videos very good and the podcasts excellent. Dan Snow is a really good interviewer.
6. DIGITAL MUSEUM
7. Aspects of History: bi-monthly online magazine
I recommend this online magazine strongly. It can be purchased as single editions or as an annual subscription for £9.99. Each edition is packed full of excellent history writing, reviews and insights into the writing of history
Issues are free with Kingdle Unlimited membership
8. Royal Historical Society
Holds events iteself and advertises other History talks:
9. London Luminaries
Each 20-minute talk will be delivered using Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. They will be chaired by Professor Judith Hawley of the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London. Time will be allowed for questions and answers at the end. The events will end at or before 8 pm. Attendees will be sent a Zoom link by email about an hour before each talk begins.
Tickets are free but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the twelve participating organisations. You can book your place at TicketSource. You can book a bulk ticket for each set of six talks.
These events are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
What a great idea- to ask academicians to limit their talsk to 10 minutes- it’s amazing what these podcasts manage to get across in the limited time! some examples