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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
2. Please see ‘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/
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