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Votes for Women: Challenging the Mythology

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Women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom was a movement to fight for women’s right to vote. It finally succeeded through two laws in 1918 and 1928. It became a national movement in the Victorian era. Women were not explicitly banned from voting in Great Britain until the 1832 Reform Act and the 1835 Municipal Corporations Act. In 1872 the fight …

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The Blue Plaque Scheme for London

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London’s Blue Plaques London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present. Now run by English Heritage, the London blue plaques scheme was started in 1866 and is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world. Across the capital over 900 plaques, on buildings humble and grand, honour the notable …

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Richard III – The Body in the Car Park

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Dr Barry Walsh returns to give a lecture on the exhumation and reburial of Richard III, which began with the discovery of the king’s remains within the site of the former Greyfriars Friary Church in Leicester, England, in September 2012. Following extensive anthropological and genetic testing, the remains of Richard III, the last English king killed in battle, were ultimately …

The Oldest House in London

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What is the oldest house in London? London has a long history, so just how many old buildings have survived fire, war and the rebuilding of the various areas that make up London? These and other questions will be answered in Fiona Rule’s fascinating lecture drawing on her wealth of information about London. Fiona Rule Fiona Rule is a writer, …

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Supporting Churches for 200 Years

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The National Churches Trust The National Churches Trust is the national, independent, charity dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. The Trust, founded in 2007, is the successor to the Historic Churches Preservation Trust (HCPT), created in 1953. Their Patron is HM the Queen. Receiving no income from government or church …

The Golden Age of Folk Song Collecting

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The Golden Age of Folk Song Collecting with Laura Smyth, from Cecil Sharp House. Cecil Sharp House A world-class dedicated folk arts centre, Cecil Sharp House is at the heart of English folk. With a unique history stretching back to 1930, the venue – owned and managed by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) – is a memorial to …

The History of Pantomime

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The History of Pantomime with Leanne Walters. Pantomime (informally panto) is a type of musical comedy stage production designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed throughout the United Kingdom, generally during the Christmas and New Year season and, to a lesser extent, in other English-speaking countries. Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and …

How to keep your head

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A light hearted look at the Tower of London and its surroundings. With Danny Hockman a Blue Badge Guide. Danny Hockman Blue Badge Tourist Guides are the official, professional tourist guides of the United Kingdom. They wear a Blue Badge to indicate their professionalism. They are recognised by local tourist bodies throughout the UK, and by Visit Britain [1] as …

Royal Medicine Through the Ages

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Annual General Meeting followed by Royal Medicine Through the Ages with Dr Barry Walsh, a Blue Badge Guide. Blue Badge Tourist Guides are the official, professional tourist guides of the United Kingdom. They wear a Blue Badge to indicate their professionalism. They are recognised by local tourist bodies throughout the UK, and by Visit Britain as Britain’s official tourist guides. …