The History Forum

The History Forum offers online talks by professional historians covering a wide range of topics. Presenters have either published books, taught in academic institutions, or become acknowledged experts in their fields through extensive research and writing. We all have a passion to make history interesting, accessible and, where appropriate, fun.

If you cannot attend the live event, recordings will be available on request for seven days after the event.

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THE HISTORY FORUM ONLINE PRESENTATIONS RUN FROM SEPTEMBER TO MAY. SEASON 2 WILL COMMENCE ON SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2024 AT 7PM (GMT). DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

The History Forum originated from our experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown — a time when staying connected via the internet became vital for nearly everyone. Since then we’ve realised how online presentations provide an ideal means of staying in touch with others, including fellow history buffs. What’s more, while listening and learning you can choose to keep the camera off, relax with your feet up on the sofa, and enjoy a beverage.

Season 1 featured a variety of captivating presentations from esteemed guest speakers. Emeritus Professor Anthony Glees delved into the intriguing story of ‘Agent Sonya’ in Oxford, shedding light on Stalin’s spy. Loona Hazarika provided an exceptional visual journey through the British Museum. Military Historian Christopher Joll uncovered lesser-known facts about Madame Tussaud and her London exhibition. Dr Ross King illuminated the topic of Female Gladiators in Ancient Rome. Additionally, Emeritus Professor David T. Geis offered clear insights into relations between Spain and Portugal. Finally, Jeremy Burton entertained and informed us with his personal experiences and anecdotes regarding the Californian Gold Rush, 140 years later.

The History Forum has had the privilege of being sponsored for numerous talks as well. “Buxton’s ‘Bluebirds’: The Great War, Shell Shock and Canadian Nurses” by Melanie King was sponsored by The Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust. “Rude, Lewd and Crude: Literature of the English Spa” by Melanie King was sponsored by The Woodstock Bookshop in Oxfordshire, UK. “‘The Drink that Cheers but Doesn’t Intoxicate’: How the English Fell in Love with Tea” was sponsored by Bodleian Publishing.

Go here for details of past talks.

The History Forum eagerly anticipates your online presence in September.