Gloucestershire Branch Meeting Programme 2018-19

Meetings normally begin at 7.30 p.m., and are usually on Mondays (but please note exceptions below).

The usual venue for Cheltenham meetings is the University of Gloucestershire's Park Campus, Cheltenham, (GPS: enter The Park, Cheltenham).

Gloucester meetings are at the Oxstalls Campus of the University of Gloucestershire. 

Both venues have large car parks, and bus 94U runs to both campuses from the centre of both Cheltenham and Gloucester.

If you are coming to the Park by car, there is a map at
This shows the layout of the Park 
Campus itself; the main car park is to the left of the lake. If you then zoom out, you will see the location of the campus within the overall Cheltenham area. (For GPS, just enter 'The Park Cheltenham'.)

Click on 'Map of the Park Campus' on the left of this page for a map which shows with arrows the route from the main car park (bottom of the map this time!) to the Reception building. Once you are inside the building, follow the Historical Association signs to the meeting room. 

The bus stops are also shown on this map.

At Oxstalls the parking is very close to the building where we meet. The map at shows the location of the campus within Gloucester (zoom out if necessary); and if you then centre the campus on the map and zoom in, you can see where the main car parks are in relation to the building where we meet (marked with a mortar board!) The bus stops are also shown. Special note: There are currently extensive roadworks close to the Oxstalls campus. Please watch for diversion signs.

Meetings are free for members, £3 for visitors. (School and university students are always welcome to attend free of charge.)  

For further details please contact the secretary, Robert Sutton, tel: 01242 574889. 


PLEASE NOTE: Some details for the meeting marked with are subject to

confirmation; please check this website soon for the final programme.


Monday 17 September Park Campus, Cheltenham

Branch AGM - followed at 8.15 pm by

Christian O'Connell, University of Gloucestershire

1968, the “Summer of Love”

Friday 19 October (please note day of the week). Oxstalls Campus,Gloucester

Dr Charles Gore, SOAS, University of London

The Benin Empire: art and history Black History Month event

Tuesday 20 November (please note day of the week) Park Campus, Cheltenham

Specially produced video and speaker Paula Kitching from the Historical Association’s project marking the RAF’s centenary nationally

The RAF and the Berlin Airlift 1948-49

Monday 3 December Park Campus, Cheltenham

Tony Comer, GCHQ historian

The History of GCHQ and How It Came to Cheltenham

Monday 14 January Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester

Malcolm Mclean, University of Gloucestershire

Apartheid and Sport

Wednesday 13 February Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

(please note day of the week and  special venue)

Dr Justin Bengry, Goldsmiths, University of London

'Doing It in Public': Queer history beyond the Academy

History surrounds us. Across mass media, digital spaces, and the built environment, public history is a key site for making history accessible to the widest audience. Queer History is no different. Drawing on Dr Bengry's experiences of working on major queer public history projects, including Historic England’s Pride of Place and Channel 4’s Convicted for Love, this talk will explore first-hand the challenges and opportunities of doing queer public history. The speaker says, 'Our efforts as public historians are only ever partly about the past. They hold incredible resonance and importance in the present by highlighting long histories of gender and sexual diversity, struggle, and community building. Queer public history is important and it is urgent.'

Monday 18 March Park Campus, Cheltenham

Dr Sarah Evans, Royal Geographical Society

Female Explorers in Antarctica,1913-1970 Women's History Month event

Monday 15 April Park Campus, Cheltenham

Dr Iain Robertson, University of the Highlands and Islands.

Culloden, Clearances and Crofting: Highland history across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Monday 13 May Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester

Dr Federica Ferlanti, Cardiff University.

China and the War Against Japan (1937-45): The making of a nation.


For details of previous years' programmes, please go here.