Local Community Attend Millfield History Conference with Well Known Speakers

Millfield welcomed well-known Historians to take part in this year’s annual History conference.

The speakers spoke about an abundance of topics including Russian history and culture, late medieval history and the middle ages, all assisting with the students’ A level history syllabus. The event welcomed over 100 students from local state and private schools schools including Dauntsey’s School, Richard Huish College, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Wellington College, Beechen Cliff School, Strode College, Blundells School, Sherborne School and over 60 local, keen historians within the community.

The speakers included Ronald Hutton who is a Professor of History at the University of Bristol and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales and the British Academy. He presented an insightful talk on the reign of Henry VIII.

Students also heard a talk by Professor Lawrence Goldmanwho is currently Research Professor at the Institute of Historical Research in London. In 1990 he became a tutorial fellow in History at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, where he remained for 24 years teaching modern British and American History. He spoke of ‘Rebellion, Race and Reconstruction: Rebuilding America after the Civil War’.

Professor Peter Waldron presented an interesting speech on ‘The USSR at War, 1941-45’. The academic is a specialist in modern Russian history and culture, and teaches courses on 19th and 20th century Russia and Europe.

Dr James Ross is Reader in Late Medieval History at the University of Winchester. He worked for the History of Parliament Trust (1422-61 and 1604-29 sections), before taking up a post as a medieval specialist at the National Archives in 2005. His talk was on ‘The Tudor Nobility and Relations with the Monarchy, 1485-1529’

Dr Marc Morris is an historian and broadcaster, specialising in the Middle Ages. In 2003 Marc presented the highly acclaimed TV series Castle for Channel 4 and wrote its accompanying book. He is an expert on medieval monarchy and aristocracy, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. The Reign of King John was the focal point of his presentation.

Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster. Her first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers' Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved, led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Claire retold the remarkable tale of ‘The Women Who Flew from Hitler.’

Mr Rob Butt is a former teacher and Head of History, who has taught in three private schools over 20 years, most recently at Downside School where he was teaching both Pre-U Medieval and Early Modern History, as well the CIE Modern World IGCSE. He is also the husband of Mrs Butt, the Housemistress of Ivythorn. He spoke of the ‘Impact of the European Reformation.’

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