By Stephanie Brown
The President of the National Historical Association, Professor Justin Champion, is coming to Swansea to give a free lecture this Saturday. Justin is Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway and has a strong broadcast career; he is well known on television and radio.
The Swansea Branch of the Historical Association will be hosting their Presidential lecture at The National Waterfront Museum this Saturday, 20 August 2016. The lecture is free and open to all, with no need to book in advance. Justin’s talk is entitled ‘To Kill a King: New Perspectives on the Trial and Execution of Charles I.’
The Chairman of the Swansea Branch, John Ashley said “Justin is an excellent speaker, well worth listening to. He is a regular on Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’ and other programmes. I am looking forward to another curry with him on the eve of the talk.”
Justin has presented programmes on the Great Plague of London and the history of duelling. He is a strong advocate of public history and he is involved with the HA’s Public History Committee.
The Historical Association is a national independent charity incorporated by Royal Charter. It has been supporting the study and enjoyment of history since 1906. With about 6,000 members, the Association is the major national organisation representing the case for a historical education to policy makers and ministers.
The HA advises on curriculum issues at all levels and campaigns for access to specialist historical knowledge and collections. The Association continues to support the study, teaching and enjoyment of history at all levels, and today there are over 50 branches around the UK.
During a president’s three year term, they try to visit each branch twice. This will be Justin’s second and final visit to Swansea.
The PR Secretary of the Swansea Branch, Stephanie Brown, said “It is fantastic that the president takes time to visit all of the branches. It really makes you feel part of this great national organisation.”
“This is a great opportunity for students to attend a talk by a national historian, without the cost of travel or conference fees.”
The Swansea Branch of the Historical Association, founded in 1928, is one of the most active branches in the country. It runs monthly talks at the National Waterfront Museum attracting audiences of 60 to 120, three or four outreach talks in the community every month, and classes in the community.
Among the Branch publications are a quarterly journal, ‘Chronicle’ and its latest book has a foreword by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.