Northampton Historical Association programme 2022-23

Earlier this year, the Northampton Branch of the Historical Association relaunched with support from the University of Northampton. This academic year we are offering a programme of talks, which will take place online, on campus or in local schools. 20 October, 7pm online: Prof Matthew McCormack (UON) ‘Black histories of the American Revolution’ This talk... Continue Reading →

Happy birthday, John Clare

John Clare was born on 13 July 1793 in Helpson, which was then part of Northamptonshire. He came from a labouring background but - unusually for a man of his class - would become a famous poet. If anything, he is more famous today than he was at the time. Clare's work enjoyed a revival... Continue Reading →

Northampton Historical Association

We are delighted to share the news that the Northampton Branch of the Historical Association has relaunched, with support from History at the University of Northampton. Its programme of events is now on the HA website. We are starting with two online lectures this summer: 9 June at 7pm: Dr Daniel Jones (UON), 'The real... Continue Reading →

Ballet and the history of shoes

Last week I went to see a performance of the ballet Cinderella. I mostly went along as I love the music, by Sergei Prokofiev, who is one of the very greatest ballet composers. His music has both spikiness and soaring romanticism, which lend themselves very well to the dance. Unexpectedly, it got me thinking about... Continue Reading →

Is Vladimir Putin an Imperlialist?

Is Vladimir Putin an Imperlialist? On Wednesday 24 February 2022 Vladimir Putin order the 200,000 troops surrounding the Ukraine and in the two Russian backed separatist areas of Donestsk and Luhansk in the east, to invade Ukraine. There is no doubt that this a date that marks a turning point in European and probably global... Continue Reading →

Lying politicians

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently under fire for allegedly attending multiple parties at Number 10 Downing Street during the height of lockdown restrictions, in breach of his own government's rules. He has mostly been evasive about this, in an attempt to ride out the wave of public outrage, and also because he doesn't... Continue Reading →

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