1. Apologies for Absence – Sally Thorne & Professor Ronald Hutton 2.Election of officers and committee for 2019-20
2. Mary Feerick (Secretary) proposed Richard Kennett (Education Officer) seconded Dr Evan Jones as Digitalisation Officer of our Committee He was unanimously elected
3. Secretary’s & Treasurer’s Report – Mary Feerick (see slides below) 4.Any other business? Paul Davis raised the question of Black History Month Speakers for 2020-21. Mary said that while the branch was looking hard for speakers and Dr Patrick Vernon had already agreed to speak for us in 2020-21 we should avoid only targeting Black History month when Black academics specialists were in highest demand nationally.
How did we do last year?
•Eight Lectures •Average attendance at talks -58 •Highest audience 215 and lowest 22 •3 walks •All well attended with waiting lists Acton Court to be repeated •Staged Heat of Great Debate •10 contestants 8 schools •Two Social Events – Pub Quizzes also raised funds •Involved Local Schools •16-19s at all lectures • Regular 8-9 who attend every one. •Highest number at Tracey Borman lecture – 150 •10 of our sixth formers received Presidential Award Students f •10 local sixth forms have attended our lectures 2018-19 •Great Debate Heat 2nd Year running •Two of our committee working teachers Richard Kennett & Sally Thorne. A number of our branch members & our national members are local teachers
We now have over 100 Bristol and National HA members.
Challenges in 2018-19.
•More difficult to book rooms for lectures & not able to use the Wills Building •Did more diverse range of topics and more representative range of speakers but did not always bring such large audiences as first year •Lots of non-Bristol based speakers increased our costs for travel expenses •One speaker had to cancel in April for an April talk
Successes in 2018-19.
•Funding raising – 2 quizzes – Richard & Sally raised c.£200 – fun →annual event •Tours – all had waiting list – Rob made waiting list work – no spare places •Relationship with UoB worked to find accommodation & speakers •Lively audiences – Colston Discussion •Massive audience for Tracy Borman •Fanny Fust Combination of drama and working with Special Needs community
Finding a new speaker at 48 hours notice •Redesign of website & addition of digitalised pamphlets from original Bristol HA – Work of Evan Jones •Links to schools (see previous slides) •Very diverse lectures – more women speakers •Membership increases
•Another healthy year •Total income £1,233 •Total expenditure £901.20 •£331.18 Profit •Added to 2017-18 Profits of £309.84 •= Reserves of £641.02
•Take a poster from Mary for our next lecture to display if you work somewhere with a noticeboard •Paul Davis – 12 communities one cities oral histories project contact Paul at bcfm93.2 for further details e: email@example.com training available
167 people attended Dr James Ryan’s lecture on Wednesday 16th October 2019.
Reckoning with the Past: Stalin and Stalinism in Putin’s Russia.
Dr Ryan’s research has included opinion polls in Russia and interviews with Russians. Over the last decade Stalin has been reinstated as a great Russian leader. Putin’s regime has focused in particular on Stalin’s role in the defeat of Nazi Germany. Unlike Lenin whose revolution unsettled Russia, Stalin stood for unity and stability.
Ten Bristol HA Sixth Formers gain National HA Presidential Award
Bristol HA is shown its excellent relationships with local sixth form students by gaining 10 Presidential Awards (worth a free year’s membership of the National Historical Association) for ten of our local sixth formers from eight different schools. The students were described by the HA’s membership secretary Emily Randall as “a fantastic group of students! It’s such a pleasure to read through their nominations”. Each received a personal letter from Tony Badger the HA President and many have gone off to university already to study History.
The Badges each of the students from Gordano, Clifton College, Hardenhuish, St Brendan’s College, Red Maids and Redland Green School received for their exceptional involvement in Bristol’s HA branch and contributions to History in their sixth form