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2021 Speakers & Tickets

Here are the details of the 2021 programme.

As each event is taking place online via Zoom Webinars, tickets can be booked via Eventbrite, which has a good system for taking secure payment and emailing you instructions on how to join, reminders etc.

You can see all the events on our Eventbrite page here, or click on the 'Buy A Ticket' link for an individual event below to be taken straight to that page.

Lester Hillman
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Lester Hillman

Roses Round the Door 
THURSDAY 13th MAY AT 17.00

Lester will be talking about the march of Edward IV’s army with the future Richard III and Henry VI in tow to the Battle. He will pick up on Shakespeare’s take, weather, military and logistic practicalities, heraldry, medical aspects, mercenaries, technology and, 550 years down the line, a living relative, Michael Ibsen, Richard III’s 17th great nephew who, in his workshop along the route of the march (Upper Holloway), made the casket for Richard’s re-interment five years ago in Leicester.

 

Andrew Mikolajski
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Andrew Mikolajski

Gardens of Tudor England
THURSDAY 13th MAY AT 20.00

Andrew will share the importance of gardens in Tudor times, as spaces for growing rare plants, to displays of wealth and as backdrops to intrigues of all kinds.

Please note that Chalfont St Giles Gardens Association members have free access to this talk.

Jane Robinson
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Jane Robinson

Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders
FRIDAY 14th MAY AT 17.00

The adventures of women pioneers in the traditional professions following the introduction of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919.

Ladies Can’t Climb Ladders focuses on the lives of pioneering women forging careers in the fields of medicine, law, academia, architecture, engineering and the church. In her startling study into the public and private worlds of these unsung heroines, Jane sheds light on their desires and ambitions and how family and society responded to this emerging class of highly-spirited working women.

Ryan Thwaites
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Ryan Thwaites

Vaccines: What are they and how do they work?
FRIDAY 14th MAY AT 20.00

Ryan’s - very appropriate! - talk will cover the history of vaccination, beginning long before Edward Jenner’s famous studies of smallpox, and the successes of vaccines against diseases that once decimated global populations.

‘Coffee and Cake’ musical interlude 
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‘Coffee and Cake’ musical interlude

SATURDAY 15th MAY AT 11.00

A recorded performance of Baroque music and poetry inspired by coffee houses. To be enjoyed over a cup of mid-morning coffee! Co-produced by The Vache Baroque Festival and Milton’s Cottage.

Denise Beddows
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Denise Beddows

Bulstrode: Splendour and Scandals
of a Buckinghamshire Mansion
SATURDAY 15th MAY AT 15.00

The once magnificent estate of Bulstrode is nowadays hidden from view to passers-by and its formerly extensive lands are mainly swallowed up by Gerrards Cross and Hedgerley, but this recently sold-off treasure, which inspired George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, has been home to some fascinating residents, including blue-bloods and Blue Stockings, the richest woman in England, the most beautiful woman in England, the most scandalous woman in England, plus a spiteful drunken judge and a notorious hanging judge.

Geoffrey GudgionOnline Zoom Webinar Access: £5
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Geoffrey Gudgion

DRACA: in support of Combat Stress
SATURDAY 15th MAY AT 17.00

A war-damaged veteran on a mission to self-destruct. A yachtswoman who risks everything to pull him back. And between them, an old boat with attitude in a page turner that leaves salt on your lips and a bruise on your heart’.

Geoffrey’s novel Draca, about a war-damaged veteran of Afghanistan, was launched in 2020. It was described by General Sir Peter Wall as ‘a cracking read’ and by General Sir Nick Parker as ‘a terrific and compelling story’. International book club ‘The Pigeonhole’ said ‘we love discovering gems like this’ after their readers gave outstanding reviews.

Geoffrey will tell the story behind the book, its path to publication, and his partnership with the veteran’s mental health charity Combat Stress. They receive half the royalties.

A family workshop from Milton’s Cottage
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A family workshop from Milton’s Cottage

SUNDAY 16th MAY AT 11.00

Celebrating the 350th publishing anniversary of Milton’s Paradise Regain’d. Inspired by his stay in Chalfont St Giles we invite you to join us for this family workshop, to create your own paradise-themed garden in a pot, decorated with lines of Milton’s poetry and images from his best-known illustrators.

Martyn Whittock
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Martyn Whittock

Mayflower Lives: The People behind the Legend
SUNDAY 16th MAY AT 15.00

In November 1620, 102 poorly prepared men, women and children landed at the wrong place on the wintry coast of North America. Six months later half of them were dead. Yet, despite this tragic beginning, their impact on the cultural DNA of the United States is immense.

 

Helen Fry
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Helen Fry

MI9
SUNDAY 16th MAY AT 20.00

When Allied fighters were trapped behind enemy lines during WWII, one branch of military intelligence helped them escape: it was called MI9 and it was headquartered at Beaconsfield.