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March 2019

The criminal conversation of Caroline Norton

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Diane Atkinson taught history, was a lecturer and curator of the Museum of London, specialising in women’s history on which she is the author of several books. In this talk she will discuss the extraordinary events featured in her book ‘The Criminal Conversation of Caroline Norton’ which were part of the move to improve the legal and social position of women. Time: 12:30pm Cost: Members £24.00 and guests £26.00 Venue: Exeter Golf & Country Club Further information: Tim Pink on sheila.pink@btinternet.co.uk

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April 2019

Bristol and the legacy of the slave trade

Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
The Apostle Room, Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol, Clifton Catholic Cathedral
Bristol, BS8 3BX United Kingdom
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A talk by Dr. Madge Dresser, Honorary Professor of Historical Studies, University of Bristol. Time: 7.45pm, refreshments available from 7.15pm Cost: Members entrance £2, guests and visitors £5 Venue: The Apostle room of Clifton Catholic Cathedral, BS8 3BX

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A religious history of London by Philppa Bernard

Thursday, 4th April 2019, 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Philippa Bernard has lived most of her life in London. For many years, she and her husband had an antiquarian bookshop in Chelsea, a mecca for book collectors across the world. She has written several books on religious themes and a biography of the poet Kathleen Raine, and lectures on historical subjects for groups such as the National Trust and U3A. She is a member of the Society of Authors. Time: Wine and canapés 6.30pm, talk at 7pm Cost: £20 per member…

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My great pleasures

Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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British actor, Michael Wade has worked in theatre and films in the UK and overseas. He has appeared in film and television in such favourites as ‘A Man for All Seasons’, ‘A Dance with the Music of Time’ and ‘Brighton Belles'. He has worked with Antony Hopkins, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Stephens and many other world stars. He has recorded over 40 audio books reflecting his love of the English language. He will recite and read some of his favourite…

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May 2019

The restoration and preservation of historic buildings

Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Buildings Rodney Melville is an architect who specialises in the important work of conservation of historic buildings. He has consulted on some of the most significant buildings in the country including Chequers which has its origins in the 16th century and was given to the nation in 1921 as a country home for the Prime Minister of the day. Rodney will speak about the importance of maintaining such buildings and specifically about his work as Curator of Chequers and a…

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AGM followed by ‘Women and Leadership’

Thursday, 16th May 2019, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Annual General Meeting followed by ‘Women and Leadership’ talk by Ms Jo Butler, Headteacher, Cotham School. Time: 7.15pm Cost: Members entrance £2; Guests and visitors £5 Venue: The Apostle room of Clifton Catholic Cathedral, BS8 3BX

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June 2019

In the minds of the Cambridge spies

Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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The 'Cambridge Spies’ was a group of Cambridge graduates who passed information to the Soviet Union during and after World War ll, which remained active into the 1950s. The membership and number in the ring emerged, but none was ever prosecuted. Richard Ryder, formally Mellon Professor at Tulane University, New Orleans, has recently completed a book on the ‘Cambridge Spies’. He will discuss some of his research and conclusions. Time: 12:30pm Cost: Members £24.00 and guests £26.00 Venue: Exeter Golf &…

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ESU Performing Shakespeare Grand Final 2019

Friday, 21st June 2019, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Description Join us on Friday, 21st June 2019 to see young people aged 11-14 from across England and Wales give a performance of their chosen speech from one of Shakespeare's plays. The Performing Shakespeare Competition is designed to allow Key Stage 3 pupils the opportunity to experience Shakespeare's plays as they were intended – on the stage. Using theatre and performance skills to engage with the texts, our performers bring to life some of the world's most famous speeches in…

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September 2019

Devon & Exeter Branch: Judges’ Training Day

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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The Devon & Exeter Branch of the ESU will be hosting a Judges' Training Day on 3rd September, conducted by Roger Tilbury. This promises to be an interesting and stimulating occasion and an opportunity to update and enhance our own skills as we judge those of the young students. A Light lunch will be provided -  free of charge for Branch members. Please contact Maureen Speller for further information: maureenspeller@hotmail.com

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June 2020

Grand Final of the ESU Performing Shakespeare at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon

June 21
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

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