History talks, Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 June at Whitgift School, Brighton Road


“The Whitgift Foundation may not be promoting a Croydon Heritage Festival this June, but it is supporting a smaller History Festival next week at Whitgift School. The six talks on Wednesday and Thursday are being held in the modern Performing Arts Centre, the first building on the right when approaching the School from Nottingham Road.

The talks are all by distinguished academics and BBC broadcasters.  Admission is free and open to all, but places should be reserved in advance by emailing ticketing@whitgift.co.uk.  The subjects are:

  • Wed 26 at 4pm: Histories of the Unexpected, Sam Willis
  • Wed 26 at 6pm: World War I Forgotten Soldiers of Empire, David Olusoga
  • Thu 27 at 2.15pm: The Middle East in World War I, Dr James Kitchen
  • Thu 27 at 3pm: The Experience of a British Soldier in World War I, Dr Chris Mann
  • Thu 27 at 4pm: Women’s Changing Role in the British Army, National Army Museum speaker
  • Thu 27 at 6pm: Fighting the People’s War, Dr Jonathan Fenneti.

The themes have relevance to the current Windrush commemorations in Croydon and elsewhere: for instance, David Olusoga is also the narrator in the film Fighting for King & Empire which is being shown on Monday at the David Lean Cinema at 7pm as part of the Croydon Windrush programme.: https://jus-tickets.com/events/croydon-windrush-flim-night-qa/.

Other local Windrush events include a Festival in Crystal Palace Park this weekend.”

Information from Bernard Winchester’s monthly email events list.   If you would like to be put on the distribution list, email Bernard on BAW30s@hotmail.com.

The photograph is either Otho or Raymond Vignalë, Trinidadian brothers who were soldiers in World War One and lived on Moreland Road. Click here for more information.



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