Free Online Lectures

Free Online Lectures

Free Online Lectures and Seminars from the Royal Historical Society 




Digging up Manchester: Industrial Archaeology and Heritage in the Shock City 

Thursday September 23, 2021 - 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM BST

Presented by  Dr Michael Nevell, University of Salford. Dr Nevell is a landscape archaeologist with more than 29 years’ experience in archaeology, as a consultant, lecturer, and researcher. His research interests include the archaeology of industrialisation, community archaeology and historic buildings. Dr Nevell has written extensively on industrial and landscape topics and several of his books have won awards from the Libraries Association and the Association for Industrial Archaeology. He is also the Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England, and provides support for industrial heritage sites and the organisations that run them, focusing on preserved, publicly accessible sites across England.  

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Digital Sources for Women’s History in The Women’s Library and LSE holdings
Thursday 23 September, at 2.30pm BST
Dr Gillian Murphy, LSE Library’s Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship, will speak on  digital sources for women’s history in the TWL and LSE holdings.
Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month
Thursday 07 Oct 2021 18:00 - 19:15
Nursing often runs in families. Perhaps your grandmother or great-uncle was a nurse. But how would you go about uncovering their nursing stories? Every year in Black History Month the RCN Library and Archive are asked about the first nurses of colour working in British hospitals. The answer is that we only know a few of the many stories of black nurses in British history, from “Nurse Ophthalmic” Annie Brewster who worked at the London Hospital from 1881 to 1902 to early registered nurses like Eva Lowe, who joined the nursing register in 1935. Join in to find out how to trace your nursing family history. TV director Tim Kirby will describe his work on the BBC documentary Our NHS: A Hidden History (available on BBC iPlayer). From one file in the National Archives, Tim managed to trace the stories of 30 nurses from Barbados. This will be followed by a practical lesson in using nursing registers to uncover your nurse ancestors with Teresa Doherty, Joint Head of the RCN Library and Archive Service. This session is open to everyone, but will be especially interesting to people of colour looking to find out more about the history of their families. Sign up to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event.
Margaret Roberts

Written by : Margaret Roberts