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Feb 05

Easter Conference 3rd, 4th & 5th April -Main Hall: Hampstead Old Town Hall, NW3 4QP

EASTER CONFERENCE 3rd, 4th and 5th APRIL 2018


How the World has Changed


Tuesday 3rd April


1.00 pm




2.00 – 3.00 Change in Britain’s position in the world

Britain’s International Status in 1945. Seeking a new role. The allure of the Common Market. The impact of Globalisation. The Risks of Splendid Isolation. Conclusion


Thomas Harris
3.00 – 3.20   tea
3.20 – 4.20 Revolutions in Western Art since 1900

Revolutionary movements from Cubism and Abstraction to Pop and Conceptual Art.

Michael Kauffmann
Wednesday 4th April 10.30 – 11.30 Women in Politics

The anniversary of women’s suffrage and what it’s meant for us.

Dame Margaret Hodge MP
11.30-11.50   coffee
11.50 – 12.50 The Disappearance of the European Colonial Empires

Before the First World War. The Treaty of Versailles. After the Second World War – general reasons. Asia. Middle East. Africa. The Soviet “Empire”. The British Commonwealth and the French Community

Ralph Blumenau
12.50 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 The Booming Biosciences

A speedy skitter through the Life Sciences from Biochemistry to Zoology via controversies about Health v Disease, Nature v Nurture and Populations v Politics looking at Controversies v Comprehension and Protagonists v Pioneers. How did we react to advances or were we fossils then – and now?

Tony Dayan
3.00 – 3.20 Tea
3.20 – 4.20 The changing world of classical music

Fasten your seat belts for a one-hour whistle-stop tour through one thousand years of classical music – how it has changed from Gregorian Chant to Minimalism

Herbie Goldberg
Thursday 5th April 10.30 – 11.30 How Theatre has Changed

Kitchen sink realism describes a British cultural movement that developed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s in theatre, art, novels,  film and television plays, whose ‘heroes’ usually could be described as angry young men. It used a style of social realism to explore social issues and political controversies

Barry Rae
11.30 – 11.50   Coffee
11.50 – 12.50 How Architecture is Changing: the Rise and Fall and Rise of High-Rise Buildings

Architecture in the light of the Grenfell disaster

Joe Kerr


12.50 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 The Impact of Printing

The 12th Century Revolution. Gutenberg’s Press. Caxton and his problems. Aftermath.

Shirley Levy
3.00– 3.20 Tea
3.20 – 4.20 Big Science Breakthroughs

A roller-coaster ride through scientific history, from ancient times to our modern world. We’ll be looking at Astronomy, Electricity, Relativity and Quantum theory. The people responsible for breakthroughs in these fields brought about huge change in people’s lives and attitudes.

How did they do it? (Don’t worry, previous scientific knowledge is not needed)

Amalia Michaels
4.30 CLOSE