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History Fringe Sessions: BBC History Weekend Winchester 2019

Our History Fringe programme on 2–3 November 2019 showcases FREE 15-minute sessions (held between talks), hosted by scholars from the University of Winchester. These will cover a range of diverse and engaging topics, you can view the full programme below

BBC History Magazine will host two History Weekends in 2019, one in Winchester and one in Chester.
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All sessions are limited capacity, seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 


History Fringe Sessions: Saturday 2 November


Forgotten Functionaries of the Early Church

This talk will introduce the various practical roles which existed in the Early Church in the form or recognised positions, highlighting the roles which have been forgotten or written out of history. It will demonstrate how these roles relate to the particular context in which the church existed in Late Antiquity.

Speaker: Phoebe Kearns is a research student at the University of Winchester in the Theology department writing on Minor Orders in the Early Church. She also focused on early Church studies while studying for a BA in Theology at the University of Chichester.


Barbados – Recent Archaeological Research and Heritage Challenges

Connor Thompson-Webb aims to reconstruct through archaeology a town in Northern Barbados analysing its defensive capabilities, its cosmopolitan population and highlighting its role in the sugar industry. Anna Bishop will explore contemporary relationships with this complex built heritage in a post-colonial society, questioning its role within a tourist led economy.

Speakers: Anna Bishop is a PhD Research Student in the Department of Archaeology. She received an MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management from Winchester in 2017 and an FdSc in Historic Building Conservation from Kingston University in 2016.

Connor Thompson-Webb is a PhD candidate at the University of Winchester. Previously, he has completed a bachelors in Archaeology at the University of Winchester, and a Masters in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. Connor’s research focuses include: Maritime and Underwater archaeology, archaeology of trade and archaeology of conflict.


Royal Sexualities: The Empress, the Queen and the Count

Much has been made regarding 'scandal' attributed to Eleanor of Aquitaine by medieval chroniclers and historians, with allegations that she had sexual relations with her uncle, Raymond of Antioch, and her future father-in-law, Geoffrey of Anjou. This talk will unpick the reasoning behind these allegations, and provide an insight into Angevin co-rule and familial relationships.

Speaker: Gabrielle 'Gabby' Storey is a PhD researcher at the University of Winchester. Her research is concerned with familial relationships in the Angevin domains during the 12th and 13th centuries, examining co-ruler partnerships, mothers and daughter-in-laws, and mother and son relationships and has recently published a piece on Berengaria of Navarre and Joanna of Sicily.


Bringing the Dead of West Hill Cemetery Back to Life

This talk will explore the history of the West Hill Cemetery in Winchester, from a 19th-century garden cemetery to a local area of historical interest. Notable individuals interred in the cemetery will be discussed, along with the forgotten dead of the dreaded Victorian workhouse and the Hampshire lunatic asylums.

Speaker: Toni Ogilby is currently a PGR student at the University of Winchester, focusing on death studies and the Victorian death culture of the socially-marginalised population from West Hill Cemetery, Winchester. Toni’s academic and voluntary background includes forensic anthropology and archaeology, human anatomy, and the excavation of human remains.

History Fringe Sessions: Sunday 3 November


Oh When The Saints…

Veneration of saints was a central element of medieval religious life. Their festivals are still included in the Book of Common Prayer. This presentation introduces saints and sanctity and focuses on the ten Anglo-Saxon saints, including Winchester’s own Swithun, whose festivals are still celebrated annually.

Speaker: Tom Watson is a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Winchester. He is researching cults of Anglo-Saxon saints.


An American Paradox: The Continuing Importance of Thomas Jefferson’s life with Slavery

In 1776, as he was proclaiming mankind’s right to ‘liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ in America’s Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson owned nearly 200 slaves. This talk investigates Jefferson’s relationship with slavery and details why the topic remains as important in contemporary America as it was two centuries ago.

Speaker: Stuart McBratney is an Early Career Researcher who recently completed his PhD thesis ‘Thomas Jefferson and Slavery in Virginia: A Comparative Approach’ at the University of Winchester. His research interests include slavery in the Americas and the Civil Rights movement. Stuart has previously worked in various roles within the NHS.


Feminist Vikings, The Truth About Women’s Lives in Medieval Scandinavia

Many articles proclaim that women in Viking Age Scandinavia had more ‘rights’ and freedom than anywhere else in Europe, but is this really true? What about slaves and was the ability to get a divorce or fight alongside men really unique to Scandinavian society?

Speaker: Joanna Arman is a MPhil Student at the University of Winchester, specialising in Women and Feudalism in the Later Middle Ages. Her studies have covered such diverse subjects Canon Law, Marriage Law legal records and the Magna Carta. She is also the author of a biography of Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great.


“And this as well?”: Victorian Farmers, Cattle Plague and Hampshire Petty Sessions

Rinderpest ravaged the farming stock of Britain in 1865 and 1866. At its height, thousands of animals were being slaughtered every week under the legislation put in place to bring the epidemic under control. This talk looks at local court cases brought before the magistrates for judgement.


Speaker: Tony Pratt is a mature post graduate research student at the University of Winchester. The combination of being raised on farms with being passionate historical researcher for decades inspired him to research the Rinderpest epidemic which hit the United Kingdom in the mid 1800s.

Find out more about the 2019 BBC History Magazine Weekends in Chester and Winchester here


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