Fri 3rd Jul until Monday 31st August 2020, 12:30pm
Earlier this year, we launched a series of free Lunchtime Lectures responding to the theme for this year’s programme, GHT: Beside the Sea, which prompts us to consider how significant changes to the shoreline have shaped our modern city.
Whilst the doors to GHT are shut, we will be hosting these talks on our YouTube channel. You can still grab a sandwich and enjoy presentations and lively discussion on fascinating topics by researchers, academics and historians any day of the week.
Dan Crow: Transition – the Restoration of GHT
This talk by ‘a space’ arts and GHT director, Daniel Crow will provide a fascinating insight into the £3.1m refurbishment project and transition of God’s House Tower from empty ancient monument to Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue.
Julie Cook: Titanic and the City of Widows It Left Behind
When Titanic foundered in April 1912, the world’s focus was on the tragedy of the passengers who lost their lives. Author Julie Cook’s book, The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind, focuses on another group of people – the widows and children of the crew who perished on board. In this talk Julie chats with ‘a space’ arts director, Daniel Crow and GHT venue manager, Hannah Preston about her research, her family connections to the ship and her newly published book.
Dr Cheryl Butler: Powder, Prisoners and Painters
Local historian Dr Cheryl Butler discusses her approach to research and writing. Her book about God’s House Tower, Powder Prisoners and Paintings is available to purchase now on our website HERE
Julian Humphrys: War of the Roses: The Real Game of Thrones
In the second half of the 15th century England’s aristocracy tore itself apart in a series of bitter conflicts known collectively today as the Wars of the Roses. Julian Humphrys tells the story of this turbulent period in our history and brings to life the stories of some of the fascinating characters who lived, fought and died in it.
Prof Philip Hoare: The Ocean’s Skin
In this talk, The Ocean’s Skin, drawing on his new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, Philip looks at the way we humans relate to the sea’s natural history – its whales, its birds, its tides, its myths.
Dr Fraser Sturt: Space, Time, Perception and the Sea
Dr Fraser Sturt and Dr Crystal El Safadi guide you through this illustrated talk exploring our changing relationship with the sea, and the sea’s changing relationship with us, through time. We’ll explore how this shapes our understanding of the world and developments in human society using examples from the archaeological record.
Dr Nazneen Ahmed: Gentlemen of colour, Indian contingents,Mahometan funerals – the BAME presence in 19th Century Southampton
Using materials, photographs and documents found in Southampton’s archives, Dr Nazneen Ahmed unearths stories of the unheard voices of BAME communities living, visiting and working in Southampton before the 20th Century.
Cara Sandys: Thinking Outside the Box – How Shipping Containers can be used as Versatile and Affordable Housing
The versatile design of shipping containers has inspired architects to use them in interesting ways as affordable housing and commercial spaces around the world. In this talk Cara shows how these versatile units have been used around the world for housing and events and has even created her own flexible model village of cardboard containers and shows you how to replicate this at home.
Dr Gabriel Weymouth: Creating Biological Inspired Underwater Robots
Dr Gabriel Weymouth at the University of Southampton explains how taking inspiration from animals and studying how they swim and fly can massively improve underwater vehicle engineering.
Dr Stephanie Jones: Women Writers and the Sea
In this talk, Dr Stephanie Jones explores the importance of the sea to women writers, looking at an eclectic range of stories and poems from across the world and across history.
Dr Lilian Hobbs: Exploring the Moon
Join local astronomer Lilian Hobbs FRAS for a closeup look at the moon through her telescope. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the interesting features on the moon.
Prof Robert Marsh: Our Connected Ocean
Prof Bob Marsh will explore how ocean currents convey worldwide a range of material (pumice, seaweed, icebergs, plastics), starting with Southampton Water to the Arctic. Join us for a whistle-stop world tour taking in the tropics and Southern Ocean – mixing science and storytelling!
Giles Semper: Rotterdam – Inspiration for Southampton from another bomb-damaged port city.
In this talk Giles Semper will explore the architectural features of Rotterdam, drawing similarities between its history and Southampton’s and how we might apply this to the development of the city.
Dr Ivan Haigh: Rising Tide: Sustainability Across our Blue Planet
In this illustrated talk Dr Ivan Haigh, Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography, will demonstrate 7 reasons why the oceans are so amazing, 7 challenges the oceans are facing and 7 things we can do about it.
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