Category Archives: Anniversaries


This year Stenton Lecture will be given by Professor Anne Curry and will commemorate the 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. To celebrate this great occasion, we have launched a new student competition! Can you name the famous actors … Continue reading

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Model United Nations

On the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, third year student Katie Alice Doughty talks about one of Reading’s most successful initiatives! Model United Nations, or more affectionately MUN, is quite possibly the most fun and rewarding society you could … Continue reading

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“I will miss the House; the House won’t miss me.”* The resignation of Nancy Astor MP (1919-1945)

By Shira Kilgallon, Lauren Rhydderch and Jacqui Turner     In July 1945 Nancy Astor left parliament under a cloud of personal and professional regret. Her exit was fraught, blighted the remainder of her life and her relationship with her … Continue reading

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Three radicals, two anniversaries… and one Great Charter

By Dr Rachel Foxley This year I’ve been involved in events marking two anniversaries, four hundred years apart: the birth of the radical pamphleteer John Lilburne in 1615, and the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede on 15 June 1215. … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of the Species 155th anniversary

By Professor David Stack On 24 November 1859 a book containing ‘the best idea anybody ever had’ was published. Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by means of natural selection had been twenty-one years in the making and was … Continue reading

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