Meetings for the 2023-24 season will be held on specified Mondays between September and March at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne BN21 4JR. Lectures will start at 7.30 pm and are programmed normally to last for between 60 and 75 minutes.
Admission to meetings is subject to the presentation of a member’s non-transferable Membership Booklet. Members, therefore, need to bring their booklets with them when attending a lecture and show them to stewards at points of entry to the auditorium.
Subject to venue capacity each member has the privilege of bringing one guest on payment of £7.00 per meeting. Guest admission cards can be purchased by members on entry to the Welcome Building on presentation of their membership booklet.
The programme of talks for the 2023-24 season with dates, subject, presenter and a brief synopsis is set out below. Please click on each speaker below to find out more.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2024
The 2024 AGM for all members will be held at 7.00pm on Friday 7th June 2024 at the All Saints Church Hall, 21a Grange Road, Eastbourne BN21 4HE.
This Season's Talks
Lecture Date: September 18, 2023
REMINISCENCES FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
Speaker: HENRY BLOFELD, OBE
An entertaining retrospective romp through the high-profile life of one of Britain’s best loved cricket commentators and raconteurs.
Lecture Date: October 2, 2022
STAMFORD RAFFLES: SCHOLAR AND STATESMAN OF JAVA AND SINGAPORE
Speaker: DENISE HEYWOOD - Illustrated
Scrutiny of a towering figure of British colonial administration who discovered priceless art treasures in the East and founded modern Singapore.
Lecture Date: October 23, 2023
THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS 1962
Speaker: SIR MAX HASTINGS - Illustrated
An analysis, 60 years on, of arguably the greatest crisis faced by the West during the Cold War by a distinguished journalist and military historian.
Lecture Date: November 6, 2023
ANIMALS BEHAVING BADLY
Speaker: Dr MICHAEL LEACH - Illustrated
The zoologist and wildlife author presents a comic overview of misbehaving species from drunken apes and psychotic magpies to prancing zebras and greedy owls.
Lecture Date: November 20, 2023
THE NEW AGE OF GREAT POWER RIVALRY
Speaker: TIM MARSHALL - Illustrated
The ex-Sky News Foreign Editor takes a serious look at future great power rivalry in an increasingly uncertain global political melting-pot.
Lecture Date: December 11, 2023
THE HISTORY OF PANTOMIME
Speaker: PETE ALLEN - Illustrated
Entertainment-world historian Pete Allen runs his eye over one of the most bizarre, yet enduring, genres of the theatrical art. Expect the full gamut of corny gags.
Lecture Date: January 15, 2024
Speaker: JANE BINGHAM - Illustrated
The author of a new book on perhaps the most influential and innovative artist of the 19th century presents an expert view on his life, paintings and legacy.
Lecture Date: February 5, 2024
THE ART OF THE CARTOONIST
Speaker: HARRY VENNING - Illustrated
A rare insight into a singular art form by an accomplished exponent who reveals tricks of the trade with practical demonstrations on stage.
Lecture Date: February 19, 2024
THE BRITISH SEASIDE HOLIDAY
Speaker: JACKIE MARSH-HOBBS - Illustrated
A Brighton social historian presents a picture of how the British love of seaside holidays has evolved in 200 years: grand hotels, lidos, end-of-the-pier, etc.
Lecture Date: March 4, 2024
THE PERILS AND PLEASURES OF A BLUE-BADGE TOURIST GUIDE
Speaker: AMANDA BRYETT - Illustrated
A nostalgic look back at both the challenges and the fun of being a UK tour guide, not least dealing with the many daft questions of enthusiastic foreigners.
Lecture Date: March 11, 2024
WOMEN IN 17TH CENTURY ENGLAND
Speaker: MELINDA STONE - Illustrated
A wide-ranging and closely-researched account of the often downtrodden daily lives of British women 300 years ago and their place in a male-oriented world.