Surrey - Event with Dr David Starkey

Surrey - Event with Dr David Starkey

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The meeting of Francis I and Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520 via Wikipedia

Hosted by Cambridge Society of Surrey
Saturday, 29 September 2018
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

Alumni and guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society of Surrey for their Autumn meeting and talk by Dr David Starkey.

The event will start at 10.30am with tea and coffee in the Emms Centre at Cranleigh School; followed by the talk at 11am in the Academic Lecture Theatre by Dr David Starkey CBE FSA RHistS (Fitzwilliam 1964), the eminent historian, prolific author and a radio and television personality, on the topic of “The First Brexit and King Henry VIII,” followed by audience Q&A.

Born in 1945 in Kendal, the only child of Quaker parents, David attended Kendal Grammar School before studying at Fitzwilliam House (later College) through a scholarship, and gained a first. Specialising in Tudor history, his doctoral thesis was on King Henry VIII’s household. He moved to the London School of Economics in 1972 where he was a history lecturer for over 25 years, and has written several books on the Tudors. David is also a well-known radio and television personality, first appearing on television 40 years ago, and became a regular contributor on Radio 4 to both  The Moral Maze and Question Time; and has presented many history documentaries over the period 1998 to 2015 (most notably Monarchy, Henry VIII, and Magna Carta), and in 2011 contributed to the Jamie’s Dream School series on Channel 4. He was awarded his CBE for services to history in 2007, and was given an Honorary Fellowship by his old Cambridge college, Fitzwilliam. We are indeed very privileged to welcome him to our autumn 2018 meeting.

At about 12.30pm drinks and a 2-course buffet lunch will be served in the Atrium of the Centre, ending with tea & coffee. The Headmaster Martin Reader (University College, Oxford) and his wife Amanda will be our guests at lunch. Members may bring their own wine. There will not be any function after lunch. The visit should be complete no later than 3pm to 3.30pm.

Fully inclusive tickets are £35 each. The event is deemed unsuitable for children. As numbers will be limited, and as the event is expected to be popular, early booking is strongly recommended.

Booking information

To book, please complete the booking form under 'Useful Documents' below and return to Robin Bell before Friday 14 September using the link below.


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Cranleigh School
Horseshoe Lane
United Kingdom

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