Why do people believe in conspiracy theories, and what is the real evidence to support them? Speaker Andy Thomas uncovers a compelling alternative history as told by those who question the establishment view, finding repeating patterns of intrigue from the Roman Empire, the Gunpowder Plot and the World Wars to JFK, Watergate, the NASA missions, […]

Speaker Helen Poole is a historian and archaeologist. She has many interesting talks on a variety of subjects, but her great interest is in Anne of Cleves. Anne was Henry VIII’s fourth wife, briefly.  She agreed to an annulment and remained in England for the rest of her life. She was referred to as the […]

Speaker Ian Brown started as a beat constable in the Lake District and rose to become Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police. His 30-year career involved the Krays, the Sweeney, armed robberies, Brinks-Mat and heading a drugs squad in the Caribbean. The talk goes through the planning, execution and the elaborate criminal chain that converted […]

Siobhan Clarke is a guide lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces based at Hampton Court Palace. She describes how our Christmas rituals evolved from Christian liturgy, pagan rites and the influence of the monarchy. She explores Christmas at court from the middle ages to the present day and how the royals have influenced our own celebrations, […]