Future Meetings

The Relevance of History to Us


Date:    Monday 17th June 2019, 7.30pm
Venue: Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main St, Willerby, Hull HU10 6BZ

Our June 2019 meeting will be a talk by Dr Christopher Fear on the subject “The Relevance of History to Us”. Dr Fear says of his talk,
“Each autumn, in universities from Cardiff to Sydney, students find themselves in seminar rooms invited to discuss the writings of long-dead European men concerning events and situations that are no longer happening—usually beginning in ancient Athens. But these people are not history students. They are not literature students either, necessarily. They are very often politics undergraduates, who are primarily interested in the political problems of today and perhaps tomorrow. So what relevance does history have to them, and to us, given that history does not really repeat itself, and that no historian has successfully demonstrated that his discipline can provide “laws” which we might use for predicting the future? In this presentation I discuss the way in which this and related questions were tackled in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s by the Oxford philosopher, archaeologist, and historian of Roman Britain, R. G. Collingwood. Collingwood’s answers do not help us to see into the future; they help us to do something much more important: to understand better the problems of the present.”
Dr Fear lectures in Politics at the University of Hull.
All welcome

New Venue:

Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main St, Willerby, Hull HU10 6BZ

The Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute is within the library building shown above and we will be meeting in the front room on the ground floor on the left as you enter the building.

We will be continuing to have our book club events at the Tiger Inn.



Towards a National Education Service, an NES like the NHS:  thinking outside the box?


Date:    Monday 15th July 2019, 7.30pm
Venue: Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main St, Willerby, Hull HU10 6BZ

Our July 2019 meeting will be a talk by Dr Jackie Lukes who is a long time contributor to the national debate on education through her work at the University of Hull, contributions to parliamentary consultations on education and work with the Socialist Education Association. Jackie spoke to the group on faith schools ten years ago in September 2009. This time she will be talking about the thinking behind the creation of a National Education Service, something that is a current Labour Party manifesto commitment. Is this an opportunity to create a cradle to grave education service free at the point of delivery similar to the NHS? All welcome.



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