Educational History: Marc Bloch and the Historians Craft

Marc Bloch was born at Lyon on July 6th 1886 and died 1944.  He was educated at the Ecole Normale Superieure where he specialized in history and geography. He later taught these subjects at the Lycees of Montpellier and Agen. In 1919 he was appointed Professor of Medieval History at the University of Strasbourg until 1937 when he became Professor of Economic History at the University of Paris. His early carrier was interrupted by service in the French Army in World War I. Read more…

16th Oct 2014: The Ragged Schools of Angel Meadow by Simon Ward

Ragged School

Come along to The Castle Hotel at 7pm to listen to Simon’s talk. Share a crust of bread, and hear the reflections he has to share…


Title of talk:

The Ragged Schools of Angel Meadow

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • Brief outline of Ragged School movement
  • Brief overview of Angel Meadow history
  • Sharp Street Ragged School – from basket weaving to Coronation Street
  • Chartered Street Ragged School (previously Angel Meadow Ragged School)
  • Quick look at other Manchester Ragged Schools – link to suffragette movement “it is a great mistake to suppose domestic duties were limited to girls and women, every boy in Manchester should be taught to darn his own socks and cook his own chips”
  • Discussion

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A Short History of the Stockmarket

The stock exchange (aka stockmarket) is “A physical and electronic market in which government bonds and the securities of companies are traded regularly [1]”

In a simplified form, the stock exchange is a type of market place where entrepreneurs meet with investors to try and get finance to start their business.  The entrepreneur gives some of the equity (shares) in the company to the investor who takes on the risk.  The investor is paid dividends for taking on the risk inherent in attempting this business venture. Read more…

7th July 2011: Prehistoric and Roman Roads of North Wales by Tim Prevett

Roman Roads

On Thursday 7th July 2011 from 7.30pm Tim Prevett gave his talk on ancient roads in KRO Piccadilly

Name of speaker and subject:

Tim Prevett

Title of talk:

Prehistoric and Roman Roads of North Wales

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

  • The Topographical challenges of North Wales
  • Development of Prehistoric Routes
  • Recognising a Prehistoric Route 5,000 years after it was marked
  • Particular Prehistoric Routes
  • Arrival of Roman(ised) Roads
  • Particular Roman Routes
  • Brief pondering of the further history and future history of roads

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