Zooming Through the Past: Season 10


Five Sessions (10 talks) 

Tuesdays: 1.30-3.30pm


Session 1: Tuesday 28th September 1.30-3.30pm

Something Cheerful

Three Men in a Boat: The comic novel that threatened the Empire – Creina Mansfield

The British Music Hall – Steve Millward


Session 2: Tuesday 5th October 1.30-3.30pm

 I Have a Dream

Harry Belafonte – Mike Milligan

Malcolm X – Martin Jervis


Session 3: Tuesday 12th October 1.30-3.30pm

Political Mistakes?

A noble idea failed by poor statesmanship?  The fate of the League of Nations – Alan Sennett

Christine Keeler and the Profumo scandal – Frank Vigon


Session 4: Tuesday 19th October 1.30-3.30pm 

‘Tis to Glory We Steer’: Nelson and Trafalgar

Nelson: the necessary Hero – Kevin Harrison

The Trafalgar Campaign: the establishment of British Naval Supremacy – Andrew Jones


Session 5: Tuesday 26th October 1.30-3.30pm

Giving the enemy a hard time …

After Bonnie Prince Charlie.  What happened to the estates forfeited by Jacobite supporters?  –  Birgitta Hoffmann

The Zulu Wars: Isandlwana and Rourke’s Drift – Tim Cockitt

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Zooming Through the Past: Season 11

Will run on Tuesdays after a two-week break from
16th November to 14th December 

Provisional list of talks below (full dates to be finalised closer to the time)

Was the American Revolution a ‘revolution of slave-holders and religious bigots against a more enlightened imperial centre?’ [Alan Sennett]

Oliver Cromwell [Tim Cockitt] / General Monck [Birgitta Hoffmann]

Trimalchio’s Feast: Fine Dining in the Roman World [Kevin Harrison]

Weight of Evidence: Some more Equal than Others?  Wilkinson & Pickett’s The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better [Mike Milligan] / The Rand Corporation: A Neutral Voice in US Foreign Policy? [Martin Jervis]

Ellis Island – How and when it operated and the (later to be) famous names who came through there to the USA [Steve Millward]

November 30th  – “Father and Son” by Edmund Gosse [Creina Mansfield]/ Darwin [Andrew Jones]

Dec 7th – The Assassination of J.F.  Kennedy. [Frank Vigon]


We are running this on the same basis as the previous series.  If you are already on our mailing list there is no need for you to let us know, since we will just treat it as a continuation of the existing ZTP cour

If you have not attended the previous ZTP series, then please email Alan Sennett: a.sennett@open.ac.uk


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Day: Tuesday.   Time: 13.30-15.30

28th September – 26th October 2021


Virtual Learning Platform:   ZOOM

Price per Session: 

Given the nature of these sessions and the medium of delivery we are happy if people want to pay by the week or for the session(s) they are interested in.  Hence the flat charge of £5 per session.

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£5 n/a 4 60

Price for the Series: 

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£25 4 60

Here’s the information you need for payment:

For cheques:

Kevin Harrison, [kevkev.harrison@hotmail.co.uk]
26 Grange Avenue, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, SK4 5HF

For BACs:
Account name: Kevin Harrison
Royal Bank of Scotland  Sort Code: 16-21-17  Account Number: 10172081

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