On Thursday afternoon, History students from Year 12 and Year 13 set off to listen to a variety of lectures at Millfield School, from five different inspirational speakers who worked at a range of top universities such as Exeter and Royal Holloway. For our first lecture, some students attended a talk by Dr Matt Rendle on Tsarist Russia, whilst others listened to Professor Jeremy Black talk about Lord Liverpool, in which he discussed the politics surrounding Liverpool’s time as Prime Minister. Both these lectures were both extremely relevant to the topics we are studying in class, so it was really interesting to hear the speakers go into great depth, and give really informative talks.
After this, we were given a choice of lectures, which were allowed to attend, with many of us visiting Professor Jonathan Phillips talk on the Crusades. Others went to hear Professor Black talk again, this time on ‘Why the Allies won World War 2’. Although most of us had very little knowledge on these periods of history, it was interesting to be able to learn about something which up until that point we had known nothing about. It was really interesting to hear such an in-depth talk, about something that was so different from what we have been studying in school. Overall, it was an extremely informative and interesting afternoon and one which not only helped in our understanding of our history course but also inspired our interest in history.
By Polly Allan