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Scheduled Talks for 2023

Tuesday 3rd October 2023
Chelmsford U3A
Subject, Full Circle with David Dunford

Tuesday 10th October 2023
Galleywood Heritage Centre
The Common, Off Margaretting Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford, CM2 8TR
Subject, Galleywood Races, with David Dunford
based on the brand new edition of
The Rise,Fall and Rise Horse Racing in Chelmsford
Doors open 1.30pm talk starts at 2pm
£3 per person on the door or reserve your seat
via Susan Wilson at
or 07780 763127

Thursday 12th October 2023
Great Baddow Horticulture Society
Great Baddow
Subject. Snatched from Essex

Friday 13th October 2023
Rayleigh Grange U3A
Subject, The Riddle of Boudica

Wednesday 18th October
Rochford Ladies Probus Club
Subject, The Strange History of Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey

Tuesday 7th November 2023
Trinovante, Romford
Subject, Snatched from Essex

Saturday 11th November 2023
Leigh Horticultural Society

Tuesdsay 5th December 2023
Chelmsford U3A
Subject, Snatched from Essex

Thursday 7th December 2023
Tiptree U3A
Subject, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

with David Dunford

Scheduled Talks for 2024

Wednesday 24th January 2024
Riverside Ladies Club
Subject, The Numbers Had to Tally

Thursday 7th March 2024
Hedingham Heritage Society
Castle Hedingham
Subject. The Riddle of Boudica

Thursday 4th April 2024
Tiptree U3A
Subject: The Riddle of Boudica

Wednesday 8th May 2024
Theydon Bois Men’s Club
Theydon Bois
Subject: The Riddle of Boudica

Tuesday 24th September 2024
Peldon, Abberton and Wigborough’s Society
Subject, 366 Days in Essex

New Talk

The Riddle of Boudica

The Roman occupation of Britain lasted over 350 years. In AD 60, seventeen years after the Romans arrived, Queen Boudica led an uprising which resulted in the destruction of Colchester, London and St Albans. The rebellion was short lived and resulted in a harsh crackdown.
Yet in later years Roman rule was interrupted by several uprisings and incursions by the ‘natives’. In AD 185 part of the occupying Roman Army mutinied and 100 years later the Roman Commander Marcus Aurelius Carausius proclaimed himself Emperor of an independent Britain. Yet, in turn, the insurrections were supressed, the mutiny put down, the usurper overthrown and Roman rule returned to more or less normal.
Yet, despite of all the upheavals in the British Isles during Rome’s long tenure, it is only Boudica who is especially remembered.
This illustrated talk explores the ‘facts’ of Boudicca’s rebellion so far as it is known and examines the resultant Heritage, Legacy and Mythology grown up around it.

For a list of topics see our entry on Public Speakers Corner
Andrew Summers | Public Speakers in the UK (


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