Lucy Worsley_Bloomsbury_25_071117_┬® Daniel D. Moses.jpgJoin historian Lucy Worsley to find out all about the world’s most famous divorce! Thrilling, dramatic and captivating – Lady Mary is the story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail! For ages 11+

51iV3Nx3n8L._SL300_ Johnny Johnson is the last surviving member of the famous comp-raf-dambusterDambusters . In the 3rd of our regular series of interviews with survivors of WW2, we are delighted to welcome him to TAL this year. Don’t miss this chance to hear the exploits of a man who survived one of Britain’s most risky operations from the second world war in his own words.

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34_AJulie Summers returns to TAL with another of her beautifully crafted histories from the second World War. “Uninvited Guest” tells the tale of how the stately homes of the UK were pressed into service and how they all managed.

Our Uninvited Guests perfectly captures the spirit of upheaval at the beginning of the Second World War when thousands of houses were requisitioned by the government to provide accommodation for the armed forces, secret services and government offices as well as vulnerable children, the sick and the elderly, all of whom needed to be housed safely beyond the reach of Hitler’s Luftwaffe.

Julie Summers gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain’s greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would otherwise never have set foot in such opulent surroundings. Blenheim Palace was colonised by schoolboys who slept in the Long Library; Polish special agents trained in the grounds of Audley End House, learning to forge and lie their way into occupied Europe in the old nursery. Brocket Hall, former home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Lord Melbourne, was used as a maternity home for women from the East End of London, and the Rothschilds’ magnificent French chateau-inspired Waddesdon Manor housed a hundred children under five.

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Drawing on extensive lost and overlooked material in eightHelen Rappaport at Leeds Russian Archive - use this version.jpg languages, “The Race to Save the Romanovs” overturns 100 years of traditional thinking that the failure to evacuate the Romanovs to England in 1917 was all the fault of King George V. Best selling historian and Russian expert, Helen Rappaport sets out to uncover exactly why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments all failed to get them to safety.


Jane Robinson delivers the Bookhouse Founder’s Lecture 2018.Pic 4 - The Bookhouse [small] The story of the suffragists is one of ordinary people effecting extraordinary change. By turns dangerous, exhausting and exhilarating, the Great Pilgrimage transformed the personal and political lives of women in Britain for ever. Author Jane Robinson has drawn from diaries, letters and unpublished personal accounts to tell the inside story of the march, set against the colourful background of the entire suffrage campaign. Fresh and original, full of vivid detail and moments of high drama, “Hearts and Minds” is a moving tribute to the thousands of courageous women who marched together to give us democracy.

Roger MoorhouseRenowned historian and author, Roger Moorhouse examines the Nazi 3rd Reich through some of its more famous objects. A fascinating and horror filled tour-de-force through the darkest era of the 20th Century, “The Third Reich in 100 Objects” is fascinating and deeply disturbing.


“The Jewish Journey” takes twenty-two of the great riches of the Ashmolean Museum, from ancient Mesopotamia to catastrophic Sachsenhausen, and with the wonderfully imaginative guidance of Rebecca Abrams, the model of a learned story-teller, provides a route through time and its objects to moments of illumination. The Jewish Journey has a foreword by Simon Schama. 

suffragismJoin Dr Vivien Newman, arm in arm, with some of the formidable women of the pre-First World War suffrage and anti-suffrage movements as, on the declaration of war, they turn their considerable skills, honed over 50 years of active campaigning, to both support of the war and the pursuit of peace. Get to know how these women could bend politicians’ wills to their own, challenge and break the many role-norms of contemporary patriarchal society, raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in voluntary contributions and help convince the US public to join the Allied Cause. “Suffragism and the Great War” explodes many myths, including the simplistic idea that it was women’s war service alone which led to their partial enfranchisement in 1918 as some form of reward from a grateful nation. Dr Vivien Newman reveals a social tapestry which is both complex and infinitely fascinating, one of old friendships broken and new ones formed, shifting alliances and bitter rivalries, of loyalties and even betrayals


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