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November 16th 2018

Admiral's Lecture Returns

Last night saw the return of The Admiral’s Lecture. Sponsored by the Unicorn and Elders’ Associations, The Admiral’s Lecture was first established by the Unicorn Association. It was so named for Admiral Sir Edmund George Irving, a former School Governor and one of the Unicorn Association’s first Chairmen.

Our guest speaker for the re-introduction was Historian David Starkey. With a talk entitled, “Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer?” the lecture could not have and more apt timing than yesterday, with Brexit being higher up the news agenda than normal. Mr Starkey’s lecture was witty, fascinating and drew surprising comparisons between today’s situation and that of when Henry VIII broke with Rome, and discussed the very foundation and notion of Parliamentary sovereignty.  The talk, which as Mr Starkey reflected was taking place in Kent, “the heart of Tudor England”, reflected on the importance and impact that developments in printing and art had at the time.

Prior to his speech, Mr Starkey spent time with our Sixth Form Politics and History students, giving advice and answering their questions. He also took time afterwards to answer questions and sign books.

With glowing praise and comments from guests about how much they enjoyed the evening, we look forward to the next Admiral’s Lecture.

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