The Seminar was entitled ‘Interesting times – Possible Futures: lessons from recent crisis.’ It was presented by the President of the British Academy, author and broadcaster Professor Sir David Cannadine FBA FRSL FSA FRHistS FRSA, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.

Professor Sir David Cannadine FBA FRSL FSA FRHistS FRSA

Sir David has helped transform public perception of key historical figures (namely politicians) through his BBC Radio 4 Series Prime Ministers Props, which aired its second Season last summer, and his latest book Churchill, The Statesman as Artist which provides the most important account yet of Winston Churchill’s life in art.

He holds honorary degrees from UEA, South Bank, Birmingham and Worcester and has won numerous prizes for his work, including the Tercentenary Medal of the Society of Antiquaries and the Norton Medlicott Medal of the Historical Association. In 2019 David Cannadine was the guest of Michael Berkeley on BBC Radio 3 Private Passions with music by Haydn, Sullivan, Walton and Purcell.

He is a Trustee of the Wolfson Foundation, the Royal Academy, the Gladstone Library and many more. He sits on the Bank of England Banknote Advisory Committee, is Vice Chair of the Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission and a Vice President of the Victorian Society. Sir David is the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and a member of the Past and Present editorial board and a former Chairman of the trustees of the National Portrait Gallery.

David spoke passionately about the future of education in Britain advocating greater transparency and openness in teaching – particularly the teaching of history. This thought-provoking seminar included an examination of different aspects of the societal role of both history and historians while rejecting the simplifying distortions of the historical record with which we are regularly presented.

Huge thanks to the Master Educator, for organising this interesting and insightful lecture. It was a wonderful event, and I felt privileged to participate.

Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE
Master, Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.