Top historian Michael Wood to give public lecture on his recent BBC TV series

Posted by mjs76 at Nov 16, 2010 03:40 PM |
Updated 2 December 2010 - a few tickets remaining.

Due to weather-related cancellations, a small number of tickets have become available for this lecture. Please contact bigdig@le.ac.uk immediately if you are interested in coming (and able to make it!). Tickets can be collected on the door.

NB. Copies of the book of The Story of England will be available to buy outside the lecture theatre on the evening for £15 (courtesy of the University Bookshop) and Michael Wood will be available to sign copies before and after his talk.

A couple of months ago, BBC 4/BBC 2 ran a terrific six-part series called The Story of England in which historian Michael Wood traced a thousand years of English history through the records of one Leicestershire parish – Kibworth.

Staff from the University of Leicester were involved in the series, both as ‘talking head’ experts and actually getting their hands dirty helping the Kibworthian locals dig up their back gardens in search of prehistoric flints, Roman sherds, Anglo-Saxon pottery – all the way through to the debris of Georgian coaching inns and frame knitters’ workshops.

As a thank you to all those who helped with the programme, Michael Wood has kindly agreed to give a public lecture at the University of Leicester on Thursday 2 December 2010 at 6.30pm. He will talk about the creation of the programme, which was filmed over the past couple of years, and the experience of working with ordinary people to help them uncover the lives of their forebears and ancestors.

story-of-england3.jpgThis is a free public lecture but admittance is by ticket only).

Now, we expect demand for this event to be very high. Even though we’re holding it in our biggest lecture theatre, tickets are likely to be snapped up fast and in all probability it will sell out quicker than a Take That reunion tour. To keep things fair, we are establishing the following three rules:

  • Tickets are only available by e-mail.
  • Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • Tickets are limited to two per application.

Please note that this lecture starts at 6.30pm, which is slightly later than most of our public lectures, in the New Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing.