History Reading Group

Over the past weeks I have been reflecting on how I could positively employ my time and talents in support of Parish objectives.

I arrived at the idea of forming a Dromore Cathedral History Reading Group. The theory would be that the group would meet on a roughly bi monthly basis.

An initial meeting is scheduled for –

              Thursday 29th June 2017 at 7.30pm

              Venue – The Clayton Hall

At the first meeting we, as a group, would decide upon a history book to read. At our next meeting in early September 2017 this book would be discussed and reviewed and a second title would be decided upon and so it would continue.

If the group became established consideration could also be given to organising some form of Christmas event and possibly a “field trip”. Carrickfergus Castle and the Ulster Museum are two potential venues which are reasonably local.

Each meeting would be accompanied by light refreshments, good fellowship and lively debate and would run at no cost to the Parish. By way of a suggestion, each person attending a meeting could make a voluntary donation which would be passed to the Honorary Treasurer to credit parish funds.

My feeling is that the group should restrict itself to what I would describe as “popular history”. That is, books of reasonable cost and reasonable length which are readily available by way of on line and high street outlets. It would probably be best to avoid 1000 page paper brick epics!

My own background is that I am a medieval historian with a specific interest in the economy of 14th century England. The good news, and to comfort and reassure any prospective attendees, is that I would not suggest any books on that subject matter!

I am more than happy to read any book and facilitate discussion and debate about anything from the grandeur of republican and imperial Rome to the dark intrigue of the court of Henry VIII and moving on to the monochrome shades of post war Eastern Europe. The historical sky is quite literally the limit!

No previous knowledge or existing experience would be required. All that those attending would need was an interest in reading about some of the most significant events in world history and meeting, across the pages, some of the most inspiring, intelligent, interesting, foolish, courageous, tyrannical and eccentric individuals that human kind has ever produced!

If you are not able to attend the first meeting the details of the book selected will be published on the Parish web site and on facebook so you can purchase the title and get reading!

If you would like to be involved you can contact me or simply come to The Clayton Hall on the evening of Thursday 29th June 2017.

Robin McCallum rmccallum03@qub.ac.uk   or Mobile – 07707 618532

 

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