Ian Mortimer


 

Past talks and lectures

  1. Friday 18 October 2019
    Martin Randall Travel
    Talk for the symposium, Medieval England: Power, Politics & Culture, based at the Swan Hotel, Lavenham, entitled 'Who had the greater right to the throne in the fifteenth century? York or Lancaster?'
  2. Thursday 17 October 2019
    Martin Randall Travel
    Talk for the symposium, Medieval England: Power, Politics & Culture, based at the Swan Hotel, Lavenham, entitled 'Medieval Horizons: the cultural and psychological expansion of the Western World, 1000-1560'.
  3. Monday 30 September 2019
    PiXL History
    Talk entitled 'Why I am still haunted by my history teacher'. Principally about the differences between (a) the actual past; (b) history as the study of the past; and the threats arising therefrom, and how history is more important than ever in upholding the basic values of society. A copy of the full text may be found here.


  4. Wednesday 12 June 2019
    Devon History Society
    'The history of a Devon town house: Mearsdon, Moretonhampstead, from the thirteenth century to the present day'. An illustrated talk at the Rowe Hall, The Mint Conference Centre, South Street, Exeter.


  5. Friday 7 June 2019
    Greenway Literature Festival
    An interview with Gary Calland at the first Greenway Literary Festival, at the home of Agatha Christie, Greenway, Devon, about writing historical fiction and, in particular, The Outcasts of Time.


  6. Saturday 18 May 2019
    Mortimer History Society
    A talk on the genealogy of the twelfth-century Mortimer families of Wigmore, Attleborough, Richard's Castle, Bec and Wilsthorpe. A video of this talk can be viewed here, courtesy of the Society.


  7. Saturday 11 May 2019
    In Search of Tywardreath
    A talk on everyday life in fourteenth-century England, at the chapel in Well Street, Tywardreath.


  8. Tuesday 6 November 2018
    Torquay Museum
    An illustrated talk on Charlie Laycock's house, Moretonhampstead, 1207-2018.


  9. Thursday 27 September 2018
    Sampford Peverell Society
    A final talk on the The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.


  10. Thursday 20 September 2018
    London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
    A talk on the The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain for the borough's 'Know Your Place' heritage festival. Held in the Old Town Hall.


  11. Saturday 25 August 2018
    Great Bidlake, Devon
    A light-hearted talk to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Bidlake family acquiring Great Bidlake, entitled 'A Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval Devon'.


  12. Thursday 28 June 2018
    The National Archives
    A talk entitled 'Documentary Enlightenment: the death of Edward II and the principles of historical methodology', as part of the National Archives 'Reimagining Records' symposium for medievalists. In this I explained how the debate about the death of Edward II has come to act as a magnifiying glass on academic behaviour and methodological skills, and how arguments have been advanced in defiance of basic core priciples. I outlined eight principles within the 60 minutes I had at my disposal:

    1. Without evidence, there is no history.
    2. All historical argument must proceed from evidence.
    3. Written evidence is only as reliable as the information available to the author.
    4. Evidence never exists in isolation.
    5. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence - except where a dataset is known to be complete.
    6. Motive is not evidence.
    7. Evidence is not proof.
    8. A circular argument indicates an unresolved conflict of evidence.

    And in explaining these, I showed how senior academics had abused all of them in the course of maintaining the traditional account of the death of Edward II.


  13. Saturday 16 June 2018
    The Devonshire Association
    A talk to the Literature and Art Section on the theme of 'Writing history and historical fiction: how do we tell the truth about the past?'.


  14. Wednesday 23 May 2018
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    A talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, in the church, in order to raise funds for the History Society's archives.


  15. Saturday 19 May 2018
    The Mortimer History Society
    Two short talks on medieval religion: one on its structures and institutions and the other on the personal experience of religion in the Middle Ages.


  16. Wednesday 25 April 2018
    The Lustleigh Society
    A talk on Restoration Britain.


  17. Thursday 19 April 2018
    The Reform Club
    A repeat of my lecture, 'The Shakespeare Authorship Debate and Historical Responsibility'. The preface to this talk is available here.


  18. Thursday 8 March 2018
    Totnes Early Music Society and Totnes Museum Society
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, at the Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes. Followed two days later by a musical demonstration with performances of texts and music by Restoration writers and composers.


  19. Thursday 25 January 2018
    Chagford Local History Society
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, at Endecott House.


  20. Wednesday 17 January 2018
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    President's address, on the theme of 'Your Ancestors' Laundry' - being a look at how the laundry business changed from an exclusively female occupation in the early 1800s to a nationwide business dominated by men by the 1870s. The experience of my ancestors, the Mortimer family of Plymouth, who were dyers and fullers in the 1790s and by the 1880s owned and ran one of the biggest cleaning companies in the UK, show that this was not as straightforward a development as you might think. It involved a lot of advertising, heritage, lying about heritage, illegally borrowing coats of arms, guessing the future - and most of the crucial business decisions were made by a woman, Rachel Mortimer (1796-1860).


  21. Saturday 25 November 2017
    BBC History Magazine weekend, York
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, for the York event organised by BBC History Magazine.


  22. Thursday 16 November 2017
    West Dartmoor U3A, Tavistock
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.


  23. Sunday 22 October 2017
    Dorchester Literary Festival
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.


  24. Friday 13 October 2017
    Chagford Library
    A talk on the value of the written word on the occasion of the official opening of the new library and archive facilities. (I even cut the ribbon!)


  25. Saturday 7 October 2017
    BBC History Magazine weekend, Winchester
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, for the Winchester event organised by BBC History Magazine.


  26. Monday 25 September 2017
    Appledore Book Festival
    Talking about The Outcasts of Time and how life changed for people over the six centuries covered in the book, 1348-1942. Further details from the festival website.


  27. Wednesday 20 September 2017
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    A discussion between myself and the historical novelist Michael Jecks on the theme of 'History and Historical Fiction: how can we tell the truth about the past?' Held in the Stable Bar of the Union Inn, Moretonhampstead.


  28. Monday 11 September 2017
    Gloucester Literary Festival
    A talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.


  29. Saturday 2 September 2017
    Private event
    A walking tour of Dartmoor.


  30. Sunday 9 July 2017
    Wimpole History Festival (Cambridge Literary festival/The National Trust)
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain. Held at Wimpole Hall.


  31. Thursday 1 June 2017
    Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival
    Talking about my two new books with Phil Rickman: The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain; and The Outcasts of Time. Details available from the festival website.


  32. Monday 22 May 2017
    Bow Local History Society
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.


  33. Saturday 20 May 2017
    Friends of Torquay Museum
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.


  34. Monday 15 May 2017
    Devon Heritage Centre
    A short talk concluding the launch of the Manorial Documents Register for Devon.


  35. Saturday 6 May 2017
    Plymouth Local Studies Day
    A talk on the new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain. Held at the Robbins Conference Centre, Gibbon Street.


  36. Thursday 4 May 2017
    Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Sussex
    A talk on my new book, The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain.


  37. Monday 3 April 2017
    The Launch of The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain
    This was part of an afternoon of three talks held under the auspices of the Friends of Devon's Archives (FoDA) at Devon Heritage Centre, Sowton, Exeter. It took the form of an illustrated A to Z of Restoration Britain.


  38. Wednesday 11 January 2017
    The Institute of Historical Research, London
    A seminar with Prof. Jeremy Black, Taylor Downing and Prof. Lucy Riall in the series organised by Daniel Snowman at Senate House. Our theme was 'Lessons from the Past'.


  39. Monday 28 November 2016
    University of Exeter
    My annual lecture to Exeter history students on 'the uses of the past'.


  40. Tuesday 22 November 2016
    Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre
    A speech as part of the annual Archive and Records Association's event, 'Explore your archive'.


  41. Monday 14 November 2016
    Devon Heritage Centre
    A short speech to volunteers at the archive.


  42. Monday 7 November 2016
    Devon Heritage Centre
    A short speech as part of the ceremony to present the South West Heritage Trust with the 'Record-keeping Service of the Year' award. I nominated the Trust in my capacity as chairman of the Friends of Devon's Archives.


  43. Saturday 15 October 2016
    Friends of Devon's Archives
    An illustrated talk entitled 'Your ancestors' dirty laundry' at the Plymouth Athenaeum as part of the autumn conference of the Friends of Devon's Archives. (My ancestors were the proprietors of Mortimer's Cleaning and Dyeing works, Plymouth, from its origins in the eighteenth century until they sold the company in 1932.)


  44. 9 September 2016
    Introduction to the paintings of Ric Horner
    I sponsored an exhibition in Moretonhampstead by the landscape painter, Ric Horner. As I own about twenty of his paintings, I gave a short introduction to his work at the private view, and talked about its place in the development of landscape art. It turns out that it was filmed: you can see the recording on this Youtube page. Sorry about the expletives near the start - they are a direct quotation.


  45. 20-22 July 2016
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval Music
    This was a unique collaboration between me and the London-based ensemble The Artisans (multi-instrumentalists Emily and Hazel Askew, percussionist Louise Duggan, and lutenist Richard Mackenzie). The idea was that medieval music says much about the experience of being in the past - and, at the same time, the history of the period allows us to understand the background to the music. Thus we wove the two together in a musical performance of what it was like to live in the Middle Ages. There were three performances: Moretonhampstead Church (20 July), South Tawton Church House (21 July) and Glastonbury Abbey (22 July). The poster for the Devon events, held on 20 and 21 July, is here. A showreel using the recording made in Moretonhampstead Church and footage and stills from all three performances may be seen on this Youtube page.


  46. Thursday 14 July 2016
    The University of Southampton, Department of Psychology
    Keynote lecture at the 8th Southampton Symposium of the Self and Identity, entitled 'The History of the Self, 1000-1600'. I identified points at which the ways in people's self-awareness, self-definition and individuality changed in the Middle Ages - from the development of Purgatory to the impact of the mirror and the development of the personal diary.


  47. Sunday 3 April 2016
    Canterbury History Weekend
    'Medieval Horizons': a talk tackling the growing tendency to regard the Middle Ages as static, backward and ignorant, on the basis of a modern obsession with technology, which prevents people from appreciating how life changed profoundly over the years 1000-1600.


  48. Monday 28 March 2016
    Bow and District Historical Society
    'Medieval Horizons'. In a candlelit church in the area. But fewer candles than usual due to a recent fire. Good thing I didn't need notes.


  49. Wednesday 16 March 2016
    University of Exeter
    Lecture to undergraduates on 'The uses of history'.


  50. Thursday 28 January 2016
    Okehampton U3A
    Talk entitled 'Medieval Horizons'.


  51. Wedneday 20 January 2016
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    Talk on the book, Human Race: ten centuries of change on Earth, held in the parish church. This was where I first spoke on the theme in 2009, and as that event inspired the writing of the book, it seems fitting to hold the last talk on the subject in the place. Full circle.


  52. Saturday 5 December 2015
    'Moor Medieval', Dartmoor National Park Authority
    What if there had been a medieval National Park Authority?


  53. Thursday 19 November 2015
    West Dartmoor U3A, Tavistock
    Talk on the theme of Human Race: ten centuries of change on Earth.


  54. Thursday 29 October 2015
    Chagford History Society
    Human Race: ten centuries of change on Earth.


  55. Monday 19 October 2015
    The Friends of Devon's Archives conference
    A talk about how to trace the socio-economic history of a medieval community when you do not have any medieval manorial records. Held at the Guildhall, Exeter.


  56. Friday 16 October 2015
    UK National Park Authorities' conference
    This year the Association of National Park Authorities' conference was held by my own NPA, Dartmoor. So I did a talk on 'A Time Traveller's Guide to National Parks'.


  57. Thursday 15 October 2015
    Teignbridge Decorative and Fine Art Society, Kingsteignton
    Talk on The idea of change.


  58. Monday 12 October 2015
    Eastbourne College, Sussex
    Human Race: ten centuries of change on Earth. Private event for past and present members of Eastbourne College.


  59. Friday 2 October 2015
    The International Tyndale Society annual conference, Oxford
    A keynote address entitled 'The only writer in English history more influential than William Shakespeare'. This is now available to buy as a Keynote Speech, either as a stand-alone piece or as part of the compendium of four keynote speeches.


  60. Saturday 1 August 2015
    600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt conference, University of Southampton
    A special public lecture on 'The Meaning of War' to commemorate the anniversary of the battle. This is now available to buy as a Keynote Speech, either as a stand-alone piece or as part of the compendium of four keynote speeches. Alternatively, you can watch it on Youtube.


  61. Saturday 27 June 2015
    Sevenoaks Literature Celebration
    Talking about Centuries of Change, in the Great Hall at Ightham Mote, on what would have been my father's eightieth birthday. A special event.


  62. Tuesday 23 June 2015
    Historic England
    A talk to the West of England listing team of Historic England about Mearsdon, Moretonhampstead, from 1207-present.


  63. Tuesday 23 June 2015
    Historic England
    A talk to the West of England listing team of Historic England about the development of Moretonhampstead and how to use head rents as a source for the history of property ownership and boundary changes.


  64. Friday 19 June 2015
    Sidmouth Literary Festival
    Centuries of Change at Kennaway House.


  65. Friday 12 June 2015
    AsparaWriting Festival, Evesham
    Talking on the theme of 'The Mortimers of Wigmore: twelve generations of violent revolt (and even more violent loyalty), 1075-1425'.


  66. Thursday 21 May 2015
    Aldworth Church, Berkshire
    Aldworth Church was rebuilt seven hundred years ago, in 1315. I imagined three generations of a local family stopping there while a torrential thunderstorm broke outside: the grandfather tells his son and grandfather of all the changes he has seen in the fifty years of his memory - from politics and parliament to manorial record keeping and famine. Thirty years later the son and grandson return to talk about all the things that have happened since, such as fashion, architecture and the war with France. Finally, in 1365, the grandson comes back to reminisce and tell his own grandson of all the things that have happened in his lifetime. A celebration of 100 years of change.


  67. Friday 15 May 2015
    Fowey Festival of Words and Music, Cornwall
    Talk on the theme of Centuries of Change. More details are on the festival website: foweyfestival.com


  68. Thursday 23 April 2015
    The Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral
    This was the first public reading of my paper, 'The Shakespeare Authorship Debate and Historical Responsibility' in the 13th-century Chapter House of Exeter Cathedral. This is now available to buy as a Keynote Speech, either as a stand-alone piece or as part of the compendium of four keynote speeches.


  69. Saturday 11 April
    Dartmoor National Park Authority
    A talk entitled 'The changing medieval world - from the Vikings to the Scientific Revolution'. Audience numbers limited to twenty due to it being held at Higher Uppacott, the Authority's medieval longhouse. I also did a tour of the house as part of the talk and therefore spoke continuously from 10.30 until 13.05, maknig it the longest presentation without a break I've yet done.


  70. Wednesday 8 April 2015
    Devon Heritage Centre, Sowton, Exeter
    A talk on Centuries of Change but with a slight twist. I'm calling it: 'Centuries of Change - or how to write the history of the last thousand years without leaving Devon'. The venue is what used to be called Devon Record Office, and is where the Devon Archives and Local Studies Service is based. Proceeds to the Devon Archives service - a most worthy cause.


  71. Monday 23 March 2015
    Oxford Literary Festival
    Talking about the new book, Centuries of Change. Details on the festival website.


  72. Monday 9 March 2015
    University of Exeter
    Talking to second year undergraduates on the theme of 'The Uses of History'.


  73. Thursday 5 March 2015
    Bath Literature Festival
    Talking about the new book, Centuries of Change.


  74. Saturday 28 February 2015
    Dartmoor National Park Authority
    A talk on the subject of 'Documentary sources for the history of communities in Eastern Dartmoor' as part of a one-day symposium on daily life on Dartmoor in the Middle Ages, entitled 'Longhouses and Hard Lives', which I coordinated.


  75. Thursday 29 January 2015
    Okehampton U3A
    A talk about Centuries of Change at the Ockment centre, Okehampton.


  76. Wednesday 21 January 2015
    The Lustleigh Society
    A talk about Centuries of Change.


  77. Wednesday 14 January 2015
    The Dartmoor Society
    An illustrated presentation on the development of medieval Moretonhampstead at Mearsdon.


  78. Monday 27 October 2014
    Off the Shelf Festival of Words, Sheffield
    A talk about my new book, Centuries of Change.


  79. Saturday 25 October 2014
    Tavistock Heritage Festival
    A talk about my new book, Centuries of Change.


  80. Friday 24 October 2014
    Tavistock Heritage Festival
    'History, folklore and historical fiction - comfortable bedfellows?' On-stage discussion with Michael Jecks.


  81. Saturday 18 October 2014
    Ilkley Literature Festival
    A talk about my new book, Centuries of Change. A review of this talk by Sally Harrop appears on the Moonantlers blog.


  82. Wednesday 8 October 2014
    Cheltenham Literarature Festival
    A talk about my new book, Centuries of Change.


  83. Saturday 4 October 2014
    Appledore Book Festival, North Devon
    A talk about my new book, Centuries of Change.


  84. Sunday 20 July 2014
    Folk by the Oak
    Introducing 'The Elizabethan Session' at the Folk by the Oak festival.


  85. Monday 17 March 2014
    University of Exeter
    Talking about 'The Uses of the Past' to second-year undergraduates.


  86. Friday 14 March 2014
    Folk by the Oak
    Folk by the Oak asked me to speak at their artists' retreat as part of their Elizabethan Sessions project. You can find reviews of the show in The Times, who described it as 'a stunning and unforgetable evening', as well as The Guardian, who reviewed the second concert a couple of days later, in London. Also folkwitness.co.uk, and London Folk Music, which called it 'a dazzling jewel in the crown of English folk music'.


  87. Thursday 27 February 2014
    Penguin Random House Sales Conference, Brighton
    Short debate between Martin Amis and myself on the question 'Is humanity violent?' with Kirsty Lang in the chair.


  88. Thursday 30 January 2014
    Chagford History Society
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  89. Wednesday 22 January 2014
    English Speaking Union, Exeter Branch
    The idea of change.


  90. Wednesday 15 January 2014
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    Presidential address: using manorial documents to trace the history of your house.


  91. Wednesday 8 January 2014
    Royal Shakespeare Company
    A talk about Henry IV for the cast of the forthcoming production of Henry IV Part One.


  92. Friday 25 October 2013
    Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
    I was invited to say a few words at the opening of the exhibition 'West Country to the World's End: the South West in the Tudor Age'. Talked about mirrors and the idea that the exhibition reflects the many new identities people saw when they looked in the glass mirror for the first time in 16th century, Details of the exhibition itself are at the museum's website.


  93. Saturday 21 September 2013
    The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, nr Chichester
    'The Time Traveller's Guide to Fatal Illnesses, 1348-1798' for the Medicine and Mortality weekend at this unique and marvellous museum. A blogpost by C18thgirl describes what I went on about.


  94. Wednesday 11 September 2013
    St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England to raise money for Moretonhampstead History Society's archive. I titled this particular talk, 'The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England - new, improved, with added diseases!'


  95. Tuesday 14 May 2013
    The National Archives
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England. This can be downloaded freely as an mp3 file..


  96. Saturday 11 May 2013
    Mortimer History Society, Earl Mortimer College, Leominster
    A talk on 'The Mortimers in the time of Richard II' for the Mortimer History Society's annual conference.


  97. Saturday 13 April 2013
    Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury Cathedral
    Talking about 'The Reputation and Legacy of Henry IV', on the 600th anniversary of his death, at a colloquium organised by the University of Kent at Canterbury. This is now available to buy as a Keynote Speech, either as a stand-alone piece or as part of the compendium of four keynote speeches.


  98. Sunday 28 April 2013
    Dillington House
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England in the wonderful environs of an Elizabethan architectural gem, Dillington House.


  99. Thursday 14 March 2013
    Thackeray Society, Reform Club
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  100. Tuesday 5 March 2013
    University of Exeter
    Talk to students about writing history for the public, part of the series of lectures entitled 'The Uses of the Past'.


  101. Friday 22 February 2013
    The American Library, Karlsruhe, Germany
    An A-Z talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England. Details about the American Library are available on the Library's own pages.


  102. Saturday 24 November 2012
    Off the Shelf, Sheffield
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  103. Saturday 17 November 2012
    Crediton Community Bookshop
    A short talk on books as a civilising factor over the last thousand years at the launch of this new local bookselling initiative.


  104. 9-11 November 2012
    Copenhagen Book Fair, Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Two interviews with the Danish historical novelist Martin Jensen, conducted by the historian and cultural commentator for Weekendavisen, Bo Bjørnvig.


  105. Thursday 11 October 2012
    Rye Books, East Dulwich, London SE22
    'The A to Z of Elizabethan England'.


  106. 29-30 September 2012
    Historical Novel Society Conference, London
    Chairing a session on 'The Lying Art of Historical Fiction' and speaking the next day on the theme of 'The Problems of visiting the past in fact and fiction'.


  107. Tuesday 25 September 2012
    Taunton Literary Festival
    Appearance as James Forrester. Talking about fear and the senses in Elizabethan England.


  108. Monday 24 September 2012
    Bow and District Historical Society, Devon
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  109. Friday 14 September 2012
    Friends of Buckfastleigh Library, Devon
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  110. Saturday 8 September 2012
    Gloucester History Festival
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  111. Wednesday 18 July 2012
    Harrogate International Festival (Spiegeltent)
    Appearance as James Forrester. Talking about fear and the senses in Elizabethan England.


  112. Monday 9 July 2012
    Ways with Words, Dartington
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  113. Tuesday 3 July 2012
    Devon Writers Group
    Houndtor medieval village: imagining the medieval experience.


  114. Saturday 30 June 2012
    Chalke Valley History Festival
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  115. Friday 29 June 2012
    Research Centre for Creative Writing, Bath Spa University
    Talking about creative non-fiction at a one-day symposium, 'Other voices, other times'


  116. Thursday 14 June 2012
    Oxford University Historical Society
    'A-Z of Elizabethan England'


  117. Tuesday 12 June 2012
    Friends of The National Archives
    Lecture entitled, 'Creative non-fiction: where does history go from here?' A copy of the text is available here.


  118. Saturday 2 June 2012
    Charles Causley Festival, Launceston
    Talking about my work as both Dr Ian Mortimer and James Forrester, principally focusing on The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England but also saying how it informs the writing of my fiction.


  119. Thursday 31 May 2012
    Chagword Festival, Chagford, Devon
    'A-Z of Elizabethan England' at the inaugural session of Chagword, the new literary festival in Chagford.


  120. Wednesday 23 May 2012
    The Lustleigh Society, Devon
    'A-Z of Elizabethan England'.


  121. Monday 14 May 2012
    The Du Maurier Festival, Fowey, Cornwall
    Appearance as James Forrester. Talking about my Clarenceux trilogy of novels, writing about experiencing life in Elizabethan England, and historical fiction in general.


  122. Sunday 13 May 2012
    The Du Maurier Festival, Fowey, Cornwall
    'A-Z of Elizabethan England'.


  123. Saturday 21 April 2012
    The Time Traveller's Guide to the heart of the past...
    A special all-afternoon fundraising event, featuring talks on medieval and Elizabethan England, held at Dartmoor National Park Authority's Grade 1 Listed longhouse, Higher Uppacott, on the edge of Dartmoor. In aid of maintaining the house. Click here for my original press release.


  124. Thursday 19 April 2012
    Waterstones, Reading
    'A-Z of Elizabethan England'.


  125. Wednesday 18 April 2012
    Waterstones, Guildford
    'A-Z of Elizabethan England'.


  126. Wednesday 11 April 2012
    Waterstones, Cirencester
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England. Event with Dr Marc Morris.


  127. Thursday 12 April 2012
    Waterstones, Bath
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England. Event with Dr Marc Morris.


  128. Wednesday 4 April 2012
    Taunton Castle, Somerset
    A talk in the castle hosted by Brendon Books about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  129. Thursday 29 March 2012
    Waterstones, Tunbridge Wells
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  130. Wednesday 28 March 2012
    Waterstones, Richmond upon Thames
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England. Joint event with Dr Marc Morris, who was speaking about his new book, Conquest.


  131. Monday 26 March 2012
    Waterstones, Salisbury
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  132. Thursday 22 March 2012
    Exeter Central Library
    A talk about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England. Hosted by Waterstones in the Music Room the library.


  133. Saturday 10 March 2012
    The Union Inn, Moretonhampstead, Devon
    An evening of song and poetry, sharing the stage with Clive Pig (post-punk songwriter, performance poet, storyteller extraordinaire and all-round magician of the performed word). Poster here.


  134. Thursday 8 March 2012
    Waterstones, 203-6 Piccadilly, London
    A talk to launch The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  135. Saturday 14 January 2012
    Winchelsea Archaeological Society, Sussex
    Talk in Winchelsea Church entitled 'Edward II and Edward III: the nadir and zenith of medieval royalty'.


  136. Tuesday 6 December 2011
    Library Lecture Theatre, University College Plymouth, Marjon
    Two talks: one on using openings and endings to good effect in historical writing (a class to creative writing students) and another on the purposes of history, in fiction and creative non-fiction. See here for the poster.


  137. Friday 18 November 2011
    Institute of Historical Research, London
    Panel discussion on the differences of academic history and historical fiction as part of the 'Novel Approaches' conference.


  138. Wednesday 9 November 2011
    Portsmouth Bookfest
    Appearance as James Forrester. A sensory ride through Elizabethan England.


  139. Thursday 27 October 2011
    U3A, Totnes
    Talk on 'Living Through History'.


  140. Friday 14 October 2011
    Friends of St Andrews Church, Moretonhampstead
    Talk on the Church in Moreton.


  141. Tuesday 11 October 2011
    Cheltenham Literature Festival
    Appearance as James Forrester. A sensory ride through Elizabethan England.


  142. Thursday 15 September 2011
    University of Exeter & Wordquest
    Appearance as a guest writer as part of the Imagine there's a Future project. My theme will be 'A short history of the future of Dartmoor'.


  143. Saturday 23 July 2011
    Crime Writers Association, Harrogate
    Appearance as James Forrester. Talking about my first two novels at the CWA dinner.


  144. Saturday 16 July 2011
    Ways With Words, Dartington, Devon
    'Reliving the Past'. When would you have liked to have lived in the past? It is a question we all have considered. Ian reflects on some of the biggest surprises of historical experience, drawing from his bestselling The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England and also his work-in-progress, The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  145. Friday 15 July 2011
    Watermill Book Club, Newbury, Berkshire
    Appearance as James Forrester. Drawing partly on scenes in the novels and partly on my non-fiction work in progress, The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England.


  146. Wednesday 15 June 2011
    Dartmoor National Park Authority
    Talk on historical literature and the landscape, explaining how Dartmoor is not just inspiring for its natural beauty but, as a historic landscape, acts as a real-world reference library for the historical writer.


  147. Thursday 26 May 2011
    Kingston Readers Festival
    Appearance as James Forrester.


  148. Saturday 21 May 2011
    Mortimer History Society Conference, Ludlow
    The Mortimers and the Royal Family, 1200-1600.


  149. Wednesday 27 April 2011
    Ugborough History Society, Ugborough Church, Devon
    'Rewriting History'


  150. Wednesday 9 March 2011
    University of Nottingham
    'Accessing the medieval' - a panel discussion and writing workshop


  151. Tuesday 1 February 2011
    Festival to celebrate the life and times of the surgeon Dr Richard Stucley (1730-1811), Chulmleigh
    Panel discussion on life and medicine in the 18th century


  152. Tuesday 7 December 2010
    Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
    'Rewriting history: royal conspiracies in late medieval England' (Open Lecture Series).


  153. Sat/Sun 6-7 November 2010
    Writers at the Castle, Taunton
    A Friday afternoon to Sunday morning weekend, for Martin Randall Travel. I attended sessions on the Saturday and Sunday and gave a talk on 'The Fake Death of Edward II'.


  154. Friday 29 October 2010
    Toppings Bookshop, Bath
    'Medieval Intrigue: decoding royal conspiracies'.


  155. Thursday 14 October 2010
    Cheltenham Literary Festival
    Talking about 'Rewriting History'.


  156. Wednesday 29 September 2010
    Appledore Book Festival
    'Interviewing Myself: history and historical fiction'. Probably the world's first stand-up historiography event. James Forrester, historical novelist, interviews Ian Mortimer, historian, about the limits of history - and Ian Mortimer interviews James Forrester about the limits of historical fiction. Confrontational, excoriatingly critical - and likely to end up in blows. Except that both Ian and James are one person.


  157. Friday 24 Sept 2010
    Budleigh Salterton Literature Festival
    'Rewriting History'.


  158. Sunday 19 Sept 2010
    Reading Festival of Crime Writing
    'Digging up the Past: Historical Crime'. Appearing as James Forrester in a panel event with several successful crime-fiction writers.


  159. Thursday 16 Sept 2010
    Waterstones Bookshop, Exeter High Street Branch
    A book signing and informal introduction to my non-fiction work (as ian Mortimer) and my fiction (as James Forrester).


  160. Sunday 18 July 2010
    Ways with Words, Dartington, Devon
    'Rewriting History'.


  161. Friday 16 July 2010
    Ways with Words, Dartington, Devon
    A speaker was unable to turn up at Dartington due to ill-health, so I stepped in to speak about Medieval political murders.


  162. Sunday 6 June 2010
    Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival
    'Rewriting History' (not '1415' as in the programme).


  163. Friday 5 March 2010
    Words by the Water, Cumbria
    'Rewriting History'.


  164. Weds 20 January 2010
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    'Rewriting History'.


  165. Saturday 24 October 2009
    Mortimer History Society
    Inaugural presidential address for the newly formed society: 'What did the medieval Mortimers do for us?'.


  166. Wednesday 30 September 2009
    Appledore Books Festival, Appledore, North Devon
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England.


  167. Saturday 19 September 2009
    Richard III Society, Plymouth Branch
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England.


  168. Tuesday 15 September 2009
    Lympstone History Society
    The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England.


  169. Saturday 11 July 2009
    Ways with Words, Dartington
    A talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. A note appeared in a local paper - The Herald Express


  170. Thursday 11 June 2009
    St Andrews Church, Moretonhampstead, Devon
    Centuries of Change: a talk to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the establishment of the diocese of Exeter, formerly the diocese of Crediton, in 909 A.D.


  171. Wednesday 6 May 2009
    Widecombe History Society, Church House, Widecombe, Devon
    A talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England.


  172. Tuesday 10 March 2009
    University of Plymouth/Peninsula Arts in conjunction with the Historical Association
    Public lecture entitled 'Sex and Death in the Fourteenth-Century Royal Family'.


  173. Thursday 29 January 2009
    Endecott House, The Square, Chagford
    Talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England for the Chagford Local History Society.


  174. Monday 17 November 2008
    The Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton
    Public talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England.


  175. Wednesday 22 October 2008
    Toppings Bookshop, Bath
    Talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England.


  176. Sunday 19 October 2008
    Cheltenham Literary Festival
    Discussion on the battle of Agincourt with Professor Richard Holmes and the historical novelist, Bernard Cornwell.


  177. Saturday 27 September 2008
    Lichfield Festival (Lichfield Literature Weekend)
    Talk on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England


  178. Monday 14 July 2008
    Ways with Words, Dartington, Devon
    Talking about 'The Fears of Henry IV'. (See blog entry by Oxford Reader on this talk.)


  179. Saturday 10 May 2008
    The Richard III Society, Devon and Cornwall Branch
    'The Deaths of Kings'


  180. Wednesday 16 January 2008
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    'The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England' (Chairman's Address)


  181. Saturday 13 October 2007
    Ilkley Literary Festival
    'King Henry IV'. (See blog entry by daemonwolf on this talk.)


  182. Wednesday 10 October 2007
    Cheltenham Literary Festival
    'King Henry IV'. Referring back to this talk in 2008, the festival's Artistic Director Sarah Smyth said: 'Last year, the medieval historian Ian Mortimer talked about Henry IV at 10:00am on a Wednesday morning and had an audience of 400.'


  183. Saturday 18 August 2007
    Tiverton Literary Festival
    'The Fears of Henry IV'


  184. Wednesday 8 August 2007
    Waterstones, Exeter
    'The Fears of Henry IV'


  185. Saturday 21 July 2007
    Chagford Arts Festival
    'The Fears of Henry IV'


  186. Saturday 21 October 2006
    Leintwardine History Group
    'Edward III, the Mortimers, and the Leintwardine Chantry'


  187. Monday 18 September 2006
    University of Exeter, Department of History
    'The Rural Medical Marketplace in Early Modern England'


  188. Wednesday 19 April 2006
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    'Edward III, the Perfect King'


  189. Wednesday 18 January 2006
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    'Medieval Moretonhampstead' (Chairman's Address)


  190. Saturday 2 July 2005
    Ludlow Literary Festival
    'Sir Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March'


  191. Monday 25 April 2005
    University of Oxford, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
    'The Importance of Towns to the Seriously Ill and Dying in 17th-Century Kent'


  192. Saturday 16 October 2004
    Friends of Devon's Archives
    'Census Records for 17th-Century Devon'


  193. Friday 21 May 2004
    The Royal Historical Society
    'The Triumph of the Doctors' (The Alexander Prize Essay)


  194. Tuesday 9 March 2004
    Oundle Literary Festival
    'The Age of Treason'


  195. Monday 8 March 2004
    The Devonshire Association
    'The Mystery of the Death of Edward II'


  196. Saturday 6 March 2004
    Friends of Usk Castle
    'The Rise of the Mortimers, 1086-1360'


  197. Wednesday 12 November 2003
    University of Reading, Department of History
    'The Triumph of the Doctors'


  198. Tuesday 14 October 2003
    Cheltenham Literary Festival
    'The Death of Edward II' and (with Dr Marc Morris) 'A Historical Tour of Berkeley Castle'


  199. Tuesday 19 November 2002
    Friends of Devon Archives
    'Archives and the Internet'


  200. Saturday 5 October 2002
    The Henry Williamson Society
    Talk to the Society at the Saunton Sands hotel, North Devon, entitled 'The Henry Williamson Archive at Exeter University Library'


  201. Friday 4 October 2002
    The Devon and Exeter Institution, Exeter
    'The Poetry of History'


  202. Monday 16 September 2002
    Silverton History Society
    'Literary Papers at Exeter University Library'


  203. [exact date unrecorded] 2001
    University of Exeter, School of English, and SW Arts
    'The Papers of Daphne DuMaurier'


  204. [exact date unrecorded] 2001
    Friends of Devon Archives
    'The Literary Collections of Exeter University Library'


  205. Thursday 24 May 2001
    University of Exeter, Postgraduate Conference
    'The diocesan licensing of medical practitioners in early modern England: a case study of the diocese of Exeter 1660-1760'


  206. Wednesday 17 January 2001
    Moretonhampstead History Society
    'Doctors, dirt and disease in early modern England'


  207. Fri.-Sun. 8-10 September 2000
    University of Exeter, Centre for Medical History
    'Anthrax and the State 1895-1945'


  208. Tuesday 14 March 2000
    Friends of Devon's Archives
    'Devon Manors', a talk at Devon Record Office, Castle Street, Exeter.


  209. December 1999
    Devon & Exeter Institution
    'Devon Manors'


  210. Friday 3 December 1999
    University of Exeter, Centre for Medical History
    'When does health matter? New approaches to the study of early twentieth century occupational health'


  211. [exact date unrecorded] 1999
    AsLib Local History Group seminar
    'The World Wide Web for Archivists and Local History Librarians.'


  212. Thursday 15 April 1999
    Institute of Historical Research
    Talk to postgraduate students on 'The National Register of Archives and on-line sources for historical research'


  213. Monday 5 October 1998
    Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
    Talk to students from UCL on 'The National Register of Archives and on-line sources for historical research'


  214. Friday 4 September 1998
    Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
    Talk to students from Colgate University on 'The National Register of Archives and on-line sources for historical research'


  215. Thursday 23 April 1998
    Institute of Historical Research
    'The National Register of Archives and on-line sources for historical research'


  216. Saturday 8 November 1997
    Berkshire Family History Society
    'Life and Death in Berkshire, 1590-1720: the evidence of the Berkshire Probate Accounts'


  217. Thursday 9 October 1997
    AsLib seminar, Buried Treasure
    'Manuscript Sources for Art History.'


  218. Tuesday 16 September 1997
    The Society of Archivists, Annual Conference
    'Wide Area Networks Unlocked'


  219. Wednesday 23 July 1997
    British Records Association
    'Record Publishing on the Internet.' Paper given at the association's annual meeting for record editors.


  220. Sunday 13 April 1997
    The University of Reading, in conjunction with Berkshire Local History Society
    'Living and dying in 17th century Berkshire.'


  221. Tuesday 28 January 1997
    The Association of Local History Tutors
    '17th century Berkshire: the evidence of the probate accounts.'


  222. Tuesday 19 November 1996
    Birkbeck College, University of London
    Lecture to staff and students on sources for medieval history


  223. Thursday 18 January 1996
    Institute of Historical Research
    Lecture to staff and students on using The National Register of Archives


  224. Thursday 30 November 1995
    Berkshire Record Society AGM
    'The Berkshire Probate Accounts 1583-1712'


  225. Monday 9 October 1995
    V&A and Royal College of Art
    Lecture to students on finding the papers of UK artists.


  226. Monday 5 December 1994
    Berkshire Record Society AGM
    'The Glebe Terriers of Berkshire, 1634'