Historical Association Essex Branch

Essex Branch of the Historical Association

The Branch have arrange the following Zoom Meetings for December and January:-

December 5th 2020 2.30 P.M.





Join us for free from 2.15 p.m. using the following web address


Dr Alison Rowlands is Professor of European History at the University of Essex.

She has particular research and teaching interests in the history of witch-trials in Germany and England. She has always been intrigued by the lives and actions of everyday people in the past, especially in response to persecution and trauma. She has researched witch-trials, magic and gender, notably in the 17th Century.

Her talk will set the witchcraft beliefs and witch-trials of 16th and 17th century Essex and England into the wider comparative European context. What, if anything, was different about Essex witchcraft beliefs and methods for dealing with so-called ‘witches’? How severe were the Essex trials when compared across the continent? The talk will range across other European regions and explore the broader question of how useful a comparative approach is to the history of witch-persecution.


Saturday January 9th 2021 at 2.30 p.m.

After Boudicca: Being Roman in the land of the Iceni

Dr. Will Bowden of Nottingham University

Please join us for free from 2.15 p.m. using the following web address



Dr. Will Bowden is a Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. He started excavations at Stanstead Airport on a Manpower Services Project followed by a degree at UCL, working at the British School in Rome, then a PhD at the University of East Anglia, studing the late Roman period in Greece and Albania. He became a lecturer at the University of Reading, before arriving at Nottingham in 2016.

He has excavated in the UK, Italy, Albania and Jordan and has published widely, particularly in relation to excavations at Butrint, Albania. He has been running excavations at Caistor, Norfolk since 2006.

His talk considers the fate of the Iceni tribe after their revolt against the Romans in AD60/61. Limited textual sources consider the area to have been a tribal backwater, with few villas, mosaics, inscriptions and exotic imports from Gaul and the Mediterranean. The archaeological evidence suggests otherwise with the Iceni maintaining a distinct regional identity. Based upon his excavations at Venta Icenorum, the Iceni regional capital, Dr. Bowden will discuss the evidence uncovered and explore the ways that the Iceni responded to Rome after the death of their queen who made them famous.

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