13. December 2018 - 12:30 till 13:30
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Lunchtime Lectures | Bristol Central Library | Thursday, 13. December 2018


Every Thursday, different speakers on different subjects at Bristol Central Library.
12.30pm - 1.20pm

22nd November
Justin Quinnell, Bristol photographer & one of the founder directors of The Real Photography Company
Justin will discuss why Bristol is the real birthplace of photography and present Bristol’s overlooked status as the place where in 1803 Humphry Davy and Thomas Wedgewood invented photography – 30 years before Fox Talbot. This talk will also explore the history of optical experimentation, the evolution of camera obscuras, the history of photography, as well as information on the Real Photography Company in Bristol.

29th November
Justin Newland, author
‘The Great Ming Code - how the law book of the Ming Dynasty attempted to harmonise human society with the will of Heaven.’
In 1368, Zhu Yuanzhang claimed to have obtained the Mandate of Heaven to rule China. In return, the first Ming Emperor had to follow Heavenly principle and preserve harmony between humans and supernatural spirits. A staunch Confucian, he enshrined this mission in the Great Ming Code.
To coincide with the launch of The Old Dragon’s Head, a supernatural thriller set during the Ming Dynasty, Dr. Justin Newland will discuss how the rule of law and custom reached into every aspect of people’s lives, even the Emperor’s.

6th December
Noëlle Quénivet, Associate Professor in International Law
Child Soldiers: Busting the Myth of their Victimhood to Better Understand Who They Are
Noëlle Quénivet will challenge the generally held view that child soldiers are victims, dragged by evil adults into armed conflicts. The reality is that some children voluntarily join armed group, take part in the hostilities and commit atrocities. The trial of Dominic Ongwen before the International Criminal Court is a testimony to the complexity of what is often called the ‘child soldier phenomenon’.

13th December
Barbara Drummond, researcher & historian
Curious 18th Century Histories: Wife Selling, Early Technology & A Local Manumitter
Barbara Drummond will share stories of curious 18th Century histories including that of Bristol-born Samuel Gist who was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School and sent to Virginia as an apprentice, where he was a colleague of Washington. On his return to England he became wealthy and on his death freed one of the largest groups of slaves in American History.

20th December
David Dewar, Musicologist at the University of Bristol
The History of Carols with Carol-Singing
In this seasonal edition of the lunchtime lecture, David Dewar will be delving into the history and origin of carols as a genre, and will describe the particular histories of a few carols which you will hear sung to you by a couple of member of library staff including singer and library assistant Suzanne Timmins.