The Lectures

In no particular order. Please click the titles for more information.

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Characters of East Anglia

including Maria Marten and Dick Turpin

More Characters of East Anglia

including Margaret Catchpole and the Rector of Stiffkey

Yet More Characters of East Anglia 

More East Anglians who have made their mark.

The Lost City of Dunwich

The story of a great East Anglian city which now lies beneath the North Sea.

Horatio, Lord Nelson

The life and career of England’s greatest naval commander and a legend in his lifetime

Two Suffolk Artists

Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable

The Bayeux Tapestry

The events of the year 1066 - the Year of the Three Kings

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The fascinating life of the great Victorian poet

The Suffolk Coastline

From Corton in the north to the River Orwell

Hadrian’s Wall

Rome’s Northern frontier: how it was built and used by the Roman army

The Tale of Beatrix Potter

The story of a remarkable children’s author who did more than create Peter Rabbit

The Bible in English

The history of the English Bible from earliest translations to the King James Version

Oliver Cromwell

He went from farmer to Lord Protector in a decade and changed England for ever

The Globe Theatre

Play-going in Shakespeare’s London -

what was it like to be in the audience?

Classic Children’s Authors

The stories behind some of the best books

ever written for children (not illustrated).

The Paston Letters

The personal letters of a 15th century Norfolk

family living through times of hardship and war

(not illustrated)

The River Deben

An armchair voyage down one of East Anglia’s most beautiful rivers

Mozart: A Life in Music

The story of a genius through his own words and wonderful music

(illustrated and with music extracts)

The Genius of Charles Dickens

The secrets behind the life and work of the popular novelist

The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial

The greatest treasure ever found on English soil, and a Royal tomb as well

Edward Fitzgerald

An eccentric Victorian country gentleman and his classic translation of a Persian poem

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

The story of the Aldeburgh girl who, against the odds,

became a doctor, then established a hospital, and

ended up Mayor of the town


He killed his wife and then bungled almost every detail

of the events which followed.

The story behind a legendary murder

John Clare

The sad story of a poet who adored the English

landscape and captured his pleasure in beautiful verse

Black Ivory

The story of the Slave Trade and Great Britain’s part in bringing it to an end

Tales of King Arthur

The Arthurian Legends comprise one of the world’s great stories, telling of King Arthur, Excalibur, the Round Table and Merlin.

(not illustrated)

And did those feet?

The story of William Blake’s Jerusalem.

(not illustrated)

The Find of a Lifetime

The exciting stories behind the discovery of buried treasures in East Anglia:  Snettisham, Mildenhall, Hoxne, Sutton Hoo and more.

Suffolk: A Portrait

Evocative pictures of this beautiful county throughout the seasons, with English music and verse.

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Edward Thomas and Adlestrop

The story of a poet and his much-loved poem

Landmarks in Movie History

How the movies were invented and changed the world. 

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The Cretingham Murder Mystery

Murder most violent in a 19th century Suffolk village.

(not illustrated)

A Christmas Miscellany

A celebration of all things to do with Christmas.

(not illustrated)

All images copyright

Mark Mitchels, 2019.

The Story of the Aldeburgh Festival

A Suffolk music festival which is famous worldwide.

Rule Britannia

The transformation of the Royal Navy in the 19th Century

Parson Woodforde’s Diary

The diary of an 18th century country parson.

A History of the Suffolk Landscape

The evolution of the county we know today

The Rise and Fall of the East Anglian Herring

From triumph to disaster in half a century

The History of a Medieval Parish Church

From St Augustine to Queen Elizabeth (not illustrated)

Benjamin Britten – A Suffolk Composer.

An illustrated lecture on his life and work.

Thomas Seckford: Life and Legacy

The extraordinary story of a Tudor benefactor.

The Royal Navy in World War I

How the Royal Navy helped to ensure victory in the Great War

Sir Edward Elgar - A life in music

The composer who is regarded as a national treasure

Magna Carta

The inspiration of liberty

The Duke of Wellington

“The man who saved the world”

Mary Rose

The Life and Loss of a Tudor Warship

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

The General who gave his Queen

“A Glorious Victory”

Samuel Pepys

And the making of the Royal Navy

Classic Comic Novels

A celebration of English humour in print

(not illustrated)

The Swedish warship Vasa

Lost in the 17th c and found in the 20th c.

Dickens and Scrooge

The writing of a classic Christmas story

(not illustrated)

Matthew Hopkins – The Witch-Finder General

An East Anglian horror story

Henry V and the battle of Agincourt

The true story of a famous battle