List of previous Archive Lectures

We have been most fortunate in our list of previous speakers for The Annual Archive Lecture, all leading experts in their field and listed below:

2016: William Harvey

Professor Mark Caulfield

Professor Mark Caulfield, Director of the William Harvey Research Centre delivered the 8th Archive lecture on 9 February, 2016. His illustrated lecture covered the life and work of the revolutionary C17th physician who discovered how blood is pumped around our bodies, his education at Cambridge and Padua, his work in London and in Europe. His association with Barts is celebrated by the annual “William Harvey Day Scientific Meeting” and the eponymous Research Centre. Prof. Caulfield concluded by citing as part of Harvey’s legacy, current cardiac research including the value of beetroot juice in preventing arterial disease, the Genomics England project and the opening in 2015 of the Bart’s Heart Centre, the largest cardiac unit in Europe. 

2014: Charity and Commemoration: The Tudor Roots?

For those of you that were unfortunate enough to miss Dr Starkey's talk, an audio recording of it can be found here.

Dr David Starkey, CBE is a historian, broadcaster and Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. The only child of Quaker parents, he was educated at Kendal Grammar School and Cambridge, where he wrote his ground-breaking dissertation on the court of Henry VIII. Now one of Britain's leading historians, he writes books, curates historical exhibitions and presents TV documentaries, which combine scholarship with wide popular appeal. Winner of the WH Smith Prize for Biography and the Norton Medlicott Medal for Services to History, he is Trustee of the Mary Rose Trust, Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Barbers, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society, and has Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Lancaster and Kent. He was made CBE in 2007. An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, he is a Churchfriendly atheist who loves the beauty of the liturgy, music and buildings of the Church of England. He is also an outspoken and controversial panelist on programmes like Question Time. He lives with his long-term partner in London and Kent.

2013: London Projects

Sir Michael Hopkins, CBE

Architect and Royal Academician. Co-founder of Hopkins Architects, whose work includes the new opera house at Glyndebourne, The Mount Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground, The Queen’s Building at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Portcullis House in Westminster.

2012: Staircase Wit: Hogarth’s Paintings at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Robin Simon 

Art historian and critic. Editor of The British Art Journal. Visitng Professor in The Department of English, University College London since 2007. Expert on William Hogarth and author  of A Rake's Progress: From Hogarth to Hockney (1997), Enlightened Self-interest: TheFoundling Hosital and Hogarth (1997) and Hogarth, France and British Art (2007).

You can read Christopher Howse’s coverage of this event in The Telegraph here.

2011: The Rebuilding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital by James Gibbs

Peter Schmitt

Chartered Architect, Surveyor to the Fabric of The Royal Academy of Art and member of The Archives Committee, Barts Health NHS Trust.

2010: Public Art in 18th Century England

Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, CBE

Art Historian. Previously President of The Museums Association, Director of The National Portrait Gallery and The National Gallery. Appointed CBE for services to art. Current Secretary and Chief Executive of The Royal Academy of Art.

2009: Goodbye England’s Heritage

Dr Simon Thurley, CBE

Academic and architecture historian. Previously the Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage, Curator of Historic Palaces and Curator of The London Museum. Appointed CBE for services to conservation. Chief Executive of English Heritage since 2002.

2008: Mercy, Madness, Pestilence and Death

Dr Richard Cork.

Art historian, editor, critic and curator. Previously The Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University, The Henry Moore Senior Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Fine Art and  judge for the Turner Prize.







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