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Leading Historian to Deliver Wartime Lecture at The Hive

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One of the Country’s leading cultural historians will deliver the latest in a series of public Professorial Lectures at The Hive.

Maggie Andrews, Professor of Cultural History at the University of Worcester, will talk about wartime evacuation on Wednesday, June 4 at 5.30pm.

Her lecture, titled ‘Nationalising Hundreds and Thousands of Women: femininity, domesticity and motherhood in World War Two evacuation’, will explore both the experiences of the housewives and mothers at the time and suggest some longer terms effects of evacuation on ideas of motherhood and domesticity in the post-war era.

Professor Andrews is one of the BBC’s regional experts for its First World War centenary commemorations and has already appeared on radio stations and BBC1’s Big Questions. She is helping the BBC to source and develop 100 local stories relating to the conflict, delivering unknown facts, exploring local contributions and conveying how the West Midlands changed between 1914 and 1918.

She has also compiled a book – ‘The Home Front: Images, Myths and Forgotten Experiences’ – due to be published at the end of this year, and will play a key role as the University of Worcester hosts the Women’s History National Conference in September, on the theme of the Home Fronts: Gender War and Conflict.

The monthly Professorial Lecture series, which has been running at The Hive since February, has so far covered topics as varied as the history of local theatre, the ongoing story of DNA and whether or not it is possible to live well with dementia.

The lecture series will resume in the autumn, kicking off with Professor Stephen Parker on ‘what is religious education and why should it be taught in schools’, taking place on October 1; Professor Howard Cox on ‘why austerity Britain gorged on magazines: the making of a monopoloy in the UK magazine industry’ on November 5; and Professor Jean Webb on ‘devouring books: food and fiction for children and schools’ on December 3.