Friday Lecture – 70th Anniversary – Lord North: The Prime Minister who Found Dillington House & Lost America




Sheila Seymour

23 October 2020

£26 includes lunch

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A series of three lectures (including lunch) exploring Lord North and his links to Dillington House will enlighten and entertain you.

Lord North, owner of Dillington House from his marriage in 1756 to his death in 1790, was Prime Minister during the American War of Independence. This lecture course will consider the highs and lows of his foreign policy and to what extent he, personally, was responsible for the loss of America. An 18th Century Prime Minister had a very different relationship with the King, his Cabinet and the Houses of Parliament than now. This lecture will look, very briefly, at how Lord North came to own Dillington House before going on to consider to what extent, as Prime Minister, he was to blame for the loss of America. It will contrast Britain’s conduct in America to its approach to the first Falklands Crisis of 1770 and its aftermath.

Tutor information

Sheila Seymour:  After a career in IT, from 2004 I was a tutor to the First Year History students at Royal Holloway College, University of London. My role was to introduce them to new aspects of, and approaches to, history after years of following tightly structured curricula. It was a wonderful job – but demanding. It was not only the students whose love of history was stimulated, and I look forward to sharing my experiences.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.