John Wilkes: 18th Century Murderer, Journalist, Politician, Libertine


Morning Course

Sheila Seymour

31 March 2022

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

£35 includes lunch

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A morning course which looks at the 1760s with John Wilkes who stood up to the Establishment and won ‘us’ some of our key rights, including freedom of the Press. He was also a murderer, outlaw, debt-skipper, libertine…

Moments of his life were farcical but mostly it was a deadly game.

[This course expands on the second talk in the Lord North series, but attendance at that not necessary.  It is part of an initiative led by the University of Newcastle to promote wider knowledge of Wilkes’ contribution of our democracy]

Tutor information

Sheila Seymour:  After a career in international IT project management, 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.  I like the corners of history that aren’t covered at school or college: brave people, forgotten events – even outrageous people or those made to seem duller than they were by the passage of time. And I love sharing what I’ve discovered.

I am a PhD and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, historians’ professional body.  I earned this latter accolade through my commitment to what is termed ‘Public History’.  ‘Public History’ is what we do at Dillington.

At its best, the best presenters bring the best of modern research to non-specialists in enjoyable formats.  Presenters are also expected to make that research meaningful to their audience and give them opportunities to develop and express their views – if they want.  However, if attendees prefer just to listen and mull it over afterwards, that’s fine too.

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