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


Morning Course

Sheila Seymour

31 March 2022

£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 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

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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.