Gibraltar History Lecture Series 6

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Gibraltar History Lecture Series 6

The University’s Gibraltar History Lectures aim to educate and enhance the community’s knowledge of Gibraltar-related subjects as well as stimulate discussions and debate.

Delivered by expert guest speakers, these weekly talks have been developed in conjunction with the Silver Education Key Advisory Group. They are free and open to the public.

We dedicated this series to the memory of Willy Serfaty.  Member of KAG since 2018 and staunch Gibraltarian and passionate historian.  Regular attendee of this series and provider of key topics.

Gibraltar and the Small Jewish Communities around the world

The Jewish Community of Gibraltar has given Ayelet the inspiration for her PhD research at the Open University.

This lecture draws on her research topic “Are small Jewish communities sustainable in an era of globalisation?” and will take you on a journey across the world, comparing the Gibraltar Jewish community to other small Jewish communities in an attempt to understand the secrets of its success as well as examine the challenges faced by other communities and discover how they have evolved.

Date:15th Nov 19
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Speaker: Ayelet Mamo Shay

The Gibraltarians

This lecture will attempt to analyse the constituent elements which have gone into the melting pot, in order to  arrive at some conclusion as to ‘What is a Gibraltarian’.

There are a number of factors which go into the shaping of peoples’ characteristics – racial and cultural origins, geographical location, political and educational factors, and global developments.

The lecture will be illustrated by a series of demographical charts and references to important landmarks in the history of British Gibraltar, as well as living conditions on the Rock in the early years of the British occupation.

Date: 22nd Nov 19
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Speaker: Tom Finlayson

The Gibraltar Gas Company: A Case Study in Colonial Capitalism

With no natural resources and limited space for industry, other than transhipment of goods or supply to the military garrison, the commercial opportunities that the Industrial Revolution afforded the United Kingdom largely passed Gibraltar by as a colony. Other than processing tobacco there was no real opportunity for large-scale manufacture or production of goods. That was to change with the proposal to introduce gas into Victorian Gibraltar.

This is the fascinating story as to how the Gibraltar Gas Company was established and financed in 1857 by a public share offering and subsequent events in the lifecycle of the company (drawing comparisons with the UK and Malta) until gas ceased to be produced in 1968.

Date: 29th Nov 19
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Speaker: Roy Clinton

Tour of Mario Finlayson Gallery, City Hall

The tour centres on the life and artistic achievements of four of Gibraltar’s best known artists, Gustavo Bacarisas , Leni Mifsud , Jacobo Azagury  and Mario Finlayson. The tour is to highlight how important our cultural heritage is, not only for us but for the future generations and how closely our Identity ties in with our historical past, and how these artists have been the building blocks for our present and future development.

Date: 6th Dec 19
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Speaker: Gibraltar Cultural Services

Registration required

The Development of the Gibraltar Picture Postcard

The picture postcard was a late Victorian invention, and its heyday was the twilight years of the 19th century and the Edwardian era.

The lecture will examine the background to the issue of the first postcards, which were the forerunners of the picture postcard. It will then focus on the development of the postcard in Gibraltar, and the explosion in the publication of cards after the Gibraltar Post Office legalised that they could be sent by post in November 1897 at a reduced postal rate. The lecture will consider some of the publishers of Gibraltar postcards, and the images that they chose for their cards in the early years.

Date: 13th Dec 19
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Speaker: Richard Garcia