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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.

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Dates for the diary
Gibraltar History Lecture Series 5

Dates Topic Speaker
26th Oct 18 Medieval History of Gibraltar Dr Geraldine Finlayson
2nd Nov 18 Agustin Huart and the workers union Damian Conroy
9th Nov 18 The Development of English in Gibraltar: A Historical Perspective Dr George Garcia
23rd Nov 18 Writing Gibraltar: a personal history M. G. Sanchez
30th Nov 18 Families, Genetics & Evolution Dr Darren Fa

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History Lecture Series 4

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Excellent Lectures

"Excellent Lectures. Well put together. Very Informative."

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"Excellent Lectures. Well put together. Very Informative."

Informative and Clarity

"The final lecture of Joseph Garcia was very informative and delivered with clarity and professionalism. A willingness to deliver direct questions with straight answers is good to see from a politician."

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2018-07-23T10:36:28+00:00
"The final lecture of Joseph Garcia was very informative and delivered with clarity and professionalism. A willingness to deliver direct questions with straight answers is good to see from a politician."

Came away enriched

"These public lectures are an invaluable resource for residents and visitors to Gibraltar alike. Anyone with an interest in Gibraltar's history - long past or more present - will come away enriched."

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2018-07-23T10:35:49+00:00
"These public lectures are an invaluable resource for residents and visitors to Gibraltar alike. Anyone with an interest in Gibraltar's history - long past or more present - will come away enriched."

Enjoyed the Experience and Knowledge

"The lectures have all provided an insight into many aspects of Gibraltar’s history, which we otherwise would not know about. I have enjoyed the experience and knowledge."

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2018-07-23T10:36:59+00:00
"The lectures have all provided an insight into many aspects of Gibraltar’s history, which we otherwise would not know about. I have enjoyed the experience and knowledge."

Highlight of my Week

"Highlight of the week is Friday morning lectures at the University. Staff are so friendly & welcoming. High calibre of speakers."

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2018-07-23T10:45:57+00:00
"Highlight of the week is Friday morning lectures at the University. Staff are so friendly & welcoming. High calibre of speakers."

Source of information

"Always a superb source of information"

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2018-07-23T10:44:08+00:00
"Always a superb source of information"

First Class

"Well organised, Well Attended, Very professional, 1st Class"

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"Well organised, Well Attended, Very professional, 1st Class"
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Past History Lecture Series

History Lecture Series 4

Series 4 promised to be as interesting and diverse as always, with topics covered including the changing face of Gibraltar, the 1969 border closure and our relationship with the European Union.

Programme

Lecture Speaker
The Goatherd’s Path a 300 year old mystery; Lost in history and translation?  Hon Roy Clinton MP 
Nature or Nurture? Why history is important’  Dr Darren Fa 
The Looming Border: The Prolonged Process Underpinning  the 1969 Closure of the Border Between Gibraltar and Spain Dr Jennifer Ballantine 
The History of the Water Catchments Manuel Perez 
Yanito Heritage  Manolo Galliano 
The Construction of the Harbour and the Dockyard  Tito Benady 
The Changing Face of Gibraltar in the Twentieth Century Richard Garcia
Horse Racing in the area of the Airfield Tito Vallejo 
The History of the Gibraltar Fire Service Jason Mesilio 
Gibraltar and the European Union – IN and OUT 1973 – 2019 Hon Joseph Garcia MP 

History Lecture Series 3

Series 3 of lectures has been popular within the local community and has included talks on Gibraltar’s underwater heritage, the roots of the llanito dialect and the 50th anniversary of the referendum. We would like to thank all of our guest speakers for their time and insightful lectures and to all those who attended.

Programme

Lecture Speaker
The 50th Anniversary of the Referendum Anthony Pitaluga
The Franciscan Monastery of Gibraltar Manolo Galliano
The Roots of the Llanito Dialect and Development Over Time Dale Buttigieg
The Ambivalence of the Spanish attitude towards Gibraltar in the years immediately following the Great Siege of 1779-1783 Richard Garcia
The Impact of Gibraltar’s Evolving Environmental Strategy Dr Liesl Torres
Gibraltar’s Underwater Heritage Dr Darren Fa
Victorian Foundation of Gibraltar’s Essential Infrastructure Manuel Perez
Building Development in Gibraltar, A Historic Perspective Post WW2 Dr Keith Farrell
Health, Plagues and Epidemics in Gibraltar from the Spanish period to present day  Dr Sam Benady
The Economic Growth of the last 30 years The Hon Mr Joseph Bossano MP
Wildlife Conservation and Bio-diversity in Gibraltar over the last 20 years The Hon Prof John Cortes

History Lecture Series 2

Due to the overwhelming success of the Gibraltar History Lecture Series which was held during the summer months, the University of Gibraltar was delighted to host a second series.  

The first lecture commenced on Friday 20th January at 10 am, where the University warmly welcomed our inaugural speaker Mr Victor Hermida who gave his first talk on the Northern Defences.

Programme

Lecture Speaker
Northern Defences Victor Hermida
Treaty of Utrecht Richard Garcia
University of Gibraltar Site and Europa Point Richard Garcia
 The Evacuation Tito Vallejo
Operation Felix Tito Vallejo
The Great Siege   Dr Darren Fa
Gibraltar’s Political Development The Rt Hon Dr Joseph Garcia MP
Painting The Great Siege Tom Smith
 Stay-Behind  Pete Jackson
Gorham’s Cave System Prof Clive Finlayson

History Lecture Series 1

Our first programme on the Gibraltar History Lecture Series  was launched in July all throughout the summer months as a weekly event.  Delivered every Friday from 10 am to 11 am at our Conference Hall in  Campus, the audience enjoyed talks by Tito Vallejo, Dr Darren Fa, Richard Garcia, Dr Kevin Lane, taking us back to Neanderthal man, medieval times, 1700’s, and the world war.

Programme

Lecture Speaker
Olterra-Trojan Horse  Tito Vallejo
The Deutschland Affair   Tito Vallejo
Tunnels of Gibraltar Tito Vallejo
Operation Torch  Tito Vallejo
Jose Louis Diez Tito Vallejo
The Bedenham Explosion (27/4/52)  Tito Vallejo 
The Spaniards who stayed behind in Gibraltar in August 1704 Richard Garcia
Dicesease in Spanish Medieval Gibraltar: Results of excavations at the old St Bernard’s hospital site Kevin Lane
Phoenicians at Gibraltar  Clive Finlayson
The Political development of Gibraltar in the 20th century  Dennis Beiso