Shrewsbury School

The Bastille Society welcomes back its Founding Fathers

Monday 21 January 2019

On Friday 18th January, the Bastille Society had the great pleasure of welcoming its Founders, Michael Hart and Laurence Le Quesne, both of whom have recently celebrated their 90th birthdays.

L-R: Laurence Le Quesne, Dr David Gee, Ebrahim Jamshid, Libby Hedges, Michael Hart, Robin Brooke-Smith (School Archivist & Taylor Librarian)

They travelled back to their old stamping-ground to share a thought-provoking lecture under the title of 'Living Through War: Nazi Opposition and the Turning Points of 1941’.

The two former Shrewsbury School Heads of History provided eye-opening thinking points from throughout the Second World War, maintaining a focus on keeping perspective when looking at history, moving away from our Eurocentric vantage point.

The stripped-back, highly engaging lecture approach featuring some audience participation was a pleasure for all, and we are extremely grateful to both renowned historians for travelling up to Shrewsbury. It was also a great moment for Ebrahim Jamshid and I, as Co-Presidents of the Bastille Society, to be joined by so many former Bastille Society members, including those who had mentored the likes of Richard Ingram and Willie Rushton, sharing honest thoughts of the ‘what ifs’ of the 1940s.

Libby Hedges (G UVI)

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