Dr. James Ryan, Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography at Exeter University will examine the life and wide-ranging thinking of the polymath Robert Hunt, first full-time secretary at The Poly, and his early experiments with what later became photography.
The Battle of Jutland was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the First World War. For years the myriad factors contributing to the loss of many of the ships remained a mystery, subject only to speculation and theory. Marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that vanished on the night of 31st May 1916, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known in 1916 to what the archaeology is revealing today. (more…)