Hampton Hall is through the main front door at the Marine Institute and to the left. All lectures start at 8 pm. Free parking is available in front and to the west of the building.

Lectures are held on the last Thursday of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Please contact the office for symposia venues.

24 Sep "A Beautiful Sight: Stories from the Port of St. John's" Allan Byrne
29 Oct

"Lives Lived: Person and Place in Newfoundland Biographical Writing." A Panel in partnership with the Dictionary of
Canadian Biography.

The Panelists:
Jeff Webb (Department of History) "Rethinking the Individual: Biographies of
Collaborative Circles"

and Vicki Hallett (Department of Gender Studies)  "Life Narrative, People, and Place: Why I Didn't Write a
Biography of a Newfoundland Poet."

Patrick Mannion, chair.

In partnership with the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Newfoundland Historical Society presents “Lives Lived: Person and Place in Newfoundland Biographical Writing”: a panel discussion on biography in Newfoundland and Labrador. Examining the past through the prism of the individual provides us with a unique perspective on our history and culture. Biography, though, is a tremendously varied sub-genre of historical writing, bringing together historians, literary scholars, folklorists, geographers, anthropologists, and others. How has biography contributed to our understanding of Newfoundland’s history? What are some of the key features that define biographical research? What sort of challenges does a focus on the individual present to the researcher, and how do interpretations of person and place contribute to our overall understanding of our past?


14 Nov

One Day symposium on WWI Gallipoli

This event takes place at:

Bruneau Centre for Innovation and Science, nnovaion Hall (IIC-2001) St. John's Campus,
Memorial University of Newfoundland Nov 14, 2015

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26 Nov

No lecture tonight. See you in January.







28 Jan "How things get forgotten: An example from Newfoundland. The 17th century Welsh colonizers." Cabot Martin
25 Feb "Cuffs, Vamps, Trigger Mitts and Drawers: The Knitted Heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador"

As in other spheres of culture, Newfoundland and Labrador has its own distinctive seat at the worldwide knitting table. Our saucy weather has always demanded warm clothes in all seasons. Some items made here today are rooted in European knitting traditions. Other curious inventions came straight from the clever minds of industrious Livyers who needed to keep warm while working. This talk and slideshow will fill you in on why and how we knit what we knit today.

Shirley Anne Scott, sometimes known as "Shirl the Purl" is a retired librarian who spends most of her waking hours knitting or thinking about knitting, and she has done so for more decades than you have fingers on your gloves. After writing Canada Knits: Craft and Comfort in a Northern Land in 1989 she became known as Canada's Knitting Historian, a title to which there have been remarkably few claimants. She has written patterns for The Rooms Grey Sock project, based on items in the provincial collection. Presently she is collaborating with Christine LeGrow on publishing Some Warm Mittens, a collection of printed instructions for our traditional mittens.

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Shirley Scott
31 Mar The West in the East: The Early Years of the Hudson’s Bay Company in Labrador

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Kurt Korneski
28 Apr
"Margaret Duley (1894-1968) as a critic of the Great War."

The writings of Margaret Duley, Newfoundland's first novelist and one with an international readership, can be read as romances but they also contain biting social critiques. The Great War prompted little overt criticism in Newfoundland. Duley's work stands as an exception. Historian, Dr. Margot Duley, will examine the familial, personal and historical context of her aunt's views on World War One.


Margot Duley