Is a genius born or made? Where did the idea of 'the artist' originate? What is the impact of the Cold War on British culture? What was the experience of war actually like?

From world history to art, culture and science, our all-year round talks programme offers you the opportunity to engage with world-renowned specialists and researchers, who are providing new insight and perspectives into contemporary culture, society and history.

In response to the UK government's guidance regarding Covid-19, the remainder of our summer 2020 programme is cancelled. Whilst we continue to monitor the situation, we are now scheduling for our autumn programme, with the enjoyment, safety and wellbeing of our audience at the forefront of our planning. 

The Historical Association

The Historical Association is a national charity supporting the study and enjoyment of history. The Plymouth branch has linked up with the history department of the University to deliver a joint programme of talks within The Arts Institute public programme.

Across the season a number of invited guests give insightful talks to audiences who share an interest in the past and of history in all forms.

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