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Christmas Special - 'Hereward and other Fighters'

This coming Tuesday 29th December at 7:30pm UK time the WakeHereward Project proudly presents a Christmas Special online presentation on Hereward, delivered by well known Fenland Historian and Researcher Mike Petty. Mike kindly offered to appear as a guest presenter as replacement for David Maile when the scheduled 22nd December online event had to be cancelled due to illness. That will now take place early in the new year.

Mike Petty has been the most widely acknowledged authority on Cambridge and the fenland for over 50 years. As former Librarian of the Cambridgeshire Collection he has unique knowledge of Cambridgeshire and its history & is President of Cambridgeshire Association for Local History

He has received various awards including an MBE for services to Cambridgeshire history, an Honorary MA from Cambridge University & an Honorary Fellowship from Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall

In 1989 he received the national, prestigious T.C. Farries individual award for a co-ordinated programme of lectures, broadcasts and newspaper articles on Cambridgeshire topics. He has been a regular contributor to radio and television programmes on Cambridgeshire.

Mike has published numerous books, pamphlets & article and had a daily ‘Looking Back’ column and weekly ‘Memories’ page in the Cambridge News for 30 years. He has published thousands of pages of text and illustrations on his Internet Archive and Flickr site, including A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook 1897-1990 and Cambridge 1888-1988: a Chronicle.

His presentation on Hereward is titled 'Hereward and other Fighters' and analyses the numerous times that the Isle of Ely was used as a defensive stronghold in English history by different rebels, dissidents and military characters through the Medieval period and beyond, all of which helps put Hereward's defence against the forces of William the Conqueror into context.

Mike is a well regarded public speaker, known for bringing the history to life and this online event should not be missed by those of you with an interest in Hereward or the history of the Fens.

The evening will be hosted by Anthropologist, Archaeologist and Folklorist Maria Eugenia Peltzer, Professor in Chair of Intangible Cultural Heritage at the University of La Plata, Argentina.

You must be or become a member of the Hereward the Wake Facebook Group at where a link to the event will be posted 10 minutes before commencement of the presentation.

Event: 'Hereward and other Fighters' Online Presentation Presenter: Mike Petty Host: Maria Eugenia Peltzer (WakeHereward Project) Date: Tuesday 29th December 2020 Time: 7:30 pm UK time (19:30 hrs GMT).

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