A video recording of this event is available here.

The story of how philanthropy helped raise Newcastle University from a college of Durham University to an independent, world-leading institution, nowadays admired for the excellence of its teaching and research, has never before been fully told. In this lecture, Professor Helen Berry, Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the university, fills many of the gaps in our knowledge, exploding old myths and celebrating the individuals whose energy, generosity and foresight have really made a difference to the success of the institution.

Helen Berry is a highly accomplished speaker with an enviable knack of bringing her subjects to life. She has made several appearances on television and delivered many lectures at prestigious local and national events. Her talk will be illustrated throughout by fascinating images of people, places and things. It will appeal to supporters of the university, its staff and students past and present, and others with an interest in the history of Newcastle and the North East.

The lecture will last between 40 minutes and one hour with a 20-minute opportunity for Q&A at the end. A wine reception will be served at the end.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Finish: 8:30 pm

Photo credit: Newcastle University