Submarine history at Seaford
Special guest speakers were welcomed to Seaford College as it hosted its annual History Society talk and dinner.
The speakers were Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks, authors of a much lauded history of the Royal Submarine Service entitled The Silent Deep.
The authors have recently been awarded The Mountbatten Maritime Award and the Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature for The Silent Deep.
Lord Hennessy began the presentation with a brief sketch outlining the genesis of the project, explaining that due to the sensitive nature of the submarine service’s operations, there was, before their book, a sizeable gap in British naval history where submarines were.
This perhaps explains the special fascination that these craft and their operations have, not just for historians like himself but also many curious laymen.
James Gisby, head of history, said: “My vision for the evening was to inspire future historians with influential speakers who are experts in their fields. This talk follows closely on the heels of Seaford’s Gifted and Talented conference for local schools and Seaford staff, making a link between the skills we teach and foster at Seaford, manifested in an authoritative work. ”
The talk and dinner was supported by the Petworth Festival Literary Weekend. Festival manager Kate Wardle, and her colleagues attended the event.
Kate said: “Thank you very much indeed for a superb evening on Friday. We all enjoyed the talk and presentation enormously. Lord Hennessy and James were very knowledgeable people who could both speak eloquently and expertly on the subject, but from different points of view and with different emphasis. All the Festival team so enjoyed being guests at Seaford.”
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