History of the British Prime Minister: Walpole, Churchill, Thatcher, and More with Nick Salmond

History of the British Prime Minister: Walpole, Churchill, Thatcher, and More with Nick Salmond


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To mark 300 years of the British Prime Minister we will look at the origins of the role, how it differs from the role of the Monarch, and discuss a curated collection of some of the 55 individuals who have led the country since 1721.

We’ll begin by learning how the role of the British Prime Minister is one that was never created. It is a role that evolved gradually, with the powers of the executive office, once the sole prerogative of the Monarch, gradually transferred to an elected official.

The first British Prime Minister is generally held to be Sir Robert Walpole, who took office in April 1721. In this seminar, we look at the events at the start of the eighteenth century which led to Walpole's rise as the countries first and longest-serving Prime Minister. We will discuss the man himself and learn more about his relationship with King George I and King George II. We will highlight some of the 54 people to follow him including William Pitt, at 24 the youngest Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, the only Prime Minister to be assassinated, and Benjamin Disraeli, the only Prime Minister of Jewish Heritage.

Led by a qualified Blue Badge guide and expert on London, Nick Salmond, this interactive seminar will enhance participants’ understanding of the British Political system. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how the United Kingdom developed from being an Absolute Monarchy to the present democratic system as a Constitutional monarchy.

After graduating from the University of Bristol, Nick Salmond joined the BBC in 1988 where he worked for over thirty years in both Radio and Television, covering stories from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the death of Princess Diana to 9/11 and the COVID pandemic. Additionally, he covered numerous political stories from the departure of Margaret Thatcher to the election of Boris Johnson. In 2019 Nick switched courses and qualified top of his class as a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. The two-year course is one of the highest recognised tourism qualifications in the world. He was awarded the Katrine Prince award as Guide of the Year.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Truly very interesting! Nick did an amazing job! I am so glad I joined this lecture :)

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Educational and incredibly interesting!

Suffice to say I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed this seminar. Nick is an excellent lecturer!

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Nick made great use of visual aids in his excellent talk. It was an educational and enjoyable session.

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Nick Salmond's History of the British Prime Minister

Truly very interesting! Nick did an amazing job! I am so glad I joined this lecture :)

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N.
Educational and incredibly interesting!

Suffice to say I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed this seminar. Nick is an excellent lecturer!

J
J.

Nick made great use of visual aids in his excellent talk. It was an educational and enjoyable session.