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Keith Hay History Dinner

Keith Hay History Dinner
Karen Smith

The History Department hosted the third annual Keith Hay Dinner on 25th March, once again in splendid style in the Long Gallery and Old Library.  Named after a member of staff who gave over 40 years’ service to Canford’s History department, this was another wonderful celebration of all things historical.  History is a popular A Level subject, and this year sixty pupils from among the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth A-level cohort attended, together with twelve History staff and invited guests from other departments.


The evening began with ‘The Great Historical Debate’, in which three Lower Sixth Historians debated who was the most influential leader of the twentieth century.  Katy Jack was judged the winner, with her spirited advocacy of Kaiser Wilhelm II, though Sophie Alcock on Margaret Thatcher, and Finn Baker on Lenin also gave a very good account of themselves.


This was followed by dinner in the Old Library, which provided a wonderful and fitting venue for a fine meal and good conversation, but also a celebration of all things historical, in the form of several quizzes devised by the organising committee.


Mark Rathbone, Head of History, commented:


“The Keith Hay Dinner, with its namesake once again the guest of honour, was another memorable evening in celebration of History for all those with a love of the subject.   In the current political turmoil, one could argue it has never been more important for Westminster to consider the successes and pitfalls of the past as those in power attempt to shape a stable future for our country.  Thank you to everyone involved in making this such an enjoyable evening.”


For more information about History at Canford, please visit the History department page.


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