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November 18, 2021

Dan Snow OP (1992-97) presents History Hit LIVE from St Paul’s

Last night, we were delighted to welcome back Dan Snow OP (1992-97) to present an episode of History Hit LIVE from St Paul’s.

The evening was a hybrid event, with guests in attendance in the Montgomery Room and an audience joining live via Zoom. The episode was focused on Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery OP (1902-05) and D-Day. Dan spoke about Montgomery’s time at St Paul’s, using information collated by the School Archivist, Ginny Dawe-Woodings, and his roles in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the planning of D-Day conducted from Monty’s headquarters at St Paul’s (the former school site in West Kensington). Guests were able to observe the map that was used in the planning of Operation Overlord.

In the course of the evening, Dan also revealed that the first programme he made for the BBC was about Montgomery. As noted by Dr Beesley in his closing remarks at the event, Dan’s role in making history accessible and interesting to all audiences was demonstrated in his presentation last night, the presentation was equal parts informative, interesting and amusing, and was followed by a question and answer session which stimulated questions from audience members of all ages, all answered with enthusiasm by Dan Snow.

A display of materials held by the school archives was displayed before and after the event for guests to enjoy. Our thanks go to the Library and Archives Team at St Paul’s and particularly to Ginny Dawe-Woodings for their work in presenting this event, and to Rachael Kirkham’s Events and Engagement Team.

You can watch a recording of the event here.

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