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The Robert Winston Lectures: Inspiring Minds ​​​​​​​

Since the inception of the Robert Winston Lectures in 2017, we have been honoured to welcome an array of prestigious thinkers and inspirational leaders to Doncaster. Covering topics from Space to Philosophy, Climate Change and Adventure to Law and overcoming adversity.

Our vision is to captivate minds, be they pupils, parents or just those with a love of learning. That is why we are delighted to be able to open these talks up to everybody, for free. They are an opportunity to actively engage with experts and learn from their experience.




We would love you to join us for these talks, phone Hill House School on 01302 776300 to book your FREE place.  

Be inspired and join the conversation.


In Black and White

Tuesday 28 September, 5:30pm - VIRTUAL EVENT

Alexandra Wilson is a young barrister, author and campaigner. She is dynamic, articulate and driven.

She first came into the public eye when she was mistaken for a defendant three times on the same day in court. She has made it her mission to challenge discrimination in the courtroom. Alexandra has been interviewed on BBC News, ITV news, Good Morning Britain and Women’s Hour, and has also been profiled in The New York Times and the Independent.

After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Alexandra studied for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and her Master of Laws at BPP University of London.

Alexandra’s widely praised debut book In Black and White: A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System, sets out her journey from Essex to the Bar, and portrays a justice system in which a disproportionately large number of Black people are charged, convicted and sent to prison. Alexandra re-creates the tense courtroom scenes, the heart-breaking meetings with teenage clients, and the moments of frustration and triumph that make up a young barrister's life. 

As a junior criminal and family law barrister, Alexandra finds herself navigating a world and a set of rules designed by a privileged few. She shows us how it feels to defend someone who hates the colour of your skin, or someone you suspect is guilty. We see what it is like for children coerced into county line drug deals and the damage that can be caused when we criminalise teenagers. 

Alexandra's account of what she has witnessed as a young mixed-race barrister is in equal parts shocking, compelling, confounding and powerful.  

To register for this event please CLICK HERE.

Fabrice MUAMBA

The Power of Resilience

Tuesday 12 October, 5:30pm

Fabrice Muamba is a retired footballer who previously played for Arsenal, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers and England Under-21s.

Muamba’s story is inspirational without even mentioning his recovery from a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup quarter-final in 2012. Having been born in Zaire in 1988, he arrived his father in England, aged 11, to join his father who had fled to the country as a political refugee five years earlier.

Fabrice spoke no English when he arrived, making friends at school through playing football, but went on to gain A-levels as well as excelling at the sport he loved.

Fabrice played internationally for England at every youth-level. He captained England's Under-19s and went on to make 33 appearances for England's Under-21s.

In March 2012 he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch while playing against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup. Despite his heart stopping for 78 minutes, he went on to make a remarkable recovery, and was discharged from hospital just over a month later.

Unable to play football again, Fabrice has paved a career in the media and graduating from Staffordshire University in 2015 with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism. He has worked as a pundit for BBC, Sky, ITV and talkSPORT and has completed his UEFA A license. He is now working with various football organisations such as the PFA as a liaison between players and governing bodies and the Premier League as part of the VAR assessment team.

Fabrice is dedicated to raising awareness of heart conditions and treatment and is an ambassador for the Arrhythmia Alliance's Hearts and Goals campaign, which aims to place more defibrillators in public places to ensure other people may survive sudden cardiac arrest.

Greg Jenner

Horrible Histories & Dead Famous

Tuesday 16 November, 5:30pm

Greg Jenner has been the Historical Consultant to the BBC TV series Horrible Histories for over a decade and is solely responsible for the factual accuracy of over 2,000 sketches and 140+ songs. He is a cheerful and entertaining speaker who keeps children captivated with stories from the multi-award-winning children’s comedy series.

Greg is an accomplished author in his own right. His latest book Dead Famous is described as an ambitious history that spans the Bronze Age to the coming of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Jenner assembles a vibrant cast of over 125 actors, singers, dancers, sportspeople, freaks, demigods, ruffians, and more, in search of celebrity’s historical roots. 

With a witty angle, Greg will share his thoughts on why celebrity burst into life in the early eighteenth century, how it differs to ancient ideas of fame, the techniques through which it was acquired, how it was maintained, the effect it had on public tastes, and the psychological burden stardom could place on those in the glaring limelight. Greg delivers all this with a funny and fascinating angle that explores both a bygone age and how we came to inhabit our modern, fame obsessed society.

Greg Jenner is a British public historian with a particular interest in communicating history through pop culture. He is also a broadcaster, blogger and is the host of the chart-topping comedy BBC podcast You’re Dead To Me, and presenter of the BBC’s history podcast for children Homeschool History. In 2018 Greg was made an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London. He also does some occasional teaching at the University of York.

Greg has kindly agreed to sign copies of his book after the talk.  Books will be available to purchase from Hill House School.            



The Courage to Care: A Call to Compassion

Tuesday 7 December, 5:30pm
Christie Watson is an award-winning bestselling writer. She was a registered paediatric nurse for twenty years. Spending most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation officer.

Her first non-fiction book, The Language of kindness, was published in 2018 and was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and Waverton Good Read Award, and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, also achieved international critical acclaim.

Her latest book, The Courage to Care, reveals the remarkable extent of nurses' work. We benefit from their expertise in our hospitals and beyond: in our schools, on our streets, in prisons, hospices and care homes. When we feel most alone, nurses remind us that we are not alone at all. Christie discovers that, time and again, it is patients and their families - including her own - who show exceptional strength in the most challenging times. We are all deserving of compassion, and as we share in each other's suffering, Christie shows us how we can find courage too. The courage to care.

Christie holds an honorary Doctor of Letters for her contribution to nursing and the arts, and is Patron of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. She is Professor of Medical and Health Humanities at the University of East Anglia.


Amanda OWEN

Tales from the Farm

Thursday 27 January, 5:30pm 

Amanda Owen is a shepherdess, mother to nine children, a passionate photographer and a Sunday Times bestselling author. Seen by
millions on Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm and ITV’s The Dales, Amanda and her husband Clive live a life that has almost gone in today’s modern world, one ruled by the seasons and their animals.

Amanda’s first book The Yorkshire Shepherdess, offered an honest, inspiring account of her transformation from Huddersfield townie to rural sheep farmer. The paperback of her second book A Year in The Life Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess, headed straight to no.2 in the Sunday Times charts, spending 5 weeks in the top 10. Amanda’s third book, Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess, reached the no.4 spot in the Sunday Times Bestsellers chart. Amanda’s fourth book, Tales from The Farm, is a collection of Amanda’s regular monthly columns as featured in the Dalesman.

Amanda and her family regularly appear on Channel 5 in their very own documentary series, Our Yorkshire Farm, which returned for a third series in July 2020, with over 3.7 million viewers tuning in for the final episode, making it Channel 5’s highest rating show of the past five years. Twenty more episodes of Our Yorkshire Farm
were announced in March 2021, with a new series set to air in the spring.

Other appearances include co-presenting ITV’s Summer On The Farm with Alan Titchmarsh and Angellica Bell, The Yorkshire Shepherdess Family Feast strand on This Morning, New Lives In The Wild on Channel 5, as a roving reporter on Springtime on the Farm and This Week On The Farm, as well as a regular guest on ITV’s Countrywise. Amanda has also taken part in BBC’s Masterchef as a guest judge and as a panellist on Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity.

Kerry Daynes

What Lies Buried

Tuesday 8 March, 5:30pm


Kerry Daynes is a forensic psychologist with over twenty years’ experience of working in prisons, secure hospitals, courts and police stations.

Kerry has worked as a psychologist in some of the country’s maximum security prisons and medium secure hospitals, forging a reputation as a knowledgeable practitioner with the ability to engage with, and successfully treat, the most
complex clients.

In 2002 Kerry set up her own successful practice and was invited to assist in major police investigations and as a trusted advisor to the government on the safe management of high- risk individuals. She is a passionate advocate for better conversations around mental health and wellbeing.

Thanks to her expertise, she has published numerous articles for national press, and also provides regular commentary for international television networks, including The History Channel, Discovery, CBS Reality and BBC International.

In her new book, What Lies Buried, Kerry opens up the case files of some of her most perplexing clients to uncover what lies buried behind some of the most extreme and disturbing behaviour.

Whether she is dealing with a young murderer who says he has heard voices telling him to kill, a teacher who daubs children in red paint and threatens to abduct them, or an aspiring serial killer who faints at the sight of blood, Kerry’s quest is to delve beyond the classic question asked of her profession: ‘Are they mad or are they bad?’ Kerry provides an unflinching, enlightening and provocative insight into the minds of her clients, shedding light on the root causes of their behaviour and challenging our notions about who and what, is dangerous.



The Devil You Know

Tuesday 26 April, 5:30pm

Gwen Adshead qualified in medicine in 1983 and was elected member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1987 before being made a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005. She has a Masters’ Degree in medical Law & Ethics; is a qualified member of the Institute of Group Analysis; and holds a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness based Cognitive therapy. She has over 20 years practice in the NHS and has contributed to the work of the Royal College of
Psychiatrists as chair of their Ethics Committee; and she has also contributed to Department of Health policy in relation to abnormal maternal illness behaviour.

In addition to being a practising clinician, Professor Adshead has authored over 100 academic papers in books and journals. Gwen has carried out research and been a visiting professor at Yale and Gresham College.

In this talk, Dr Gwen Adshead will describe her work as a therapist with violence perpetrators over the last thirty years. She has worked in prisons and secure psychiatric services, and in this talk she invites the audience to come
and see what happens after the judges have sentenced and the prison doors have shut. She will discuss what changing your mind for the better looks like; and what she has learned about trauma and resilience.