Renowned British historian to visit Shippensburg University March 27

Adrian Tinniswood OBE, distinguished British social historian, writer and lecturer, will give a talk based on his book, The Rainborowes: One Family’s Quest to Build a New England, at 7 p.m. March 27 in Old Main Chapel.

tinniswoodThe program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the university’s English and history departments, and the Central Pennsylvania Branch of the English-Speaking Union. A book signing will follow the presentation.

In his book, Tinniswood recreates day-to-day life on both sides of the Atlantic during the Rainborowes’ family heyday from 1630 to 1660, showing the new culture that evolved in the differences between their historic homeland of England and the wilderness of distant Massachusetts.

Tinniswood studied English and philosophy at the University of Southampton and received his master’s degree in philosophy from Leicester University. He has served as editor, author and educational consultant for Britain’s National Trust, an organization that protects and maintains historic sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. While there he took up the task of researching and writing the history of Sudbury Hall, a historic site and museum in Derbyshire. For his services to the nation, he was recently made a member of the Order of the British Empire.

An established author, Tinniswood has written 11 books including: The Polite Tourist, His Invention So Fertile: The Life of Christopher Wren, By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London, and The Verneys: A True Story of Love, and War and Madness in 17th-Century England.