Dr Brian Lacey explores Derry and Londonderry through all the periods from the Ice Age to the 1980s.
The Siege is an obvious jumping off point for any reflection on the city's past although, with fairly continuous documentation since the mid-sixth century, Derry has many other historical strings to its bow.
Dr Lacey was centrally involved in organising the programme of events designed to mark the 300th anniversary of the Siege, in 1989. He was obviously aware of the anniversary's importance for the Protestant community but he also recognised the importance of the whole city embracing such a significant event and its contemporary memorialisation. The social make-up of the city during the Siege and on each of its three subsequent centenaries will be reflected on, along with an exploration on how Dr Lacey came to have a role in examining and celebrating the city's past.