Two memorial addresses take place each year.
Henry Tudor Memorial Address
Henry Tudor (1937-1997) was a lecturer at Durham University for 34 years. He died at the age of 60 before he retired. One of his obituaries calls him a ‘celebrity lecturer’. The claim is that he became a celebrity after he helped rescue from closure a workingmen’s club in one of the neighbouring villages. Henry took a legal qualification in order to fight this, eventually successful, battle, and this spread his fame beyond the university. Henry was always a celebrity in the Politics Department. Colleagues remember him for his conviviality, dedication to the department and dry sense of humour. He specialised in the history of political thought and wrote a well-received monograph Political Myth (1972). He also edited Marxism and Social democracy; The Revisionist debate 1896-1898. He was the editor of Bernstein’s The Preconditions of Socialism for the series Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought.
Alan Milne Memorial Address
Alan Milne (1922 – 1998) was a Professor in political theory who worked in the Politics Department of Durham University for 11 years between 1976 and 1987. His books included The Social Philosophy of English Idealism (1962), Freedom and Rights (1968), The Right to Dissent (1983), Human Rights and Human Diversity (1986) and The Ethical Frontiers of the State (1997). Alan’s fate was rather unusual. He fought in the Second World War and lost his eyesight in a battle. Subsequently to that, he studied at Oxford and LSE and went on to have an outstanding academic career as a lecturer at the Queen’s University Belfast and a Professor at Durham.