Talks

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The Society arranges two talks per month from October to April.

The programme is always varied and we try to include
something of interest for everyone.

All talks are on Tuesdays
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Entrance is £2 for members, £4.00 non-members
visitors are very welcome.

VENUE TO BE ANNOUNCED HERE IN DUE COURSE.

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TALKS PROGRAMME 2021-2022

 

2021

 

12th October

ANDREW ASHTON:    The Festival of Britain     

‘A Tonic to the Nation’. 100 years after the Great Exhibition,

this 1951 event was intended to lift the spirits of a war weary country.

 

26th October

Dr. JULIETTE PATTINSON:    The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry    

Aristocratic Amazons in Arms’
The first for women in so many ways…the first to wear military uniform,

the first to go on overseas active service etc. etc. 

                                                                                                 

9th November

MELANIE GIBSON-BARTON:     Eva Braun

Victim or Contriver

 

23rd November

Dr. BEN MARSH:    Loyalists

Fighting on the wrong side of the American Revolution

 

2022

 

11th January

RICHARD HOLME:   Kent’s Lost Naval Dockyards

Sheerness, Chatham, Deptford and Woolwich.

Their history and closure and the conservation issues

of their remaining buildings.

 

25th January

Dr. MARC MORRIS:    1066…Why did it really matter?

Do we believe everything we’ve been told about 1066?

There’s no better historian to put you right than Marc Morris.

 

8th February

CELIA HERITAGE:  

How far did your Ancestors travel before the Railways.

Who were those that travelled within the UK before the 1830’s?

How and why did they travel?

 

22nd February

BRIAN LAVERICK-SMITH:     The Lady and the Mountain

The speaker describes his attempts to climb The Matterhorn

and the story of the courageous young lady he met in the process 

 

8th March

WENDY FRASER:        Secrets Beneath Sienna

Exploring an outstanding example of medieval engineering…t

he 25km of subterranean aqueducts which solved the problem

of the lack of fresh water which threatened Siena.

 

22nd March

WILF LOWER:    Behind the scenes of TV’s Golden Years

Morecambe & Wise, The Two Ronnies, Till Death Do Us part

The Forsyte Saga etc. etc. These were truly TV’s Golden Years…

but how were these programmes made?

Never has ‘you wouldn’t believe it’ been more appropriate.

                                                                                                 

12th April

IMOGEN CORRIGAN:  The Master Masons

The Men who built the Cathedrals; who designed the buildings,

ran the site, sourced the materials and the workers.

Charismatic leaders who really did create heaven on earth

 

26th April

VINCE WILLIAMS :   Fictional Folkestone & Hythe

This talk looks at authors who have written about this area

How they described events and buildings long since gone.

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