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Speakers for 2021-2022

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings are now being held using the video conferencing App "Zoom". Members are informed how to join each meeting.

The meetings listed below will all be by video conferencing until futher notice. Meetings start at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday 14 July 2021
Mediaeval Servants
James Wright
Using archaeological evidence gleaned from historic building surveys, contemporary literature, artistic representations, and architectural history this talk presents the story of the cooks, clerks, servants, stable-hands and lower status visitors to great castles. Instead of studying towers, gatehouses and great halls here we delve into the kitchens, stables, staircases, cellars and garderobes to uncover evidence of the mediaeval household.

Wednesday 11th August 2021
Members Picnic
Water Meadows on Wednesday 11th August 2021 from 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday 8th September 2021
The Adventures of Prince Rupert
Chris Rowe
From nearly being left behind at Prague Castle when he was a baby and his parents (the Winter King & Queen) escaped to Holland, to being a founder member in his later years of the Royal Society. In between he was a privateer, Civil War combatant (probably his most well-known claim to fame), artist and scientist. An amazing man. As well as being possibly the best -looking man Chris has ever seen!

Wednesday 13th October 2021
The Life and Legacy of George Bradshaw
Dr David Turner
In his BBC series, Great British Railway Journeys, Bradshaw’s Railway Companion has been Michael Portillo’s trusted guide as he travels describing how its industry, people and places have changed since the 1860s. But how much do we know about the man allegedly behind the Companion, George Bradshaw? In this talk, Dr David Turner will explore the life of this famous engraver, map-maker and timetable publisher, from his first failed steps in business, through to his political and social life, and most importantly his role in a creation of an icon of the Victorian railway network – the Bradshaw’s Railway Guide. Journeys will be questioned.

Wednesday 10th Novembe 2021
Northamptonshire Suffragettes
John Buckell
Discover the women, and men, who supported the women's suffrage campaign in Northamptonshire, and the local places associated with them.

Wednesday 8th December 2021
Dickens and The Creation of a Christmas Carol
Steve Dimmer
When Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" in 1843, the season was not the joyous celebration we know today. This talk examines how the classic story was written and how it influenced the Victorians and later generations to embrace Christmas as the most important celebration of the year.

Wednesday 12th January 2022
My 30 year career with the Northamptonshire Police Force
Andy Tennet
This presentation follows Andy’s service from a joining as a young Constable in 1983 through to his retirement as a Detective Chief Inspector in 2013. The presentation covers many of the highlights of his career (as well as few low points) and focuses on some of the more challenging investigations he led as a Detective Inspector for the Force and his years spent on the Homicide and Major Crime Team.

Wednesday 9th February 2022
Medieval Homes of Rutland and East Leicestershire
Nick Hill of Historic England
Nick Hill from Historic England will describe how buildings in medieval times were used by their occupants.

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