10.00 am to 12.00 noon.
Lectures on 1st Tuesday of each month are by Zoom.
Lectures on 3rd Tuesday are live at the Olney Centre and also available via Zoom. There will be a break mid-way through the lectures but, unfortunately, no refreshments.

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4th January

“Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: Hollywood’s Most Glamorous Studio.”
Dr Colin Shindler, author, broadcaster, Affiliated Lecturer in History at Cambridge University, Bafta award winning television writer and producer.  Author of books on British and American social history, writer and presenter of documentaries for BBC TV, has written plays for BBC Radio Four.  Zoom

18th January

Ray and Jenny Rowlson, professional photographers, travellers worldwide.  Popular and regular local speakers.  Olney Centre and Zoom

1st February

“Egyptian pyramid building: a bit of history and not a lot of mysteries.”
Complexity of the social organisation illustrated by the impressive size of the pyramids.
Professor Piers Bursill-Hall, educated in France, America, Canada, and England, he has spent most of his academic life in the Department of Pure Mathematics at Cambridge.  Zoom

15th February

“The Wollaston landscape: from Roman vineyards to a high-status Anglian warrior burial.”
Rob Atkins, MOLA archaeologist, senior project manager.  Olney Centre and Zoom

1st March

“A Beginners Guide to Castles.”
Dr James Wright, field and buildings archaeologist and conservation stonemason.  Changes in castle design from late Saxon to mid-sixteenth Century and the various issues surrounding them.  Zoom

15th March

“The River Nene water shed in the late Roman and post Roman period.”
Stephen Young, Northamptonshire archaeologist, director of CLASP.  Former lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Northampton.  Olney Centre and Zoom

5th April

“Creation of the Barbarians.”
Dr Stephen Kershaw, Classics teacher at Oxford University, Department for Continuing Education, lectures on several cruise lines and cultural tours, Professor of History of Art at Rhodes College and University of the South, USA, lecturer for the Arts Society, author and musician.  Zoom

19th April

“The Turkish Question: Crimea to Gallipoli.”
Lt Col Roger Laing, retired army officer, MOD, cruise ship lecturer, regular OAS speaker.  Olney Centre and Zoom

3rd May

“Excavating the Origins of English Ale: the Anglo-Saxon Malting Complex at Sedgeford in Norfolk.”
Dr Neil Faulkner, founder of the Sedgeford project, archaeologist and historian, specialist in Roman and Anglo Saxon periods, has worked worldwide.  Zoom

17th May

“A Different Kind of Digging – Archaeological Excavations at Stowe Landscape Gardens 2017 to 2022.”
Stephen Wass, operating as Polyolbion Archaeology, he has worked on many National Trust property sites.  Olney Centre and Zoom


The membership fee for the 10 meetings is £25 and entitles members to both the Zoom lectures and meetings in the Olney Centre.  Anyone intending to attend only the 5 talks in person can pay £3 at each event, at the door. Members are advised to check frequently on our website in case regulations change.

Before 10th December, please contact Ann Burrows on jacksonburrows@googlemail.com for payment details, if you are not already aware of them, and inform her when you have paid the subscription.

From 10th December, contact Dave Stringfellow at davidcstringfellow.gmail.com.

Anyone attending only those lectures at the Olney Centre does not need to apply in advance but just turn up on the day.

Please note that with our large number of members we are not able to
accept applications for individual Zoom lectures.

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