Talks Archive

Programme 2010 - 2011

Katherine Swynford
by Alison Weir

Date: Tuesday 28 September 2010

Alison is a highly successful historical novelist and historian and will discuss her biography of Katherine, mistress of John of Gaunt

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Elizabethan Stained Glass at Montecute
by Peter Hill

Date: Tuesday 12 October 2010

Peter will discuss his recent research into the coats of arms, marriages and friends and neighbours of the Phelps family.

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HMS Trincomalee
by Richard Warren

Date: Tuesday 26 October 2010

Richard was actively involved throughout the transformation of HMS TRINCOMALEE from a hulk to an exhibit of international importance.

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Chaucer’s First Success: Being Tactful with the Duke
by Tom Shippey

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2010

Chaucer’s first poem we know of is a long elegy for Blanche, Duchess of Lancaster. Its content posed certain problems, which Chaucer neatly and revealingly solved, before going on to a profitable career as poet, civil servant, and royal secret agent.

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Benjamin Jesty
by Patrick Pead

Date: Tuesday 23 November 2010

The lecture will look at the life and achievements of Dorset's vaccination pioneer, Benjamin Jesty. He was the world's first vaccinator against Smallpox in 1774.

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The Victorian Music Hall and its stars
by Peter Street

Date: Tuesday 7 December 2010

An outline history of the emergence and development of the Music Hall in the 19th century, together with some of the stars and songs made famous at this time.

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A History of the Quakers in Industry, with special reference to the West Country
by Dr M. Atkinson

Date: Thursday 13 January 2011

The advantages and disadvantages of being a Quaker in an industrial context; it will include a scan of the national picture and then home in on Quaker industry in the South West.

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Kingston Lacy. An Undiscovered History
by David Smith

Date: Thursday 27 January 2011

The talk unveils the hidden archaeology and fascinating history of the Estate and its peoples over the many centuries from the Neolithic, through to its purchase by Sir John Bankes in 1635.

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The Greek Achievement
by Charles Freeman

Date: Thursday 10 February 2011

The achievements of the ancient Greeks form the cornerstone of modern Western civilisation.   The entire course of ancient Greek history is traced across thousands of years, celebrating the incredible range of Greek achievement.

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Coffee houses and Pleasure Gardens in the 18th century
by Geraldine Beare

Date: Thursday 24 February 2011

Coffee houses were a male preserve, whilst pleasure gardens were open to all and provided entertainment as diverse as classical concerts, tight-rope-walking, dancing and dining as well as the more dubious delights of dalliance and prostitution

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Christopher Wren
by Adrian Tinniswood

Date: Thursday 10 March 2011

Adrian Tinniswood shows us the man behind the legend and makes it clear just why Wren remains a cultural icon both as a creation and a creator of the world he lived in.

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