Lectures & Speakers 2017 – 2018

Our lecture season runs from October to April, with lectures being held in the Anna McDowell Garden Room at Gold Hill Museum on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month. The exception is the Teulon Porter Memorial Lecture, which starts the season and is held in the evening at Shaftesbury Town Hall. Noel Teulon Porter was a notable Cambridge archaeologist and instrumental in founding The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society in 1946.

The 2017 Teulon Porter Lecturer was Professor Barbara Yorke, Professor Emerita of Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester. Her subject at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday 03 October was King Alfred: Man and Myth. 

Lectures are free to members, while visitors may pay £3 at the door (£5 for the Teulon Porter). To reserve a seat, non-members are advised to contact enquiries@goldhillmuseum.org.uk

Proposals for lectures to the Society on suitable historical subjects are welcome, and may also be made via enquiries@goldhillmuseum.org.uk

Date / TimeTopicSpeakerMore
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumMy Family & Other SmugglersRoger GuttridgeRoger Guttridge is a journalist, author and publisher. He has written two books about smugglers and smugglers’ trails in Dorset
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Two Beckfords of FonthillSir John StuttardSir John Stuttard served the accountancy firm PWC in many roles and was the 679th Lord Mayor of London. Alderman Beckford, father of William Beckford of Fonthill Abbey, was MP for Shaftesbury and twice Lord Mayor of London
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumCast Bronze Reputations in the Wessex StreetDave MartinDave Martin is a history adviser and author. He is researching a book on historical statues. For this lecture Dave focuses on statues within 50 miles of Shaftesbury
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumShakespeare’s Guildhall and the provincial public buildings of pre-modern EnglandDr. Kate Giles Kate Giles is Senior Lecturer at the University of York. She specialises in researching guildhalls, most recently in Stratford-upon-Avon prior to Shakespeare’s Guildhall being opened to the public
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Background to Mabel Giffard Abbess of ShaftesburySir Sydney GiffardSir Sydney Giffard was a diplomat and HM Ambassador to Switzerland and Japan. Mabel Giffard became Abbess of Shaftesbury in 1291
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumTea and Talks A series of short presentations by Society members on the fruits of their recent researches into aspects of local history