Lectures & Speakers 2016 – 2017

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 2016 Teulon Porter Lecturer was Professor Caroline Dakers of London’s University of the Arts and her subject on Tuesday 04 October at 7.30pm in a packed Town Hall was The Beckfords at Fonthill.

Lectures are free to members, while visitors may pay £3 at the door. 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, 01 November 2016 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumWalter BagehotBarry WinetrobeWalter Bagehot, economist and journalist, hailed from Langport, Somerset, and is best known for his classic work on “The English Constitution”.
Barry Winetrobe is Chair of the Bagehot Memorial Fund
Bagehot poster
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumCnut the Great – a Shaftesbury PerspectiveWayne Bartlett FCCA, MBA, PhD, CPA 2016 marks the millennium of Cnut’s accession to the English throne. He died in Shaftesbury in 1035. W.B. Bartlett is the author of “King Cnut and the Viking Conquest of England 1016” (Amberley 2016)
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumWalking with Wise Women – a history of local herbal medicineKate Scott BSc (Hons)Kate Scott, a professionally qualified Medical Herbalist, follows in a family tradition of herbal practitioners from Enmore Green, Motcombe and Shaftesbury
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the HalsewellPhilip BrowneDorchester author Philip Browne tells the story of the 1786 shipwreck on the Purbeck coast which was the Titanic tragedy of its day
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Great War ProjectAnn Symons and Claire RyleyAnn and Claire describe the archive assembled by the volunteers of the Society’s Heritage Lottery Funded Community Project
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 – 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