Christina Richard signed copies of her latest book “Mr & Mrs Lockwood Kipling: from the Punjab to Tisbury” (Hobnob Press) in the Hinton Hall on Saturday 16 October. John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911), a Yorkshire-born artist, teacher, and illustrator, met Alice MacDonald (1837-1910), a poet, while working in the Potteries. Their son was named after a […]
About Ian Kellett
Ian Kellett has lived in Shaftesbury for over 30 years and is Hon. Secretary of The Shaftesbury & District Historical Society. He has written 130 News Blogs about the activities of The S&DHS and Gold Hill Museum.
At 4p.m. on Sunday 09 October 1921 a Memorial to the men of Enmore Green and Sherborne Causeway who gave their lives in the 1914-18 Great War was unveiled by Lady Stalbridge. Virtually every parish in Great Britain had sent men to the war who had not returned, and who would be buried in or […]
There is probably no better qualified British commentator on modern American history and politics than Professor Tony Badger. Until his retirement in 2014 he was Paul Mellon Professor of American History and Master of Clare College at the University of Cambridge. Since 2014 he has been Professor of American History at Northumbria University in Newcastle […]
Perhaps History does repeat itself. In July 1928 King Amanullah of Afghanistan returned from a lengthy tour of Europe. His enthusiasm for Western manners did not endear him to his subjects, and the Royal Family was forced to flee an armed uprising to neighbouring British India. The British Minister at the newly-built British Legation, Colonel […]
Local artist Jane Shepherd exhibits a series of paintings exploring colour and texture in mixed media, that create imagined landscapes inspired by photographs and memories. These are on show in the Anna McDowell Garden Room from 28 August to 05 September. Please click on the image (above) to see the whole painting. Jane writes: “I […]
On 16 August 1914 Private William Richard Bastable (service no. 7643) disembarked with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment at Le Havre. Nine days later he and his comrades, professional soldiers in the British Expeditionary Force, were facing the overwhelming strength of the German army at Mons. Kaiser Wilhelm II is alleged to have […]
Slavery was officially abolished in the British Empire on 01 August 1834. To mark this milestone, John Rutter addressed a public meeting in Shaftesbury Town Hall at 11.00a.m. On Saturday 07 August 2021 at 12.00 noon the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset unveiled a Blue Plaque outside the premises of HSBC to commemorate the life and […]
Angus Campbell, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, will unveil a Blue Plaque commemorating the life of John Rutter (1796 -1851) at noon on Saturday 07 August 2021. The Plaque will be mounted on the front wall of No. 2 The Commons, Shaftesbury, where from 1817 John Rutter ran a printing and publishing business, and […]
Volunteers at Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Museum have been mastering new technology and creating new displays in preparation for the return of visitors on Monday 31 May, and every day thereafter until Sunday 31 October, government regulations permitting. Mr Toad’s Abandoned Caravan, one of the entries for the on-line Amazing Spaces Challenge run during Lockdown, will […]
On 21 May 1471 the last of the Lancastrian kings, Henry VI, was murdered in the Tower of London. If Henry were not the worst, he must have been the unluckiest of English kings. On his watch England lost the Hundred Years’ War with France and was convulsed in the Wars of the Roses. Henry […]
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