Lectures & Speakers 2019 – 2020

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 2019 Teulon Porter Lecturer was Professor Steven Gunn of Merton College, Oxford. He gave a superb illustrated talk on ‘Everyday Life and Accidental Death in Tudor Dorset and Wiltshire’, at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday 24 September in Shaftesbury Town Hall.

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, 05 November 2019 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Brilliant Burneys: stars of the 18th centuryDr Deborah JonesDeborah Jones is Treasurer and Membership Secretary of the Burney Society UK and writes novels featuring a Burney scholar. She recently moved to Shaftesbury
Tuesday, 03 December 2019 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

Stonehenge, Old Rocks and New Theories – and perhaps an update on the SAVED Project
Julian RichardsJulian’s enthusiasm and talent for explaining archaeological discoveries have been harnessed on many television programmes. He may be persuaded to say something about recent findings at Shaftesbury Abbey
Tuesday, 07 January 2020 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum“Fancy liquors and sky-high kickers”: Can-Can and the Invention of Gay Paree, 1867-1914Dr Jonathan ConlinDr Jonathan Conlin FRHistS FHA is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Southampton. Among his books is ‘Tales of Two Cities – Paris, London and the Birth of the Modern City’
Tuesday, 04 February 2020 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

Please note the change from the previously advertised speaker and subject

On the Parish: Life in the Workhouses of Victorian DorsetLuke MoulandLuke Mouland is a professional genealogist and historical researcher who founded Kith and Kin Research in 2010. He lives near Sherborne in Dorset and works behind the scenes at Sherborne Museum
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

Please note that this also is a change from the advertised speaker and subject

Great Chalfield Manor and its PeopleArnold SnowballArnold Snowball is a former “artist in clay”, a maker of decorative pottery, and teacher. Since retiring to Wiltshire he has become a National Trust guide at Great Chalfield Manor, described by Pevsner as “one of the most perfect examples of the late medieval English manor house.”
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

This presentation has been postponed to next season owing to the coronavirus pandemic

Tea and Talks: Photographs of Edwardian ShaftesburyS&DHS members Claire Ryley and Ann SymonsFollowing their phenomenally popular Shaftesbury Remembers sessions at Shaftesbury Library, Claire and Ann will be asking for the audience’s help in identifying scenes from the Tyler Photographic Collection. Free, open to all, and with tea and cake