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 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 MuseumThomas Hardy: the novels, the novelist and North DorsetAlban O’BrienAlban O’Brien is a retired English teacher and lifelong student of literature who now leads literary and discovery holidays. His connections with Hardy include volunteering at Hardy’s Cottage, acting with the New Hardy Players and giving talks about one of his favourite writers
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Grotto Makers: Joseph and Josiah Lane of TisburyChristina Richard Tina Richard is Chairperson of Tisbury History Society. Her book about The Grotto Makers was published by Hobnob Press in 2018. Examples of the Lanes’ work can be seen locally at Old Wardour Castle, Stourhead and St Giles House Wimborne
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 – 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