Lectures & Speakers 2022 – 2023

Our lecture season would normally run 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 2022 Teulon Porter Lecture will be delivered on Tuesday 27 September by Dr. Amy Frost, Curator of Beckford’s Tower and Museum, Senior Architectural Curator of the Bath Preservation Trust, and part-time Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath. (Further details at the foot of this page.)

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, 01 November 2022 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

The Dorset Soldier Who Won The First World WarDr. Rodney AtwoodRodney writes and lectures on military history, following service as a commissioned officer in The Royal Tank Regiment, and running a school. His biographies of Field Marshal Lord Roberts (2014) and General Lord Rawlinson (2018) are published by Bloomsbury. He lives locally
Tuesday, 06 December 2022- 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

Photographs of Edwardian Shaftesbury
Claire Ryley and Ann SymonsFollowing their phenomenally popular Shaftesbury Remembers sessions at Shaftesbury Library, members Claire and Ann will be asking for the audience’s help in identifying scenes from the Society’s Tyler Photographic Collection
Tuesday, 10 January 2023 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum
Henry VI – England’s Worst King?Dr. James Ross, FRHistS, FHEAJames is Reader in Late Medieval History at the University of Winchester. Author of the volume on Henry VI in the Penguin Monarchs series, in 2021 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association in recognition of his commitment to, and excellence in, public lectures
Tuesday, 07 February 2023 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

The Surprising Joan of ArcHelen JouahriHelen is a former Head of Modern Languages at South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury. During the course of an almost 40 year career teaching French in a number of different schools, she has found certain aspects of French history to be not just interesting, but also intriguing. Her talk on Joan of Arc, contemporary of Henry VI, aims to examine some of the surprises in this French saint’s life
Tuesday, 07 March 2023 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum
London and Dorset: A Shared History in ConstructionSir John StuttardSir John is a former Lord Mayor of London, current President of The S&DHS, and author of a recent book on John Rutter. He draws on his knowledge of the City to point up some little known architectural parallels. He will focus on the Isle of Purbeck, Swanage, and the links in marble and stone construction between Dorset and London
Tuesday, 04 April 2023 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumEscape or Die – the Flight of Charles II after the Battle of WorcesterPaul CordlePaul, an amateur historian who lives in the Nadder Valley, was a regular officer during the ‘60s & ‘70s in the Grenadier Guards Regiment, which was raised in 1656 by the exiled King Charles II. Besides being a Grenadier he has a family connection with the King’s remarkable yet sadly overlooked escape. He traces the hair-raising adventures of the refugee Charles as he fled via Dorset and Wiltshire to the south coast and a boat to France