Lectures & Speakers 2020 – 2021 (Provisional)

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 2020-21 programme was organised prior to the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Lectures listed below may therefore be subject to alteration or cancellation. Any changes will be advised through this page and our News Blog.

The planned 2020 Teulon Porter Lecturer is Professor Anthony Badger, formerly Paul Mellon Professor of American History, Master of Clare College and Chair of Cambridge Assessment at the University of Cambridge; Professor of American History at the University of Northumbria; and Past President of The Historical Association. (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, 03 November 2020 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumPosted in the PastHelen BaggottHelen Baggott is a Dorset-based freelance editor and writer. She has researched the people and the stories behind messages on vintage postcards, and published a fascinating collection under the same title
Tuesday, 01 December 2020 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

London and Dorset; A Shared History in Construction
Sir 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, 05 January 2021 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumSir Merton Russell-Cotes and the Development of BournemouthDavid BeardsleyDavid Beardsley is a guide and outreach officer at the Russell-Cotes Museum. He shows how Merton Russell-Cotes helped drive the growth of Bournemouth as a tourist destination, and a century ago donated a magnificent, quirky house and art collection to its residents
Tuesday, 02 February 2021 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

This lecture was postponed from February 2020

Thomas Hardy: the Novels, the Novelist and North DorsetAlban O’BrienAlban volunteers at Hardy’s Cottage and with the New Hardy Players. He was going to share his enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, Hardy last season, and we are hoping that events will not again conspire to prevent him from doing so
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumReconstructing the Theatres of Shakespeare’s Time – the Globe and the Wanamaker Playhouse Paul SimonsPaul Simons is a conservation architect and a Tourism, World Heritage and thermal spa specialist and consultant. He was intimately involved in the design and construction of the Tudor and Jacobean theatres rebuilt on the South Bank of the Thames
At a date and time to be arranged – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

This presentation was postponed from April 2020

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.