Lectures & Speakers 2018 – 2019

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.

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, 06 November 2018 – 2.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumSmall Earthquake in Wiltshire: 17th century conflict and its resolutionProfessor Eric L JonesEric Jones is Emeritus Professor of Economic History. His most recent book is ‘Landed Estates and Rural Inequality in English History: from the seventeenth century to the present’. The focus of his talk is the Penruddock Rising of 1655 when Royalist rebels held Salisbury for a few hours, marched to Blandford, and were rounded up in Devon
Tuesday, 04 December 2018 – 5.30pm – The Garden Room, Gold Hill Museum

The Turbulent Quaker of Shaftesbury
– John Rutter (1796-1851)
Sir John StuttardSir John Stuttard is a former Lord Mayor of London, author of several books, and a Shaftesbury resident. His talk precedes the formal launch of his new book on one of Shaftesbury’s greatest citizens
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Life of the remarkable Dr Marie Stopes, Founder, Benefactor and First Curator of Portland MuseumDavid CarterDavid Carter is a retired chartered engineer. He is an amateur maritime archaeologist, a Trustee of Portland Museum, and founder of the Friends of Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle. Marie Stopes is best known as a scientist, pioneer of family planning, social reformer and campaigner for the economic emancipation of women
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumShire Hall: Justice in the BalanceAnne BrownAnne Brown is Learning Manager at Dorchester’s recently redeveloped Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. It was the venue for the Trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 – 2.30p.m. – The Garden Room, Gold Hill MuseumThe Station They Never ClosedJack Bath and David CaddyJack Bath is Curator and David Caddy a Trustee at Shillingstone Railway Museum. The station, on the much-missed Somerset and Dorset line, is being restored to its working condition prior to closure in 1966 under the Beeching Plan
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 – 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