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Proposed L.H.S. PROGRAMME until November 2021

(Last updated October 2020)

Date Event Venue and Time
Monday 18 January 2021 The Cotswold Canal: past, present & future - Brian Stanley Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    A journey through the history of the two waterways that make up the Cotswold Canals considering the influences, past and present, of recreating the 36 mile link between the Rivers Severn and Thames.  
Monday 15 February 2021 The Great Stink! Engineers, sewerage and the Victorian battle against dirt - Tom Crook
Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    How did we get from the cesspools of the medieval period to the sewerage systems of today? The answer owes a lot to the engineering ingenuity and ambition of the Victorians. As Britain's towns and cities put on ever more demographic weight during the nineteenth century, it was they who found the solution in the building of vast, hyper-complex subterranean systems and outfall works. We have come to take these systems for granted, but we shouldn't - the Victorians struggled long and hard, amid numerous failed experiments, before they eventually settled on the infrastructure we rely on today    
Monday 15 March 2021 The Royal Progress through Gloucestershire in 1535 - Alan Pilbeam Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    For five weeks in the summer of 1535 Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and their first minister, Thomas Cromwell, travelled through Gloucestershire. We know where they stayed, something of their personal interests, and of the opportunities available to them on the progress, we also know what happened in the months following, which included the dissolution of the monasteries. In this illustrated talk we will link these different themes and view some of the landscape features associated with the progress.  
Monday 19 April 2021 A Journey to Barbados & Demerara and back in 1803 - Peter Covey-Crump Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    Nathan Lucas FLS kept a diary of his nine month journey to South America and back in 1803. The outward journey to Barbados took 51 days and the return took 70 days. His purpose was to visit his cotton plantation in Demerara where he stayed two months, and, as a keen naturalist, he described the flora and fauna there. The talk is illustrated with plates from Capt J G Stedman’s visit to Surinam in 1772-77 and other contemporary images.  
Monday 10 May 2021 Mapping Hillforts: the Atlas project - Professor Gary Lock Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    Hillforts are the most iconic monument of the later prehistoric period and occur across all of the United Kingdom and Ireland. There have been many attempts at counting, classifying and mapping these sites which have raised many problems. This talk will outline the history of mapping hillforts and then describe the work and some results of the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland Project. This major project has resulted in the first online atlas of hillforts at such a scale and has established a new era of hillfort research and interest.  
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Monday 20 September 2021 A crystal vision of Victorian Britain: the Great Exhibition of 1851 - Simon Wenham Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The Great Exhibition of 1851 was one of the most ambitious and spectacular events ever staged in Britain. It showcased, on a grand scale, the sheer economic, technological and global might of the nation. The vast attraction, which captivated visitors from around the country (and beyond), provides a fascinating window in so many sides of Victorian life. This talk will explore what we know about this great spectacle and what it tells us about the nation as a whole.   
Monday 18 October 2021 ‘Our beloved Oxfordshire home’: May Morris and Kelmscott Manor - Dr Kathy Haslam Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    This talk will look at the engagement with Kelmscott Manor and its village community by the younger daughter of the great Victorian polymath William Morris, and at her own significance in relation to their development, preservation and legacy.  
Monday 15 November 2021 31st Annual General Meeting Memorial Hall - 7:15pm
    New and old members and guests welcome.  

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