NOTE: Meetings are now held on the third Tuesday of
each month from September to May. Meetings start at 7.30 p.m.
We meet at Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Downend, Bristol BS16 2RW
20th September` Frenchay
Hospital’s Hidden History
Miscellany of facts that you probably didn’t know about, from its origins to
the last days of operations.
The Traditional English
A history of its use for
hunting, warfare and peaceful relaxation.
Hugh Soar is an author and authority on traditional
archery and will illustrate his talk with antique and replica artefacts.
November A History of
Leigh court 1815-1915
Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, is a Grade II* listed mansion in the Greek
Revival style. Murray Stewart will tell us about the house during its ownership
by the Miles family, from its being built for Philip Miles of Bristol by Thomas
Hopper, to its sale in 1915.
13th December Communicating Christmas (AGM)
John will give us a visual and audio presentation covering the various
way in which Christmas is communicated to us whether that be via TV, records,
videos, film, cards or the Queen’s Christmas message.
Life and Death in two Victorian Workhouses Di
Parkin & Rosemary Caldicott
Bedminster: The true story of how the local
community pulled together to uncover murder in the workhouse Eastville:
The history of life death and burial at 100 Fishponds Road
Both speakers are
from Bristol Radical History Group
21st February Let’s Send
This talk starts with the introduction of postcards to Great Britain in
1870, the introduction of the commercially produced postcards and USA cards sent
to the UK through the golden age at the turn of the century. Postcards sent during WW1 include the backs
showing many moving comments written by men in the line. This is followed by a selection of Bristol
now and then. The talk concludes with
familiar saucy postcards and also includes how postcards were produced to
reflect social changes.
Brunel: I alone and hung in chains John
(E M Lewis Memorial Lecture)
Tall hat, cigar, muddy trousers, massive chains: it’s a
famous and powerful photograph, truly iconic.
How revelatory is
Robert Howlett’s photograph of Brunel’s life, work and personality? How did it come about?
How does it relate
to other photographs and paintings of him and his immediate family? Do his own writings
and the words of others suggest a different Brunel?
John uses his background as historian and art historian and years of
experience lecturing in national museums, to discuss the authentic images in
paintings and photographs, relating them to Brunel’s character and
achievements, the development of his reputation, and the collection of the SS
Great Britain Trust.
18th April Archive
(Summer Booking Night)
16th May` Village
Witchcraft and Magic
(Summer Booking Night)
Prof Hutton is a leading authority on history of the British Isles in the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, on ancient and medieval paganism and
magic, and on the global context of witchcraft beliefs. Also the leading
historian of the ritual year in Britain and of modern paganism. He is a
Professor of History at Bristol University and appears regularly on television