Forthcoming Lectures
2nd October, 2018Jill EyersBoudicca – Warrior Queen or Rebel?

Who was Boudicca? What precisely happened during and shortly after the Roman invasion of Britain, and how did we get to the rebellion of some British tribes in AD60? This talk goes into the hard evidence and some of it might surprise you.

6th November, 2018Phillada BallardCookham Court

The lecture covers the history of the Thames-side estate of Culham Court in Berkshire from medieval times to the early 21st century. Like many Berkshire estates Culham was in the ownership of a succession of families. The present villa was built in c.1770 when the estate was owned by Richard Michell, a London lawyer. The house still enjoys what has been described as a ‘glorious and unspoilt setting as can be imagined.’ Its escape from development will be discussed in the lecture.

4th December, 2018 AGM 2018

8th January, 2019Martin BucklandWilts and Berks Canal - Past, Present and Future

THIS TALK WILL BE GIVEN IN THE TOWN HALL, HENLEY The canal opened in 1810 after 15 years of construction but had a chequered career until its legal closure in 1914. In 1977 restoration of the canal began in a few places but in 2004 full restoration of the entire 62 miles was decided upon. The talk looks at the historical, restoration progress and future proposals for this major East to West canal link.

5th February, 2019Michael RedleyVictorian and Edwardian Henley

5th March, 2019Janet HurstBridging the Gap - Goring and Streatley through the Ages

The twin villages of Goring and Streatley grew up on either side of the Thames where it cuts a passage through the hills to make the Goring Gap. The river played a huge part in the development around this crossing place, but other communication routes were important too - Icknield Way, the Ridgeway and the turnpike road through Streatley. The Gap was transformed by the coming of the Great Western Railway in 1840, but one village stood still and the other grew large. This talk traces these developments and examines the factors and people involved.

2nd April, 2019Jenny Knight and Kaye GoughSwing Riots (Museum of English Rural Life)