Past Talks and Walks

DateEventSpeaker / Led By
Winter 2013/14
04-Oct-13Somerset Vernacular BuildingsFergus Dowding
01-Nov-13Operation NightingaleRichard Osgood MOD Archaeologist
06-Dec-13Village Schooling in SomersetSarah Villiers
03-Jan-14Members Night (open to all) – Three short talks by members
07-Feb-14The Railway Architecture of YeovilBrian Jackson
07-Mar-14Somerset’s Deserted VillagesJames Bond
04-Apr-14Flax MillingTony Brook
02-May-14AGM followed by a talk – West Country Friendly SocietiesPhillip Hoyland
Summer 2014
13-Jun-14Montacute Walkabout and Village Church
11-Jul-14Visit to Barrow Clump Excavations (with SSARG)Led by Richard Osgood
22-Aug-14Visit an Excavation on the Mod ranges at LulworthLed by Richard Osgood
22-Aug-14Visit Dawes Twine Works in West Coker
02-Sep-14Visit site of Yeovil’s Roman fortLed by site Manager, Stuart Milby
Winter 2014/15
03-Oct-14Archaeology of Hinkley PointRachel Bellamy
07-Nov-14History of Yandles Timber YardDavid Mountstephens
05-Dec-14The Allens of Tintinhull – Wheelwrights, Farriers and UndertakersJohn Allen
09-Jan-15Members Night (open to all) – Three short talks by members
06-Feb-15The Parrett Navigation CompanyFrancis Farr-Cox
06-Mar-15South Western Heritage TrustTom Maybury
10-Apr-15Monmouth RebellionJohn Allen
01-May-15AGM followed by a talk – Sherborne SchoolHuw Ridgeway
Summer 2015
06-Jun-15Tintinhull WalkaboutLed by Denny Robins
16-Jul-15Evening Tour of
Sherborne School
Led by Huw Ridgeway
14-Aug-15Bradford Abbas WalkaboutLed by Tony White
18-Sep-15Visit to CHACClare Robinson & Joseph Lewis
Winter 2015/16
09-Oct-15The Archaeology at Bunford HollowStuart Milby
06-Nov-15Yeovil’s Gloving LegacyJean Harper
27-Nov-15A History of Milborne PortDr Lesley Wray
08-Jan-16Members Evening various talks
05-Feb-16The Unreturning ArmyDavid Gordon
04-Mar-16Towards an Archaeology of the AnchorholdJerry Sampson
01-Apr-16The Air Defence of South-West England during World War TwoJohn Smith
06-May-16AGM followed by a talk – The Fovant BadgesTony Phillips
Summer 2016
02-Jun-16Dawes Twineworks in West CokerRoss Atkins
14-Jul-16Industrial Archaeology Sites around CrewkerneRichard Simms
13-Aug-16Visit Down Farm MuseumDr Martin Green
22-Aug-16Lufton Villa ExcavationsJames Gerrard
02-Sep-16Yeovil’s Parish Church (refurbished bells and clock)Roger Fox
Winter 2015/16
07-Oct-16A Petite Cloche, Grand SonBrian and Moira Gittos
04-Nov-16The Postal System of Great Britain from Medieval Times until 1850Roger Marsh
02-Dec-16Clark’s of Street: The Story of a Quaker BusinessTim Crumplin
06-Jan-17Members Evening various talks
03-Feb-17Bristol Blue GlassDr Francis Burroughes
03-Mar-17The History of Barrington CourtJohn Allen
07-Apr-17Writing Victoria History for SomersetMary Siraut
05-May-17AGM followed by a Magic Lantern ShowHumphrey Hamlin
Summer 2017
08-Jun-17Visit Castle Cary Horse Hair MuseumJohn Boyd Textiles
03-Jul-17Crewkerne WalkaboutPeter Wingrave
01-Aug-17Lufton Villa ExcavationsJames Gerrard/Newcastle University
05-Sep-17Visit Brympton d’Evercy House
Winter 2017/18
06-Oct-17Alberto Biolletti – A Soldier of Napoleon & Master Clockmaker of WincantonJohn Baxter
03-Nov-17Archaeology of Stone QuarryingPeter Stanier
01-Dec-17Somerset’s Highway HeritageRichard Raynsford
05-Jan-18Members Evening – all welcome – With a quiz, various talks
02-Feb-18South Dorset Ridgeway Mapping ProjectClaire Pinder
02-Mar-18Meeting cancelled due to Weather
06-Apr-18Lidar – The Imaging of a Hidden LandscapeBryan Moore
04-May-18AGM followed by a talk – Brewing in WeymouthDr David Riches
Summer 2018
12-Jun-18Tour of Weymouth MuseumLed by David Riches
06-Jul-18South Petherton WalkaboutLed by Liz Randall
17-Aug-18Ilchester Archaeological TourLed by Sally Mottram
07-Sep-18Somerset Rural Life Museum
Winter 2018/19
05-Oct-18Muchelney Abbey from its obscure origins, through the Norman Conquest to the DissolutionJohn Baxter
02-Nov-18Talk on World War I about the local lads who went to war and the lasses role in the warDarren Berry
07-Dec-18The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the Wreck of the HolswelPhillip Brown
04-Jan-19Members Evening – all welcome – With various talks, a quiz
01-Feb-19Roman History of IlchesterJohn Smith
01-Mar-19Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown CelebrityBarry Winetrobe
05-Apr-19The Lost Islands of SomersetRichard Brunning
03-May-19AGM followed by a talk – Parish Boundaries in and around YeovilJim Hart
Summer 2019
07-Jun-19Wells Cathedral & Vicars’ Close Tour
05-Jul-19Bruton Town Slideshow and WalkaboutAndy Pickering
21-Aug-19Stalbridge House ExcavationsDJ Northan – Dorset Diggers
06-Sep-19Sherborne Old CastleLed by Brian and Moira Gittos
Winter 2019/20
04-Oct-19The Roman History of IlchesterJohn Smith
01-Nov-19The Roman Conquest of the South WestDerek Gore
06-Dec-19Hard Times: Rural Poverty & The WorkhouseChris Forrester
03-Jan-20Members Evening – all welcome – With various talks.
07-Feb-20History of Carnivals in SomersetJohn Dando
07-Mar-20The Knight Templars in SomersetJames Bond
April 2020 – March 2021All Meetings and Walkabouts Suspendsd due to Covid-19 Pandemic
Summer 2021
05-Sep-21Cerne Abbas WalkaboutLed by Brian and Moira Gittos
Winter 2021/22
01-Oct-21Henry Hunt’s Mistress RevealedGraham Mottram
01-Nov-21St Ivel and the History of Aplin and BarrettJoseph Lewis
03-Dec-21Exploring subtle energies in South-West EnglandGwynn Paulett
07-Jan-22Members Evening – all welcome – With various talks.
04-Feb-22The Third Season of the Stalbridge Dig at Stalbridge HouseChris Tripp
04-Mar-22The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Somerset: Recent finds from Yeovil and its environsMaria Kneafsey
01-Apr-22Maypoles and Mischief, Merrymaking and Mayhem a history of May CelebrationsTim Hall
06-May-22AGM followed by a talk – The history of Burnbeck PierPeter Lander
Summer 2022
15-Jun-22Wolfeton House, Charminster, DorsetKatharine Thimbleby
10-Jul-22Langport WalkaboutJanet Seaton
06-Aug-22Visit Nether Adber (Deserted VillageStephen Bartlett
09-Sep-22Visit Somerset & Dorset Family History Society (SDFHS)Dorothy Bower

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