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Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society – Winter 2018/19 Programme

Are you interested in history and archaeology, particularly of Yeovil and its surrounding towns & villages?
YALHS talks start at 7:30 pm (prompt), On the 1st Friday of the month, Oct – May. We also organise regular visits to archaeological digs and historical sites during the summer months.

Winter Programme
Friday 5th October – ‘Muchelney Abbey – from the early and obscure origins during the Anglo-Saxon conquest of the area until the Norman Conquest takeover. Finally the Norman period through to the Dissolution by Henry the Eighth
Speaker – Stephen Honey – Custodian and English Heritage Site Manager

Friday 2nd November – Talk on ‘World War I – about the local lads who went to war, what they do and how did they live also the lasses role in the World War, their roles and how they helped win the war
Speaker – Darren Berry

Friday 7th December – ‘The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the Wreck of the Halsewell.’ Philip Browne will describe the terrible events that shocked the nation when a huge East India Company ship was wrecked on the Purbeck coast. On board were the Captain’s teenaged daughters, his nieces and several other young ladies, bound for India in search of rich husbands. Despite the dramatic rescue of some of the crew, Captain Pierce and all the young ladies were drowned. In 1786, the peculiar circumstances of this disaster caught the public imagination and filled the newspapers for weeks. More than two centuries later, the story of the Halsewell still has the power to move us today.
Speaker the Author – Philip Browne

Friday 4th January 2019 – Members’ Evening – all welcome –
With various talks, a quiz and light refreshments – let Brian or Andy know if you would like to give a talk

Friday 1st FebruaryChange of Programme
now:A Victorian Head Gardener‘ Francis’ father started his career in Horticulture as gardener’s boy on a large estate just before the First World War. Hear about the fascinating life of the Victorian country estate, which has now entirely vanished.The Speaker is Dr Francis Burroughes

Friday 1st March – ‘Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity’. The life and works of the oft-quoted and influential Victorian writer and economist
Speaker – Barry Winetrobe

Friday 5th April – ‘The Lost Islands of Somerset’ (about the Levels). The talk looks at the Archaeology of the ‘Islands’ of Hard Geology in the Somerset Levels and Moors floodplain from all periods, with work at Aller, Greylake, Burtle, Beckery, Muchelney and Shapwick. Set against what we know about the changing environment of the floodplain.
Speaker – Doctor Richard Brunning 

Friday 3rd May – A short AGM followed by a talk – ‘Parish Boundaries in and around Yeovil’ A fascinating insight into how Parish boundaries were formed and how they changed throughout history.
Speaker – Jim Hart – (Non-members – free Entrance!)

Talks are held at the Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, Lysander Rd, Yeovil, BA20 2BU. Members free, Non-members £2.

Individuals £10; Couples £15; Family £18; Juniors/Students £2.
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V4 dated 16th December 2018

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All YALHS talks start at 7:30pm and are held at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, YEOVIL, BA20 2BU (Non-members Welcome – £2 at the door)

Click H e r e for a Detailed Programme

Winter Talks 2018/19

Fri 2nd Nov – ‘Talk on the World War One – about the Local Lads who went to War and the Lasses, how they helped to win the War’ – Speaker – Darren Berry
Fri 7th Dec – ‘The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the wreck of the Halsewell‘ – Speaker – Philip Browne
Fri 4th Jan 2019 – Members’ Evening – all welcome – Join us for various talks, a quiz and light refreshments
Fri 1st FebProgramme Change – now  ‘A Victorian Head Gardener’ – Speaker – Dr Francis Burroughes
Fri 2nd Mar – ‘Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity’ – Speaker – Barry Winetrobe (Brought forward from last year)
5th Apr (Fri) ‘The Lost Islands of Somerset’ – Speaker – Richard Brunning
3rd May (Fri) AGM followed by a talk – ‘Parish Boundaries in and around Yeovil’ – Speaker – Jim Hart – (Non-members – free entrance!) – bring a friend

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