Discussion Group – List of Talks for 2017

Bradford on Avon Museum

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

The meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Library Meeting Room, and are FREE to members.  Non-members can attend one session before being asked to join.  If you know of someone who isn’t a member, do bring them along – it’s a...

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Discussion Group: Tutankhamun

Bradford on Avon Museum

Wednesday 1st February,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

Still on a historical theme, although a little further away from Bradford on Avon than usual, John Salvat kicks the  Discussion Group year off with a talk about Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been...

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Discussion Group: Excursions in the 1800s with Rev. John Skinner: rector and antiquarian

Rev John Skinner (c) Radstock, Midsomer Norton & District Museum Society; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Wednesday 7th December,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

Rev John Skinner was Rector of Camerton and a keen antiquarian, who kept many journals of his life as a clergyman and his numerous trips to archaeological sites both at home and abroad.  This Discussion Group session, led by Sophie Hawke, will look at the life of Rev Skinner,  and examine his...

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Discussion Group: The Bradford Hundred Moot Site

Germanic Moot

Wednesday 2nd November,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Rob Arkell will talk about his research into the site of the Bradford Hundred Moot.  A moot site is the meeting place of local dignitaries in ancient – medieval times.  Bradford on Avon’s moot site is a mystery…or is it?

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The Iron Duke is glazed

The Iron Duke is glazed

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The historic Iron Duke rubber calender machine has now received its partial glazing. The 15mm-thick toughened glass was carefully measured  and manufactured to fit under the COR-TEN roof and delivered from Bristol. The left side went smoothly, but the rough ground on the other side presented some difficulty.

The roof and glass give...

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Discussion Group: Plaster from the Bradford on Avon Roman Villa Bath House

Roman plaster

Wednesday 7th September,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Gill Winfield will talk about the Roman plaster found at the site of the Bradford on Avon Villa Bath House.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

The meetings take place on the first...

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King John and the Millennium Embroidery

King John and the Millennium Embroidery

Bradford on Avon Museum’s Millennium Embroidery will be displayed in the library’s exhibition/meeting room for the whole of August.

One of the twelve panels depicts King John crossing the Town Bridge during his visit to Bradford in August 1216, so this is an 800th anniversary of the event.

The embroidery can be seen during the hours that the library is...

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Discussion Group: New Results from LIDAR for the Bradford Hundred

Wednesday 1st June,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Roy Canham and Ritchie Brown will give us an update on new results from LIDAR for the Bradford Hundred.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

The meetings take place on the...

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Discussion Group: The Buildings of Barton Farm

Barton Farm

Wednesday 4th May,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Pam and Ivor Slocombe will discuss the history of Barton Farm’s building.  This Discussion Group session Group will complement the new Museum Publication, The Buildings of Barton Farm.

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Discussion Group: Conserving historic buildings in a changing world – 1887 to the present day

Conserving historic buildings

Wednesday 6th April,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Colin Johns will describe how attitudes in favour of protecting buildings have evolved over the last 100 + years and how this led in the UK to the introduction of the listing process, and later to the designation of conservation areas.

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Discussion Group: The Romans in the Bradford Hundred

Atworth

Wednesday 2nd March,  7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Roy Canham and Sophie Hawke will discuss what we know of the Romans in the Bradford on Avon and the local area.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

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Discussion Group: Medieval Bradford south of the river

Bradford dig 2015

Wednesday 2nd December, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, we have not one speaker, but four!  Roy Canham, Pam Slocombe, Ivor Slocombe and Gareth Slater will discuss Medieval Bradford south of the river.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

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Discussion Group: Little Chalfield – the other Chalfield Manor

Bradford on Avon Museum

Wednesday 4th November, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Rob Arkell will talk about the history of the manor as well as his archaeological findings.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

The meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the...

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Discussion Group: The Honourable Mrs Victor Bruce

The Hon. Mrs Victor Bruce

Wednesday 7th October, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

We are very lucky to have Nancy R Wilson, who is visiting from the United States, to talk to us about the life of the pioneer female aviator, Mildred Mary Petre (1895-1990), better known by her married name of the Honourable Mrs Victor...

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Discussion Group: 1766 – Revolution to Evolution, Francis Yerbury’s new cloth

Wednesday 2nd September, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Roy Berrett will tell the story of Bradford on Avon’s Yerbury Cloth.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

The meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Library Meeting...

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Discussion Group: The Making of the Millennium Embroidery

Millennium Embroidery

Wednesday 1st July, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Gill Winfield will tell the story of the making of the Millennium Embroidery.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

The meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the Library Meeting...

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Discussion Group: Saxon Bath: a healthy place to live?

Saxon Bath

Wednesday 3rd June, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

In this session, Laura Mountford will lead us through the process of interpretation of human remains to answer the question ‘Saxon Bath: a healthy place to live?‘.

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

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Discussion Group: Trowbridge: a most unlikely County Town

County Hall

Wednesday 1st April, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

This session, led by Ivor Slocombe, will tell the story of Trowbridge and how it came to be the county town of Wiltshire.

 

Discussion Group covers a wide range of subjects, and if you haven’t been along to a session yet, do try it out.

The meetings take place on the first Wednesday of...

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Discussion Group: The Castles of the Norman Conquest

Equestrian statue of William the Conqueror in his birthplace, Falaise

Wednesday 4th March, 7:30pm, Library Meeting Room

This session, led by Brian Davison, will focus on the castles of the Norman Conquest – in particular what the Normans were up to in Normandy in the ten years or so before the Conquest and in the ten years or so after 1066. A very narrow span of years, but a lot happened in those years!

Brian is a former...

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Lecture: The Buildings of Bradford

The Saxon Church of St Laurence in Bradford, built in around the millennium year 1001.

Wednesday 18th March, 7:30pm, St Margaret’s Hall

Architectural historian Julian Orbach, who recently moved to live in Bradford on Avon, is revising the Pevsner Architectural Guides, and is currently working on the Wiltshire volume. He has kindly agreed to give a talk for the museum on the buildings of...

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