Past talks


11th December 2018: Fifty-five Years Fighting Rust, by Ian Dean
4th December 2018: The Death of Gordon of Khartoum by David Baker
13th November 2018: Alberto Bioletti, Soldier of Napoleon and Master Clockmaker of Wincanton by John Baxter
6th November 2018: Stonehenge by Julian Richards
16th October 2018: Hadrian’s Wall by Mark Corney
9th October 2018: Stephen Hyde Cassan, Curate of Mere and Bruton by Justin Bailey
17th April 2018: Sugar to Camels by Ros Liddington – an illustrated talk about the sugar trade
3rd April 2018: Out of my Attic – Boy’s Toys of the 20th Century by Michael Weale
13th March 2018: Stand Up and Be Counted – The Story of the Census by Daphne Tighe
6th March 2018: The Wessex Turncoat by Michael Wills
20th February 2018: Emergency Planning and Practical Salvage in Historic Houses by Hannah Severn
9th January 2018: Dorset Heroines by David Beaton

5th December 2017: Dartmoor Mindscapes by Peter Knight
12th December 2017: Kings of Music by Tom Weare
14th November 2017: Paul Maze, a Frenchman in khaki, the last impressionist by Philip Schofield
7th November 2017: Peace without victory: could the Great War have been ended in 1917? by Peter Landymore
10th October 2017: Popham: a 16th century lawyer who made good! by James Bradnock
3rd October 2017: ‘The history of Desert Island Discs’ by Ralph Jerram
25th April 2017: ‘Jade, Amber and Gold, three stories from pre-history’ by Hilary Griffiths
4th April 2017: ‘The Yetties Group’s tours across Europe, Far East and Africa’ by Bonnie Sartin
21st March 2017: ‘Will Shakespeare’s London – danger, vanity and vice’ by Gerry Cook
7th March 2017: ‘Life and Times of the Iconic Vulcan Bomber’ by Tony Davies
21st February 2017: ‘Shackleton’s 1914 Expedition to the South Pole’ by Frank Marshall
7th February 2017: ‘How the 1940 Invasion of Belgium changed my Life’ by Monique Turnbull
17th January 2017: ‘Royal Naval Hovercraft in the Falkland Islands 50 years ago’ by Vernon Phillips

6th December 2016: Inner sanctums by Rob Curtis
15th November 2016: In search of Francis Faugoin, Steward for Henry the Magnificent at Stourhead by Julia Mottershaw
1st November 2016: Mysterious life of Walter Henry: from workhouse to transatlantic troopships in World War 1 by Howard Nichols
11th October 2016: Mid 19th Century Charity Organisations in Mere by Michael Plaxton
4th October 2016: Verwood industry and life by Pam Reeks
3rd May 2016: Mata Hari – Eye of the Day; The Story of the Beautiful and Clever Double Agent by Kathy McNally
5th April 2016: Constable – His Visits to Gillingham by Sam Woodcock
15th March 2016: Conservation – the Agents of Decay by the Hannah Severn
1st March 2016: SS Great Britain – From Launch to Relaunch by Ian Caskie
2nd February 2016: A Fresh Look at the Silk Industry in Mere by Julia Mottershaw
12th January 2016: Ancient Jordan and Petra: A Personal View by Tony Grinyer

1st December 2015: The Brigade of Gurkhas 1815 – 2015 – 200 Years of Service to the Crown by Johnny Fenn
17th November 2015: The Society’s Archive: Open for Business by Jenny Wilding
3rd November 2015: The Last Russian Countess of Pembroke by Ros Liddington (Archivist, Wilton House)
13th October 2015: Sheep to Ships to North Sea Oil Rigs – Occupational Health in the 20th Century by Rose Cox
6th October 2015: History and Development of Variations; a musical Adventure by Jill Jenkins
17th March 2015: Fossils, Rocks and Dinosaurs: – local content, Somerset coal fields, Lyme Regis and Mary Anning, by Gerry Cook
3rd March 2015: Annual General Meeting followed by A Blast from the Past, by Jonathan Weeks. Listen to woodwind instruments from the middle ages
17th February 2015: Paradise Lost: Stourhead Gardens’ Lost Features, by Julia Mottershaw
3rd February 2015: Rural Temperance 1880-1908, by Canon Andrew Evans. A case study on Mere Society
20th January 2015: A History of Bruton School for Girls, by John Burrough
6th January 2015: A Very Fair Castle -The Changing Face of Corfe Castle and its Role within its Landscape, by Judith Teasdale, landscape architect

2nd December 2014: The First World War: Tunnelling and Mine Warfare, by Phillip Robinson, adviser on films and documentaries
18th November 2014: Occupational Health Hazards, post industrial revolution: chimney sweeps to deep sea divers, by Rose Cox
4th November 2014: Shaftesbury: King Alfred’s Legacy, by Rob Curtis, a South West Tourism blue badge guide
14th October 2014: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”: Henry, Alda and Harry’s Years at Stourhead’, by Janet Way
7th October 2014 – Archive Fever: Modern Research, by The Hon Victoria Glendinning CBE critic, broadcaster and novelist talking on research methods