Lectures and talks

Illustrated on-line talks replace face-to-face lectures until the epidemic restrictions permit

The society’s programme of talks on local history and archaeology has moved on-line since the Covid-19 lockdown started in March 2020
These on-line talks are easy to access. literally click-to-view, using Zoom, which has become a standard for many societies across the country during the epidemic. 

Our lectures are free, but if you wish to contribute towards our running cost then you can donate Here

On-line Lecture Programme Winter 2020/21


Louise Jopling-Rowe

Saturday 12 December at 2:30pm: Stories from the Amersham Museum
Speaker Alison Bailey, Trustee, Amersham Museum

After her recent talk at the Bucks Local History Network Conference in October 2020, Alison Bailey will now turn to the many stories of Amersham people and places which feature on the Museum website at https://amershammuseum.org/history/people.

As with all cultural institutions at the moment, the Museum is raising funds and would be very glad of your support

Register now for this online lecture Here  (We will email the Zoom meeting invitation to you)

Saturday 9 January 2021: Farming in early medieval England: revolution, evolution or reformation?
Speaker Dr Mark McKerracher, PCIfA, Lead Researcher FeedSax Project, University of Oxford
Between the 8th and 13th centuries, a major expansion of arable farming fed a growing population. Cereal surpluses sustained the growth of towns and markets and fuelled wealth inequality and the rise of lordship. Where and how did this come about? Mark McKerracher will discuss some conclusions from the ERC-funded FeedSax project and relate them to the Middle and Upper Thames regions.

A free online conference Feeding Anglo-Saxon England will be held on 7 and 8 December.
Register at https://feedsax.arch.ox.ac.uk/conference.html 






Saturday 13 February 2021:
Provisional reflections on the ‘Marlow Warlord’: an early medieval sentinel burial of the Middle Thames.
Speaker Dr Gabor Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Reading
In August 2020, archaeologists uncovered a richly furnished burial of a tribal warlord dating from the early Anglo-Saxon period. An extensive range of weaponry and other grave furnishings were buried with an imposing, six-foot-tall man representing a high-status warlord from the 6th century AD.

Dr Thomas is fund raising to conserve the metalwork finds for display in Bucks County Museum next year.
Details at https://reading.hubbub.net/p/marlowwarlord/.

Saturday 13 March: Manorial Records as a source for English and Buckinghamshire history
Speaker Dr Mark Bailey, Professor of Late Medieval History, University of East Anglia
An introduction to manorial records, including how to find them through a national online catalogue (the Manorial Documents Register) which has recently been updated for Buckinghamshire. Mark Bailey is a member of the Manorial Documents Register Advisory Board.





Saturday 17 April:
The Human Costs of Civil War: the Buckinghamshire experience
Speaker Professor Andrew Hopper, Director, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester and Principal Investigator for the AHRC Civil War Petitions Project

https://www.civilwarpetitions.ac.uk/about-the-project/   The ‘Conflict Welfare and Memory’ project researches how wounded soldiers, war widows and other bereaved family members petitioned for financial relief, some people affected for decades and into the 18th century. The Buckinghamshire petitions have recently been published on the project website.


On-line illustrated talks will continue as long as the epidemic restrictions on normal ‘gatherings’ continue, so watch this website’s home page for details.


Lectures are free and in normal times held one Saturday each month in the County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP starting at 2.30pm and lasting about one hour plus time for discussion. Refreshments are available after the event.



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