Lectures and talks

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

You can register for the next lecture using the link in the Lecture description below

Our lectures are free but if you wish to contribute towards our running cost then you can donate Here .  If you are not a BAS member, the benefits of membership and an opportunity to join online can be found Here.
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.

Saturday 14 August:  Buckinghamshire Artists
Speaker: Sarah Gray, BAS Hon Librarian
Depictions of the County’s people and places from the nationally known – van Dyck for Lord Wharton at Wooburn – to the recent artists who have lived in Buckinghamshire and painted the County’s varied portraits and landscapes from more local experience.


Saturday 28 AugustL.T.C Rolt – Engineer, Author and Pioneer of Railway and Canal Preservation
Speaker: Julian Hunt, Society President.

A review of L.T.C Rolt’s activities and achievements.


Saturday 9 October:  From Cuneiform to Codex
Speaker: Michael Ghirelli, Editor of the BAS Newsletter
The earliest books were written by impressing signs on flat squares of soft clay that were then baked hard under the sun. It took years to learn to write using a complex system of pictures and symbols to represent words, so the ability to read and write was confined to a small male elite. Through thirty centuries, lighter, more flexible materials such as papyrus were used, and words were written phonetically using alphabetic systems, making it easier for people to learn to read and write.



Saturday 27 November: Discovering Buckinghamshire’s Museum Gardens
Speaker: Claire de Carle, Garden Historian and Vice Chair of Bucks Garden Trust

Museum GardenBuckinghamshire Gardens Trust have been researching historic parks and gardens of local importance for the last eight years and the resulting reports totalling nearly one hundred are available to view on our website. These reports include three museum gardens: The County Museum, Aylesbury (Ceeley House, home to BAS) High Wycombe (Castle Hill house, former Chair Museum), and The Cowper & Newton Museum in Olney. In addition, we will look at the herb garden at The Amersham Museum and the period gardens that have been re-created at the Chiltern Open Air Museum at Chalfont St Giles.

This talk will be based on the extensive research carried out by the Bucks gardens Trust volunteers, we shall take a brief look at the history of each of the museums, the development of their gardens, how they are managed today and how they contribute to the visitor experience.


In person at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury (limit of 40 people) and streamed live on Zoom. 


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


Register now for Church in person Here  (We will email you the invitation (Max 40))

Saturday 8 January 2022:  Chilterns Beacons of the Past Project
Speaker: Wendy Morrison
BAS LectureRecent discoveries by the Beacons of the Past project.

A community science project using a high definition Lidar Survey of the Chilterns area to identify ancient sites in the landscape.

Spring 2022 (TBC):  Royal Forest and Forest Law in Bucks
Speaker: Andy Ford, BAS Council member
Medieval laws for the preservation and protection of Royal huntingforest map


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.


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