Lectures and talks

Illustrated on-line talks and face-to-face lectures at Discover Bucks Museum.

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

See also the Thursday evening AAG programme Here

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 12th February 2022: Needle making in Long Crendon: a forgotten
Bucks industry
Speaker:  Julian Hunt, Society President

An extinct craft industry in the historic village
of Long Crendon.

Saturday March 12th: Sir John Schorne: The Rector Who Conjured the Devil into A Boot
Speaker: Wayne Perkins, BA Hons Archaeology, ACIFA

‘Maister’ John Schorne was the Rector of North Marston in Buckinghamshire in the 13th century. After his death, his shrine became the third most popular pilgrimage destination after Canterbury and Walsingham. The income gained from the pilgrims visiting North Marston was so great that his relics were ‘translated’ to Windsor to help finance the chapel of St George.


However, he was never canonized so only ever held the distinction of ‘folk saint’ so how did this rural rector garner so much fame?

Saturday April 9th: Streamed on Zoom from a live presentation in Discover Bucks Museum
Power, Patronage and Poaching: The Medieval Royal Forest in Buckinghamshire
Speaker: Andy Ford, BAS Council member
During the medieval period, a large part of Buckinghamshire was part of what was called the royal forest. The main purpose of the royal forest was as a private hunting ground for the king and his household. The people living there were subject to laws that served to protect the forest and the deer living within it.
Using historical records from the reign of Henry III in the thirteenth century, Andy will explore how the king used the forest, how the law was administered and how local people sought to get round its restrictions.

Saturday May 21st 2:00pm (lecture 2:45 after the AGM): The Museum Buildings a brief talk and walking Tour
Speaker (Tour Guide): Sarah Gray BAS Hon Librarian

The standing buildings united as the Museum date from the 15c guildhall of St Mary, through the 18c grammar school and Ceely House to the grand 1995 Art Gallery at the centre. However the site dates back much further, within an Iron Age hillfort, a Saxon minster graveyard and a Royal Manor.

Saturday June 11th: John Hampden and the Battle of Chalgrove
Speaker: Derek Lester

Derek Lester will show how our knowledge of the Battle of Chalgrove and of John Hampden’s death and funeral depends on Clarendon’s ‘History of the Great Rebellion’ and Lord Nugent’s ‘Memorials of John Hampden.’ Derek argues that these accounts, written many years after the events, have misled students of the English Civil War.  Derek will show how Clarendon’s original diaries, preserved in the Bodleian Library, give a very different version of these critical events.

The news that the statue of John Hampden erected in 1911 in Aylesbury Market Square is to be moved to a more prominent position makes our June lecture very topical. On the north side of John Hampden’s statue is a plaque which has an artist’s impression of The Patriot’s funeral in 1643.

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

Register now to attend the Lecture in Person Here  (We will acknowledge your registration and look forward to meeting you).

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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