WOLLATON HISTORICAL & CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Updated March 2021
UNTIL ST LEONARD'S COMMUNITY CENTRE IS FULLY OPEN AND CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS LIFTED, OUR PROGRAMME WITH GUEST SPEAKERS WILL GO AHEAD VIA ZOOM ON THE 4TH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. PLEASE SEE DETAILS BELOW.
Two additional talks added January & February 2021. Also, as Coronavirus restrictions continue, the January and March talks have changed from the original programme due to the speakers not being able to deliver their presentation via Zoom.
Speaker Programme 2020/2021
September 23rd 7.30pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (please see drop down menu AGM 2020 for details) Followed by a talk by David Templeman “The Queen that never was”
Lady Arabella Stuart niece of Mary Queen of Scots, she was brought up with the sole intention of being crowned after Elizabeth.
October 28th 7.30pm Peter Hammond "Murder, Mystery and Misfortune"
A light-hearted look at some local 18th and 19th century Coroner's inquests and the stories behind them. (I will include some from the Wollaton area specially for you)
November 25th 7.30pm David Skillen “The many behind the few”
The unsung Hero’s and Heroine’s of the Battle of Brittain.
No meeting in December
January 13th 7.30pm Andrew Hamilton "Wollaton Park" (details to follow)
January 27th 7.30pm Mike Kelley will present "The Yemen", Were it not such a violent country, Yemen would be on the tourist map. A beautiful, closed country, with amazing architecture and beautiful views, Mike will show us sights we have never seen before and would not imagine could possibly be anything to do with Yemen.
February 10th 7.30pm Andrew Hamilton "St Leonard's Church", monuments, and the moving cadavers!
February 24th 7.30pm Edward Hammond “In service of the Emperor”
The life and the experiences of a Napoleonic Soldier.
10th March 7.30pm Andrew Hamilton "Old Wollaton Hall, Martin's Pond and the Canal" including the story of the tragic deaths of two Wollaton schoolboys in1869. (for WHaCS members)
March 24th 7.30pm David Skillen “Starfish, Stripes, Decoys & Dummies”
Wartime Camouflage and Deception from the Trojan Horse to Desert Storm. The talk looks at the various ways camouflage has developed and how some of the most famous wartime deceptions were carried out.
April 14th 7.30pm – Andrew Hamilton, “Balloon Wood, the Colliery and the remains of the Canal" (for WHaCS members)
April 28th 7.30pm Laura Parker “Recent Excavations at Nottm Castle”
A brief Annual General Meeting followed by presentation on the recent Archaeological works at Nottingham Castle during the closure and refurbishment 2016-2020.
Informatioin about summer walks, Dovecote opening and a visit to the Walled Kitchen Garden at Wollaton Park will follow when details are finalised.
Speaker Programme 2021/2022
Assuming indoor meetings will be allowed and it is safe to do so, from September 22nd indoor meetings will be held at St Leonard's Community Centre, starting 7.30pm.
September 22nd 2021 - Gareth Howell - The Witch Trials of England
Superstition and Science- Who were the Victims, Why were they chosen?
October 27th 2021 - John Whitfield - Nottingham’s Industrial Heritage
A presentation on the Varied Industrial World of Nottingham Manufacturing Companies.
November 24th 2021 - Mike Kelley - The Sudan
Mike spent 8 years in the Sudan, He will talk of its people, its Britsh Connection and its wealth of history when the Sudanese Pharaoh’s ruled Egypt.
January 26th 2022 - Bob Massey - Lady Horsemen of the Road
The story of the Female Highway men and Footpads
February 23rd 2022 - Peter Hammond - Water, Water Everywhere
The story of the water Engineer Thomas Hawksley who brought fresh water to Nottingham
March 23rd 2022 - Graham Hayes - The Da Vinci Inventions
Some of Da Vinci ‘s Mechanical Marvels Illustrated.
April 27th 2022 - Robert Mee - A Derbyshire Railway Outing
A Railway Tour using a 1920’s Timetable.