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Jun
1
Fri
St Neots Local History Society – Medieval Graffiti @ Eynesbury Junior School
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

MEDIEVAL GRAFFITI – THE LOST VOICES OF ENGLAND’S CHURCHES

This talk, on Medieval Graffiti, promises to be a fascinating look at a this rarely discussed topic.  The St Neots History Society are very lucky to be able to engage the speaker, Matthew Champion, for the evening. Matthew is widely regarded as the leading authority on the subject in the country.

If walls could speak they would reveal how they hold the key to the real life stories of medieval men and women lost in the shadows of history.

Hear about the medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and the many demons who stalk the walls of our churches.

The talk will be at Eynesbury Junior School on Friday 1st June beginning at 7:30pm. The event is free to all members of the St Neots History Society, non members are asked to pay a donation of £3.   

Jun
21
Thu
Society Visit – Westminster College, Cambridge @ Westminster College, Cambridge
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit to Westminster College, St Clement’s and All Saints churches, Cambridge

Westminster College is a theological college of the United Reformed Church, incorporating the Cheshunt Foundation of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion. 

Westminster College is a late 19th-century theological college of the English Presbyterian Church (since 1972 part of the United Reformed Church), the creation of the redoubtable and erudite Biblical scholars, Mrs Agnes Lewis and Mrs Margaret Gibson, since 1967 incorporating Cheshunt College of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, a foundation with a continuous history from the beginnings of that denomination.  We begin our visit with a display from the College’s archives, including those of the Countess of Huntingdon and famous nonconformists of the 18th century onward.  Then, after coffee/tea we will be given a tour of the college by the archivist, Helen Weller, including the Chapel (an Arts & Crafts gem) and Library with portrait collection.  We shall end our visit to the college with lunch in the Hall.  For those who wish, there should be a chance to see the attached Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide  and externally the adjacent new Woolf Institute for the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.  After lunch we shall walk half-mile to All Saints church, Jesus Lane, via St Clement’s church, both of which are being opened specially for us.  St Clement’s is a medieval parish church of the quayside area, off the beaten tourist track that deserves to be better known; All Saints is a Victorian Gothic masterpiece by Bodley and Morris .

Joining details to those booking or contact Philip Saunders (paksaunders@talk21.com or 01954-250421) if you have queries.

Own transport.  Good public transport links.  Disabled parking  only (please advise).

Cost £16.00 including refreshments & lunch

Book by Friday 15th June.  N.B. Limited to 24 members.

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download a copy of the booking form click on the word BOOKINGFORM 

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.

Jul
17
Tue
Society Visit – Coach Excursion to Tattershall Castle and Boston @ Tatteshall Castle and Boston
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Coach excursion to Boston and Tattershall Castle & church, Lincolnshire

Neil Wright (our speaker in April) will meet us at Fydell House in Boston for tea / coffee and an introductory talk. He will then guide us around this ancient market town on the banks of the Witham. His itinerary is a 1½-hour walk before lunch and a second 1½-hour walk after lunch. Neil will draw attention to the more significant aspects of St Botolph’s church, “ The Stump” 272 feet high. Some members may not wish to participate in the full walking programme.   Please write  A  on the booking form for the full walking programme, B for the morning only, C  for the afternoon only and  D  for no conducted tour, free time only.

We will then visit Tattershall Castle keep built of brick in 1434 by Ralph, Lord Cromwell and the adjacent Holy Trinity church built by Ralph’s executor.

 

 

 

Depart Mill Common Huntingdon  9.00 am, arrive  Boston  10.45.  Morning walk  11.15 to 12.45; afternoon walk  2.00 to 3.00. Leave Boston 3.15 for Tattershall, visit castle and church 4.00 to 5.30. Return to Huntingdon 7.00 / 7.30pm.

Other pick-up points (indicate clearly on form): Somersham (Dews) 8.25; St Ives (Houghton Rd) 8.40; Hartford (Longstaff Way) 8.45; Godmanchester (Bridge Place car park) 8.50.

Cost (including morning refreshments): £35.00 (National Trust members £29.00)

Book by Thursday 5th July.

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download a copy of the booking form click on the word BOOKINGFORM 

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.

Aug
13
Mon
Society Visit – March, Historic Medieval Church, Station and Museum @ March
Aug 13 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Visit to March, including Medieval Church, Historic Station and Museum, Monday 13th August 1.30 p.m.

We shall begin our visit to the former county town of the Isle of Ely at St Wendreda’s church, Church Street, PE15 5PY, with its magnificent medieval timber roof, containing more than 100 carved angels, saints and apostles, which Sir John Betjeman said was ‘worth cycling forty miles into a head wind to see’. We then circuit the town to the classic Victorian station, opened 1847, a hallowed place for railway historians and once focus of one of the largest marshalling yards in Europe.  Finally we adjourn to the town centre, where there should be time for the more energetic to fit in a short guided perambulation, but in any case to reassemble at the March Museum.  The Museum is being opened specially for us and there will be ample opportunity to enjoy its large collection.  Our visit ends with tea and cakes provided by the Museum Society.

Own transport.  Please advise if you can offer help /need help with transport.

Cost £5.00. Please book by Monday 6th August.  Further details will be issued on the day at the church, or for more information contact Kate Hadley on 01480-454154 or Jean Burbidge on 07798-685648.

Book by Monday 6th August.

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download a copy of the booking form click on the word BOOKINGFORM 

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.

Sep
13
Thu
Society Visit – St Ives Pugin’s Gem and Norris Museum and Library @ St Ives, Cambridgeshire
Sep 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Visit to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Needingworth Road, St Ives, and Privileged Visit to the Norris Museum and Library

 Thursday 13th September, 2.00 p.m.

For a small market town the Catholic church has a remarkable history, starting life as St Andrew’s church in Cambridge and then moved when it became too small with greater population movement.  It has been called ‘Pugin’s Little Gem’. The church is justly proud of its heritage. 

After this visit we move to the Norris Museum, for a short talk at 3.00pm on the collections and recent refurbishment by Sarah Russell, the director, followed by tea and group guided tour of the new displays and behind the scenes. 

Own transport.  Please advise if you can offer help /need help with transport.  If you come by car we suggest Darwood’s Pond car park for RC church and then move to Globe Place.

Cost: £3.00.

Book by Friday 7th September

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download the form click on the word BOOKINGFORM

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.

 

Oct
1
Mon
Cambridge Antiquarian Society Meeting 1 October @ Lecture Room LG17 of the Law Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Welcome to another year of CAS Monday 6pm lectures! 

They begin on Monday 1st October in Lecture Room LG17 of the Law Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site, with a joint meeting with the Prehistoric Society.

Dr Rob Wiseman, of Oxford Archaeology East and Durham University, will speak on Rivers of Bronze – The eastern fens of East Anglia in the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age.

 
The archaeology of the eastern fens of East Anglia has not received the attention of their internationally famous western counterparts.  In this talk, Rob will present initial findings from a Durham University project aimed at drawing together the archaeological evidence from this part of East Anglia.  He will focus on the ‘Great Divide’: the transition from the Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age, which saw the near-complete disappearance of bronze metalwork around 800BC, and a significant shift in Britain’s climate. 
 
Rob will present findings from the 100+ excavations that have been conducted across the eastern fens as well as the vast quantity of prehistoric metalwork reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  He will also outline new insights from this evidence, including  travel routes across East Anglia in late prehistory, the development of regional groupings, the fate of bronze metalwork, and prehistoric responses to the longest cold period since the last ice age.
 
Rob is currently Contracts Officer for OAE, having studied Archaeology at UCL in 2011-12.  He has a PhD in the History of Ideas from the Australian National University and before coming to archaeology worked for companies in Australia including Pfizer.
 
Oct
10
Wed
Society Lecture – A Landscape through Time – the A14 Project @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday 10 October A Landscape through Time – A look at the Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.

Please note the following important dates including some changes: This and subsequent Lectures: These will be on Wednesdays at our usual venue, Huntingdon Methodist church.  From this month onward the usual day of meetings will be the second Wednesday, as the church is no longer available regularly to us on Thursday evenings. 

Emma Jeffery, Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland Archaeology will talk about the astonishing discoveries taking place as a result of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.  A walk through centuries of history from prehistoric settlements, pottery and ditches, Roman broaches and pottery production, medieval village lost and found. 

Click on the picture for a larger and printable version of the poster.

The lecture this evening will be free to non-members

Oct
23
Tue
Peterborough Museum – Peterborough Abbey and the Peterborough Chronicles @ Peterborough Museum
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from Peterborough is not just a book, for it tells us much about the monks’ ideas on identity, place and nation. There were other chronicles and histories written at Peterborough, more than at almost all other English abbeys. These often tell a more local story, about the monks and their links to local society, about the great men who passed through, and about the holy and not-so-holy abbots who ruled the place.

Dr Nicholas Karn, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Southampton and an expert on Benedictine monasticism.

Nov
6
Tue
Peterborough Museum – The Barnack Beaker burial @ Peterborough Museum
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

6th November 2018 7.30pm
The Barnack Beaker burial: The grave of an important man from the first age of metal

Discovered in 1974, the rich (4,200 year old) burial from Barnack, Cambridgeshire, has continued to yield secrets ever since. This talk presents recent research on the special set of objects that were placed with his body in the grave, including some of the most spectacular stone and gold objects found anywhere in Britain during this period: the first age of metal. It also presents the results from cutting edge scientific analysis of his human remains. These insights will then be set in the wider context of recent DNA studies that suggest the Barnack man belonged to a period of dramatic change that transformed Britain forever.

Dr Neil Wilkin is Curator of the Bronze age collection at The British Museum

Nov
15
Thu
Society Presidents Lecture and Goodliff Awards @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The King, the Actress and the Cardinal: the birth of London’s West End.

 

Dr Simon Thurley’s lecture this year is entitled The King, the Actress and the Cardinal; the birth of London’s West End. The King and the Cardinal one can make a fair guess at, but the Actress is a little more difficult. Come along if you want to know who they are. It is bound to be another revelation on the extraordinary history of our capital city.

 

 

 

The evening will start off with the Goodliff Award Ceremony when Dr Thurley will present awards to:

Jane Adams, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church Alconbury – the publication of an information booklet and childrens guide to the church.

Jane Watson, publication of a booklet on the history of Barham village.

The Cromwell Museum Trust (Stuart Orme) – design and production new external signage and display boards.

Beth Davis – publication of the WW2 memoirs of Bert Goodwin.

The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust (Dr Stephen Upex) – magnetometer survey of the walled area of the Roman town of Durobrivae.

All Saints Church Elton Reformation Committee (Joanne Borrett) – publication of information booklet/story board about the stained glass windows and Saxon crosses.

Peter Cooper – Development and publish on-line interactive maps of Holywell-cum-Needingworth.

Huntingdonshire History Festival (Mike Addis) – funding in support of the 2018 History Festival. 

The Norris Museum (Sarah Russell)– Production of learning session materials entitled, ‘Cromwell the Man, Friend or Foe?’.

Roger Reynolds – Publication of a book, ‘Ramsey at War’ covering the period 1939 to 1946.