We hope you will find the lectures varied and interesting, and that we shall see you regularly at meetings. Do bring along your friends. There is no formal charge for non-members, but we do invite them to make a donation of £3.00.
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.
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
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.
Stuart Orme, Cromwell Museum – design and production new external signage and display boards.
Beth Davis – publication of the WW2 memoirs of Bert Goodwin.
Dr Stephen Upex – magnetometer survey of the walled area of the Roman town of Durobrivae.
Joanne Borrett, All Saints Church Elton Reformation Committee – publication of information booklet/story board about the stained glass windows and Saxon crosses.
Peter Cooper – Development and publish on-line interactive maps of Huntingdonshire.
Mike Addis, Huntingdonshire History Festival – funding in support of the 2019 History Festival.
Jonathan Salt, Huntingdon Community Theatre – stage production to commemorate the centenary of WW1.
Sarah Russell, Norris Museum – 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.
Jeremy Mumford, Ramsey Rural Museum – carry out investigation into held artifacts, record the details and prepare descriptive signs for each
4th December 2018 7.30pm
Christmas Colours: identifying the pigments in illuminated manuscripts
This talk focuses on the original pigments used in illuminated medieval manuscripts (including the Peterborough Psalter held at the Fitzwillliam Museum ). Discussion is based on the results from non-invasive analysis carried out by The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge since 2012.
Dr. Stella Panayotova, Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Christmas Social Evening—A Tudor Christmas
This year our Christmas gathering will have a Tudor theme, with entertainment from the accomplished early music group Hexacordia. for more information visit their website http://www.hexachordia.com
We will again be providing sandwiches, etc., as well as drinks, but members are welcome to bring additional seasonal fare. They may, of course, bring guests. Tickets £8.00 to include food.
To book contact David Smith through our contacts page
22 Jan 2019 7.30pm*
Medieval manuscripts at Peterborough Abbey
The talk is about the medieval library and manuscripts of Peterborough Abbey. Focus will be placed upon illuminated manuscripts held in the Parker Library collection, such as the Peterborough Bestiary and the Peterborough Psalter.
Dr Alexander Devine, Librarian at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
19 Feb 2019 7.30pm*
Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
Find out more about the Bonicon, a medieval beast found at Longthorpe Tower, Castor church and the Peterborough Besitary. This talk focuses on the Romanesque capitals of St Kyneburgha church, Castor and the local landscape in medieval times.
Dr Susan E Kilby, Medieval Historian, University of Leicester