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 People who drained the Fens: Promoters, Engineers and Workers – Dr Philip Saunders.
This is a change to the originally advertised programme. Unfortunately, Dr Stephen Upex, who was to speak on Saxons in Huntingdonshire, is unwell and will be unable to talk to us on Thursday 6 April. We wish him the very best for a full recovery.
We are fortunate that our own Chairman, Dr Philip Saunders, will delight us with a different perspective of the drained the Fens. He will be expanding upon a short talk that was given to the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership conference in November 2016. We tend to think of the history of fen drainage in terms of organisations, mills, engines and drains. However, without the promoters of drainage driven by economic necessity/profit, the engineers who designed the drains and waterways and the workers who toiled to dig the drains none of the changes to our landscape would have happened. Although not especially focused on Huntingdonshire, it should be remembered that a substantial part of the county fell within the Great Level of the Fens commonly called the Bedford Level. This is also a topical issue as the Cambridgeshire Records Society has recently reprinted Jonas Moore’s Mapp of the Great Levell 1658 and Dr Saunders will bringing copies of the map to the talk.
The weekend away in May 2017 will be to explore parts of the history of the Cotswolds.
Details of the weekend can be found in the outline programme by clicking on [Exploring the Cotswolds].
Further details will be announced at Society meetings.
The Society AGM will be held on the 25th May 2017 in the Assembly Room, Huntingdon Town Hall. After the AGM we will have a short presentation on the geophysical survey work being carried at Sawtry Abbey. Sawtry Abbey was a Cistercian abbey that suffered the ravishings of the Reformation carried out by Henry VIII. The Sawtry Archaeology Group received a Goodliff Award in 2016 to help them carry out the survey of the abbey lands and they will be telling us about the results of their survey.
The Agenda for the AGM and further details of the presentation will be published on this page nearer the time of the AGM.
Further details to follow