Friday April 11th pm - Venue Uppingham SchoolThe Bryan Matthews LectureTo be presented by historian Lucy Worsley - (Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces)There will be a charge for this meeting.Details to followThursday April 24th 7.30pm – Venue Rutland County MuseumStamford Civic Society – and its challenges in the 21st century – Gwyneth Gibbs.Stamford Civic Society was formed in 1962 to lobby for the conservation and preservation of the town, while also looking to its future prosperity. The Society is a member of Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement. Gwyneth Gibbs is Chair of the Stamford Civic Society and will describe their achievements and the challenges that they currently face.Thursday 22 May7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumRLHRS AGMFollowed by From Deer to Fox - The Hunting Transition and the Landscape, 1600-1850 - Mandy de BelinThis talk looks at the transition from deer hunting to fox hunting that occurred between the seventeenth and nineteenth century, and its relationship to the midlands landscape. It questions the traditional explanation that the change was caused by disappearance of woodland and consequent reduction of deer population. Instead it looks at the impact that the breeding of the thoroughbred horse had upon the sport, and seeks an explanation there.Thursday June 19th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumThe Experience of Being Poor in Rutland & Lyddington Bede House by Dr Elizabeth HurrenWhat was it like to experience poverty in the past? Dr Elizabeth Hurren from Leicester University shares new research from the Lyddington Manor history project on the experience of being poor in the 18th and 19th centuries across Rutland. She talks about what it was like to need medical and welfare help, to grow old, and why Lyddington Bede House was so valuable to the poorest in the county.Elizabeth's latest medical research and media outreach work on Cultures of Physic and Medical Regimen at the Tudor Court in “Henry VIII and his Court” (Ashgate 2013) featured in the recent BBC 2 series Fit to Rule: “How Royal Illness Changed History” with Lucy Worsley of Historic Royal Palaces. In 2012, Elizabeth published two new books, “Dying for Victorian Medicine: English Anatomy and its Trade in the Dead Poor” (Palgrave) ISBN 978-0230219663 and “Poverty and Sickness in Modern Europe: Narratives of the Sick Poor, 1780-1938” (Continum) ISBN 978-1441110817.Thursday July 24th 7.30 pm - Venue Oakham Castle - Festival of Archaeology Anglo Saxon Archaeology in Leicestershire and Rutland - Peter LiddleAn illustrated exploration of life and death in Anglo-Saxon Leicestershire and Rutland through archaeological discoveries in the area.Saturday August 9 7.30 pm - Venue Oakham CastleTennants Lecture by Dr. Adam Bowett - Furniture from the Time of William III and Queen AnneDr. Bowett is a leading expert on English furniture and will be talking about late sixteenth and early seventeenth century furniture, especially that made by Gerit Jensen for these monarchs.Please click here for full detailsSaturday September 20thThe Village Visit - KettonEach year the Society visits a Rutland village for an afternoon of local history. We have village-related talks, an exhibition of local photographs and documents, and a leaflet-guided historical walk. Our visit this year is to Ketton and the venue willbetheChurch&nearbyCongregationalHall,inChapelLane.Clickheretodownloadthefullvisitprogrammeandapplicationform-Thereisachargeof£5forthiseventwhichincludesrefreshments.Attendancemustbeprebooked.Thursday September 25th 7.30 pm – Venue Rutland County MuseumFlore’s House in Oakham – Nick HillNick Hill from English Heritage will talk about Flore’s House built in 1378 and extended in 1407 which still stands in Oakham High Street. He has carried out extensive research on this notable building and published two articles on it. He will also mention a little about the Flore family, including Roger Flore, the Rutland MP who was elected Speaker of the House of Commons in 1422.Thursday October 23rd 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumIn Foreign Fields – David HumberstonDavid Humberston has researched the involvement of Rutland and Leicester soldiers and seamen in WW I and will talk about the personal experiences of a number of them, based on correspondence and war records.Thursday November 20th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumLaunde Abbey and the Reformation – Canon Michael WilsonCanon Wilson will discuss the history of Launde Abbey and how it was affected by the Dissolution of the Monasteries at the time of Henry VIII.
Thursday January 30th 7.00 pm - Venue Oakham CastleThe George Phillips and Tony Traylen Awards: Awards for building projects which maintain the traditional built environment of RutlandPresented by Tim Clough and followed byLost Buildings of Rutland - Robert OvensA wide-ranging look at some of the Rutland buildings which have been demolished since they were recorded on early photographs, drawings and maps - including a mud hut, a toll house, windmills, stone cottages, railway stations and stately homes.Thursday February 20th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumLeicestershire and Rutland War Memorial Project - Liz Blood“This talk will include a visual tour of some war memorials around Leicestershire and Rutland. It tells part of the story of communities’ efforts to commemorate local people who died as a result of world conflicts, especially after World War One and World War Two. Yet it does not end there. Local war memorials commemorate casualties from conflicts stretching back to the early 15th century and, of course, down to the present day. Liz Blood will explore some of the stylistic and historical significance of local war memorials, as well as their diversity.”Thursday March 20th 7.00 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumFriends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle AGMFollowed by: Museum Studies through distance learning programme - Katy BunningThe School of Museum Studies at Leicester University has an international reputation. It has the highest proportion of research that is rated ‘world leading’ in any subject in any UK university. Katy Bunning is the Programme Director for their Museum Studies Masters programme which has over 200 students all around the world and she will talk about some of the research she is involved with.
The work of Gerrit JensenRoyal cabinet-maker at Drayton, Boughton and Burghleyby Dr. Adam BowettSaturday 9 August 7.30pm at Oakham CastleTennants Auctioneers Summer Lecturein association with The Friends of Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castleand Rutland Local History and Record Society.Dr. Adam Bowett is an independent furniture historian. He works as a consultant on historic English furniture with public institutions and private clients in both Britain and North America. The former include The National Trust, English Heritage, The Department of Culture Media and Sport, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and numerous regional and local bodies. He teaches furniture history at universities and other institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Buckinghamshire Chilterns New University and West Dean College. Adam Bowett is published widely in popular and academic journals, and is the author of three books on English furniture and furniture-making.Tickets: £10 (includes refreshments)For tickets and further informationplease contact: Tennants AuctioneersMill House, South Street, Oakham, Rutland 01572 email@example.com