2015 Programme Rutland Local History & Record Society Researching Rutland	Registered Charity No 700273
Select a Month or Lecture Jan - Feb - Mar - Apl - May - Jun Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov Bryan Matthews Lecture The Tennants Lecture The Village Visit
Thursday February 12th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum Burrough Hill Excavations - John Thomas, University of Leicester Burrough   Hill   is   one   of   the   best   preserved   Iron   Age   hillforts   in   the   East   Midlands,   yet   despite   a   number   of small   excavations   in   the   1960’s   &   1970’s   little   has   been   known   about   its   development   and   use   over   time.     In   2010   archaeologists   from   the   University   of   Leicester   began   a   5   year   research   project   focussing   on   the hillfort   to   discover   more,   and   to   find   out   how   Burrough   Hill   fitted   in   to   Iron   Age   occupation   of   the   wider landscape.      The   co-director   of   the   Burrough   Hill   Project,   John   Thomas,   will   present   an   illustrated   talk   on the   fascinating   results   of   the   project,   which   finished   in   2014   and   have   provided   an   unparalleled   picture of life at an East Midlands hillfort.
Thursday May 14th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum RLHRS AGM followed by The Secrets of the Stones - Dr Peter Hill The Rutland area has a surprising number of interesting carvings, graffiti and symbols carved into the stonework (and wood) of its buildings, some barely recognisable and virtually ignored. However many have interesting meanings and are worth seeking out. I will give an interpretation of several of these and reveal their whereabouts in the hope it will whet the appetite of members to go out and find more!
Thursday June 18th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum Corby and its Steelworks - Tony Rothery Full details will be available shortly
Thursday July 9th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum Discovering Lost ways - George Keeping A presentation about using archival evidence to help to record and protect our forgotten highways and footpaths. Click to see more details
Thursday September 10th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum Museums and wellbeing - Dr Ceri Jones - Leicester University Are our Museums safe from closure? This summer the popular Snibston Mining Museum in Leicestershire has closed, following on from the closure of Stamford Museum and the temporary closure of the Silk Mill Museum in Derby – all by county councils trying to save money. A strong argument for keeping museums open is increasing evidence that they improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities, as well as providing education and tourist interest. Dr. Ceri Jones was one of the authors of Mind, Body, Spirit a project which investigated how local museums improve the health and wellbeing of communities in the East Midlands. Her talk will discuss the project’s key findings and the often unseen benefits that museums provide. Dr. Jones works at Leicester University’s nationally renowned Research Centre for Museums and Galleries.
Saturday August 8th 7.30 pm - Venue Oakham Castle The Tennants Auctioneers Summer Lecture “Silver 1600 - 1900” - Mark Littler Tickets £10 – including refreshments – available from Tennants Auctioneers, South Street, 01572 724666, oakham@tennants-ltd.co.uk  and Rutland County Museum, Camose Street, 01572 758440 (during opening hours).
September - 19th September - 2pm - Venue Ryhall Village Hall Ryhall Village Visit
Thursday March 12th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle AGM followed by: The Oakham Castle Restoration Project - Speaker TBA Full details will be available shortly
Thursday April 9th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum The Vikings in and around Rutland - Robert and David Saxton - Cancelled The above talk will be replaced with: Rutland's Railways and how they integrated with the national network by Lawrence Fenelon
Thursday October 8th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum Field Walking - Elaine Jones/Debbie Frearson The RLHRS have an active archaeological fieldwalking group.  In conjunction with Elaine Jones, the recent results of the fieldwork will be illustrated, along with a display of finds. The lecture will include the methods used for fieldwork in Rutland.
Thursday November 12th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County Museum Edward Thring - Nigel Richardson Dr. Nigel Richardson is the author of the first full-length biography of one of the great educators of the 19th Century, Edward Thring, who was Headmaster of Uppingham School for more than 34 years. Edward Thring, thought of by many as Uppingham’s second founder, also founded the first meeting of the Headmasters’ Conference (HMC) in 1869 and is regarded as the best-known figure within independent schools in the generation after the famous Dr Thomas Arnold of Rugby. Nigel Richardson, who taught at Uppingham from 1971 – 1989 and who himself became Chairman of the HMC eight years ago, has said: “Edward Thring’s philosophy of education was what has become known as an holistic approach – he created the ethos of all-round education which still lives on at Uppingham School today. Edward Thring’s approach to education is as relevant today as it was when he was Headmaster of Uppingham in the mid-19th Century.” His talk will draw extensively on letters and other material recently discovered in archives in both Britain and Canada. It shows just how ground-breaking Edward Thring’s reforms really were.
The Bryan Mathews Lecture The Bryan Mathews Lecture is a bi-annual event with the next lecture scheduled to take place in 2016. The venue, date, speaker and title will be notified as they become available.
Thursday January 8th 7.00 pm - Venue Oakham Castle The George Phillips and Tony Traylen Awards: Presented by Tim Clough Awards for building projects which maintain the traditional built environment of Rutland followed by  - Nick Hill, English Heritage