Thursday February 12th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumBurrough Hill Excavations - John Thomas, University of LeicesterBurrough 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 May14th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumRLHRS AGM followed by The Secrets of the Stones - Dr Peter HillThe 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 June18th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumCorby and its Steelworks - Tony RotheryFull details will be available shortly
Thursday July9th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumDiscovering Lost ways - George KeepingA presentation about using archival evidence to help to record and protect our forgotten highways and footpaths.Click to see more details
Thursday September10th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumMuseums and wellbeing - Dr Ceri Jones - Leicester UniversityAre 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 CastleThe Tennants Auctioneers Summer Lecture“Silver 1600 - 1900” - Mark LittlerTickets £10 – including refreshments – available from Tennants Auctioneers, South Street, 01572 724666,firstname.lastname@example.org Rutland County Museum, Camose Street, 01572 758440 (during opening hours).
September - 19th September - 2pm - Venue Ryhall Village HallRyhall Village Visit
Thursday March12th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumFriends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle AGMfollowed by:The Oakham Castle Restoration Project - Speaker TBAFull details will be available shortly
Thursday April9th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumThe Vikings in and around Rutland - Robert and David Saxton- CancelledThe above talk will be replaced with:Rutland's Railways and how they integrated with the national networkby Lawrence Fenelon
Thursday October8th 7.30 pm - Venue Rutland County MuseumField Walking - Elaine Jones/Debbie FrearsonThe 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 MuseumEdward Thring - Nigel RichardsonDr. 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 LectureThe 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 CastleThe George Phillips and Tony Traylen Awards: Presented by Tim CloughAwards for building projects which maintain the traditional built environment of Rutland followed by - Nick Hill, English Heritage