BCNT  Lectures Programme  2019


    All lectures will be held on the ground floor of the Salvation Army Citadel located at the corner of James Street West and Green Park Road. It is opposite Green Park Station. All lectures will be held on the 2nd Tuesday in the month at 2.30pm except March 2019 when it is the third Tuesday. There are no lectures in December & January.

    A charge will be made for all lectures of £3 for members and £5 for visitors.

    February 12th 2019 - "Village Signs"

    How do you know where you are? A sign at the entrance to a village or in its centre will tell you. More than just a name, a village sign may tell you something of the history and show significant buildings of the village. Their variety of forms reflects the imagination of the designer, yet why are they almost universal in eastern counties, but few and far between in the west? This presentation by Ann King shows the variety and some of the background stories of this largely English tradition.

    March 19th 2019 - "World Heritage And Its Importance To The City of Bath".
                            Note this lecture is on the third Tuesday of March.
    Professor Barry Gilbertson is Chairman of the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Site. His talk will cover:
    • What is World Heritage ?
    • World Heritage in Bath
    • Ideas, Inspiration and Issues
    • Greater Community Awareness
    • Bath World Heritage Enhancement Fund
    • Great Spas of Europe
    April 9th 2019 - "'Inspir'd By Freedom': The Remarkable Story Of Catharine Macaulay

    Andrew Swift will tell us about Catharine Macaulay who was one of the most remarkable women of her age – an eminent historian and avowed republican who inspired and influenced both the American and French Revolutions. She was also one of Bath’s most celebrated residents, and in 1777 her 46th birthday was marked by the ringing of the abbey bells and a glittering gala at which the city’s great and good recited specially-composed odes. The following year, however, she shocked Bath society by running off with ‘a stout brawny Scotsman of 21’. Although her reputation in England never recovered, she continued to be honoured abroad, and in 1784 travelled to the United States as the guest of George Washington.

    May 14th 2019 - AGM

    After the AGM we will have an update from Tom Boden, NT General Manager for Dyrham Park, Prior Park Landscape Garden & Bath Assemby Rooms, on the Prior Park dams project and from Deanne Lewis, Head Gardener at Dyrham Park, on the developments in Dyrham Park's gardens.

    June 11th 2019 - to be detailed later

    July 9th 2019 - "A Plague Of Blue Locusts"

    Professor Graham Davis will explain that the "Blue Locusts" refers to the initial unpopularity of a uniformed police force in Britain. Bath was one of the first borough police forces in 1836 established when the city faced economic difficulties from the loss of fashionable society. The council looked to raise the social tone to attract middle-class residents and retirees. Apart from working-class hostility, the Bath Police endured a high turnover of recruits, the misconduct of some of its officers and financial scandal. However, by the end of the century, the police had gained public respect as a professional force.

    August 13th 2019 - A talk by Jim Parkyn From Aardman Animations

    Jim Parkyn has worked as a senior model maker with Aardman since 2000 and has played a part in most productions since then. Credits include "Chicken Run", "Wallace and Gromit", "Shaun the Sheep" and "Creature Comforts". In this talk he will cover the history of Aardman and its classic titles, how the films are made and his own experiences at the company.

    September 10th 2019 - "Richelieu: The Cardinal And His City"
    In this talk Brian Freeland will talk about the role of Cardinal Richelieu in the development of France. In 1585, when Armand-Jean du Plessis (later Cardinal de Richelieu) was born, France existed only as a geographical area: neither language nor law provided any unity. Loyalties were feudal, religious and/or regional. Richelieu dictated both the military strategies which provided France with new defensible borders, and inaugurated the unifying reforms which moulded the state’s own national cultural identity.

    In the process Richelieu discovered the power of cultural propaganda, and sought control of the country’s literary and artistic activities and institutions. Working closely with the royal architect Lemercier, the Cardinal planned buildings of enormous extravagance, including the church at the Sorbonne, where he was proviseur, and the magnificent Chateau and ‘walled town’ on the family estate at Richelieu. The Palais-Cardinal in Paris (later the Palais Royale) included a theatre, and he collected paintings and sculptures by many of the outstanding artists of the time, now on view in Paris, Orleans and Tours. He also founded the Académie Francaise.

    October 8th - "American Garden Meets English Landscape"

    This talk on the making in 2017-18 of the New American Garden at the American Museum is by the Head Gardener Andrew Cannell. Designed by leading American landscape architects, Oehme Van Sweden, the New American Garden is their first European commission and sees the complete redevelopment of a two-and-a-half acre lawn into a bold naturalistic landscape with winding footpaths and colourful perennial borders set against the stunning backdrop of the Limpley Stoke Valley. The garden was opened by Alan Titchmarsh in September 2018.

    November 12th 2019 - "Wildlife Of The Brazilian Pantanal"
    The Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland, located mostly in Brazil but extending into Bolivia and Paraguay. This illustrated talk by Professor Michael Danson will describe our search for the rare and elusive Jaguar, an apex predator with a bite so powerful that it can pierce the skull of the largest Caiman. Along the waterways, we will also see Giant River Otters and the world’s largest rodent, the Capybara, plus a variety of other mammals, a host of beautiful birds, the occasional snake, and many of the 10 million Caiman that live in the Pantanal.