BCNT Lectures  Programme  2014

February 11th  “Post World War II Architecture in Bath” 
Lyndon Hughes will talk about the significant destruction of areas of Bath during the blitz of 1942, the repairs that followed and the demolition of lesser buildings initially for bomb clearance reasons and then under the banner of slum clearance. This demolition for development was followed by the erection of some hideous buildings until people started to protest in the early 1970’s. The publication of Adam Fergusson’s book “The Sack of Bath”  brought this to the nation’s attention and the balance changed to conservation.

March 11th “A Day in the Life of a Beekeeper”

Malcolm Jago will give us an informative and humorous talk about his 50 years as a beekeeper. We will be able to look inside a hive and hear all about the life of bees.

April 8th  “Filming Life on Earth”

Martin Saunders was a member of the BBC Bristol Film Unit in 1973 and until 1992 he was employed there as a Film Cameraman, filming many types of programmes ranging from Drama and Light Entertainment to Documentary, News and Current Affairs and Natural History when his experience in underwater and aerial photograph became very useful.  His talk is a background to the first major Natural History series “Life on Earth” by David Attenborough.  Personal experiences during the filming including dangerous moments and difficulties. Video sequences include lionesses hunting, wildebeeste, howler monkeys and gorillas

May 13th AGM & "Bath Cats & Dogs Home"
The AGM will be followed by a talk by Caroline Thompson on the work of Bath Cats & Dogs Home.

This is a late change to the published lecture.

June 10th “Where did they come from and how did they get here?”
Helen Schofield will give a light hearted overview of the introduction of trees and plants to the UK.  There are only 35 native trees in the UK yet at Westonbirt there are over 3,000 species.  What factors influenced their introduction?

July  8th "The Two Tunnels Project"
 Frank Tompson from Sustrans will explain that The Two Tunnels Greenway is a traffic free shared-use path, that now connects Bath to the Midford Valley, following the track-bed of the former Somerset and Dorset Railway. The idea came from the local community-based Two Tunnels Group which worked in partnership with Sustrans and BathNES Council to turn the idea into reality. Campaigning started in 2006 and the path was opened in April 2013; one of 79 schemes comprising the Sustrans 'Connect2' programme to develop new walking and cycle routes around the UK.

The presentation will describe how the project went from start to completion, some interesting features along the route, and remaining challenges.

August 12th "Chew Valley before the Lake"
Lesley Ross describes the Chew Valley as it was before it was flooded to provide a reservoir for the Bristol and Bath area. She will explain why and how the reservoir was built along with a mention of some of the archaeology discovered during its construction, concluding by discussing some of the changes which have occurred since the formation of the lake.

September 9th "Somerset Windmills"
Sarah Harris will give us a slide show explaining the history of wind milling in Somerset. Mills here were of a distinctive size and type, and we look at them in the wider context of the social and economic history of the area. Wind millers have their own place in history, and we will look at some singular characters who evoke the spirit of a bygone rural way of life.

Sarah has been interested in windmills since the 1970s, and has explored mills in Sussex and Kent. Upon moving to Somerset, she was inspired by the very different windmills found in the West Country, and saw that there is a distinct local tradition and context for mills away from the more densely populated South East. Her slide show is the result of research in libraries and out in the field, ordnance survey map in hand, to see what survives of these extraordinary buildings now.

October 14th “Tales from Bath Archives”
Colin Johnston, the Bath City Archivist will share some of the many stories he has uncovered over the years in which he has had care of Bath’s historic records.

November 11th "Cars and Clocks - the Horstman Family of Bath"
Stuart Burroughs, Director of the Museum of Bath at Work will explain that from a small workshop in Bennett Street German émigré clock and watchmaker Gustav Horstmann established a business, carried on by his family, which would develop into two of Bath’s most inventive and successful firms - the Horstmann Gear Company and Horstmann Cars.

December 12th Xmas Lunch
This will be held at Cumberwell Park, near Bradford on Avon see their website Cumberwell Park

For members and their guests only. Booking opens mid August 2014 and is essential.