BCNT  Lectures Programme  2016

February 9th - "History of Spinning"

Members may recall a fascinating talk in September 2014 about Somerset Windmills. By popular request Sarah Harris is returning to give us another of her talks, this time on the history of spinning.

March 8th - a talk by Cotswold Archaeology

Cotswold Archaeology is one of the leading professional archaeological organisations in the country. In recent years, they have been involved with the Beau Street Hoard, the Sulis Meadows preparatory work  and the recent dig in Sawclose.

April 12th - "The SS Great Britain - The Concorde of Her Day"

Commander Philip Unwin, who retired from the Royal Navy in 1996 after a career which included ship command and then moved to the Bristol area that year when he was appointed Deputy Naval Regional Officer, Wales and West of England. He retired for the second time in 2006 and became involved with the ss Great Britain Trust the following year, becoming a Guide and External Speaker in 2008. His
talk covers the conception of the ship, the four phases of her life, her salvage in the Falkland Islands and return to Bristol.


May 10th - AGM followed by "Roman Curses"

After the AGM, Stephen Clews, the curator of the Roman Baths, will talk about Roman Curses (inscribed on tablets in the Baths) using archaeological evidence from the site.

June 14th - "SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity"

SSAFA is the Armed Forces Charity which provided lifelong support for our forces and their families. First established in 1885 the Charity has developed and expanded with the ever changing needs of those they support. The talk will discuss the present day role, the Charity and how it operates to help people and their dependants with links to the Forces who are in need. The talk will also illustrate how you can help SSAFA to find them and improve their lives.

July 12th - "Bath: Commerce in context. Landscape History & Bath"

A talk by Stuart Burroughs, Director of the Bath at Work Museum who will challenge the traditional assumption that the history of Bath can be considered as something separate from its geographical surroundings - its agricultural hinterland, its  topography, geology and ecology. He will argue that these are pivotal to its development.

Aug 9th - "H is for Heritage"

A talk by Ann King. An alphabetical look at small things along our streets, looking up, looking down, that are often missed but are part of our heritage.

September 13th - "The Restoration of Dyrham Park Gardens"

A talk by Dale Dennehy, Gardens and Park Manager at Dyrham Park. He will talk about the restoration of the gardens including the current project to restore the 17th century terraced gardens.


October 11th - "A Taste For Dutch"

This talk by Jennifer Scott from the Holburne Museum will explore the popularity of Dutch 17th century paintings in 19th century Britain, in particular through the collecting practices of Sir William Holburne and King George IV.

November 8th -  "The Ashmeads of Bristol – Maps, Tragedies and Sewers"

An illustrated talk by Alan J Bambury which traces the Ashmead family through the 19th century and details their contributions to the development of Bristol throughout the Victorian era”.