Monthly Talks

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Our Next Monthly Talk

On the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am we hold a historical talk in King John's House. These talks are given by different speakers on a wide variety of topics.
6 November 10.30am Florence Nightingale by Angela Trend Florence Nightingale is widely known as ‘the lady with the lamp’.  Come people know that she lived locally at Embley Park, but what about the rest of her life?  Discover more about Florence’s family life and how she became influential in so many things, including nursing, hospital building and education. Angela Trend, who has lived in the New Forest for many years, has a background in schools and education.  Her interest in local history has  influenced her many talks, her writing and the curation of local exhibitions.  
4 December 10.30am The Medieval Farming Year Mary Harris tells the story of medieval life through the village of Michelmersh    “After reading a lot of Medieval documents about rents and customs in Michelmersh in the Middle Ages I tried to picture what the information actually meant for the villagers. By searching through British and European Manuscript illustrations I have attempted to show what life was like and how the different seasons brought a variety of tasks. In many ways the farming year has not changed but the ways in which seasonal tasks were done certainly has. Although drawn mostly by monks only some of the pictures are serious, some are lighthearted, and some very quirky.”
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 Some of our other 2019Monthly Talks are:.

  • 6th March: Is King John’s House Romsey’s oldest stone built house? - What was its origin, past use and history an illustrated talk by Frank Green
  • 3rd April: The Townswomen’s Guild— After the Vote - A potted history of the Townswomen’s Guild from 1929 in this their 90 anniversary year, given byMargaret Parks
  • 1st May: Drawing on Architecture- a talk on Architectural Illustration by Pete Jarvis
  • 5 June: How did they Build Stonehenge? - a talk by Mark Udall
  • 3 July: A View from the Castle - Scottish History from the tenth century to the present day by Gordon Massie
  • 7 August: The Armada by Commodore Adrian Munns
  • 4 September: Hitler and Me - a personal history of Southampton during the Second World War by Barbara Burbridge
  • 2 October
  • 6 November: Florence Nightingale
  • 4 December: The Medieval Farming Year - Mary Harris tells the story of medieval life through the village of Michelmersh
Below are links to small write-ups on some of the previous talks provided: The Long Bow and its Impact on the Battle of Agincourt, by Stephen Whelan. A Brief Introduction to Heraldry, by Malcolm Heathcote. The Battle of Waterloo, By Stephen Whelan. Behind the Scene at the Museum: A Glimpse of Artefacts in Store by Barbara Burbridge  Bare Necessities: A Talk on Victorian Ladies Underwear by Ruth King The Hundred – A Charles Burnett Film