Our Next Monthly Talk
On the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am and then again at 2.30pm we hold a historical talk in King John’s House. These talks are given by different speakers on a wide variety of topics.
This talk relates to two occasions when the aristocracy and landed gentry of the country were alarmed by the possible threats of civil unrest and foreign aggression. The necks of the aristocracy certainly felt vulnerable as the French Revolution loomed perilously close, followed by the ascendancy of Napoleon. Parliament encouraged all towns to raise bands of volunteers – the Home Guard of their day. Later, as the 1850s drew to a close, there was more unrest and war-like activities on the Continent; and once again local men were called on to volunteer ‘in defence of the realm’.
‘Professor Roger Leech will talk about the history of portraying archaeological sites or ‘antiquities’ on the maps of the Ordnance Survey, the work of the archaeological staff, notably Crawford and Phillips, the specialist historical maps, the national card index and its computerisation as ‘Pastscape’, all drawing on his own experiences as head of the Ordnance Survey’s new archaeological office set up by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England at Green Lane, Maybush, in 1984.’
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Our 2018 Monthly Talks are as follows:
- 3rd January: Romsey Poor, Romsey Workhouse – by Colin Moretti will be giving his talk again this January as so many people were unable to get in last time
- 7th February: The Stonehenge Landscape – 5000 years of human history a talk by Mark UdallThis talk explores the development and use of the Stonehenge landscape, through its Neolithic origins to the present day. The journey examines some of the theories associated with the purpose and construction of the monument and the myths and legends that have grown up around this iconic place.
- 7th March: Romsey and Royalty from time immemorial – by Barbara Burbridge
- 5th April: The British Expedition to Abyssinia – 150 year on by David Bowman
- 2nd May: The Palace of Versailles – its rise and fall by Gordon Massie
- 6th June: In Defence of the Realm – the Dad’s Army of 19th Century Romsey by Barbara Burbridge
- 4th July: Archaeology on the maps of the Ordnance Survey by Professor Roger Leech
- 1st August: Will’s Nursery, Romsey’s Tomatoes by Phoebe Merrick
Below are links to small write-ups on some of the previous talks provided: