Planned Lectures

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: Tim Healey

About the lecture:

In preparation

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: John Painter

John Painter retired from local government following 28 years working for Reading Borough Council. He has been actively involved in the Friends of Reading Abbey since 2011, supporting the efforts of the council to consolidate the Abbey Ruins and get them reopened to the public, which happened in 2018. He is co-author, with Peter Durrant, of the illustrated guide to Reading Abbey and the Abbey Quarter, published by Two Rivers Press in 2018.

About the lecture:

In his talk, John will review the impact of Reading Abbey on the town of Reading, both in its heyday as a royal Abbey and one of the 10 leading monasteries in the country, through the dissolution and its subsequent use as a royal palace, to the destruction during the Civil War and the subsequent re-development of the Abbey Quarter and preservation of the Abbey Ruins up to the present day.

The talk will show what is still left of the monastic foundation, and the rich architectural heritage of Victorian and C20th developments in the Abbey Quarter.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: Edward Peveler

Currently the Landscape Heritage Officer for the Chilterns Conservation Board ‘Beacons of the Past’ project (2018-2021).

About the lecture:

The results of the UK’s largest ever archaeological LiDAR survey have recently been made publicly available for citizen science analysis. The 1400 km2 survey, covering the Chilterns AONB and its surroundings, records the topography of the landscape in great detail. Any archaeological sites surviving as earthworks, even just a few centimetres high, will be detected, giving us evidence of people living and working in the region from the Neolithic to the 20th Century.

The technique is particularly powerful in wooded landscapes, able to show up sites beneath the tree canopy where the archaeological survey has traditionally been very difficult; with more than 20 % tree coverage, the Chilterns AONB has many secrets to reveal. In this talk Dr. Ed Peveler will be introducing this National Lottery-funded project, explaining more about the survey, letting us know how we can access the data to do our own archaeological exploring, and showing us some of the exciting results that are already emerging.

Dr Ed Peveler is the Landscape Heritage Officer at the Chilterns Conservation Board, responsible for the technical elements of the Beacons of the Past project, and for the development and delivery of volunteering opportunities such as skills workshops. Prior to joining CCB, Ed completed his AHRC-funded DPhil at the University of Oxford, investigating the process of construction and building materials in Roman Oxfordshire. He also worked as Assistant Director of the University of Oxford excavations at the Roman small town of Dorchester-on-Thames between 2014 and 2017 and has excavated at sites in Britain, Italy, Albania, Tunisia, and India.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: Jill Eyers

Jill was a professional geologist who undertook research projects within the UK (Bucks, Berks, Oxfordshire, Cumbria, Norfolk) as well as abroad (Brazil, Northern Spain, Turkey, and the Grenadines). More recently (from 2006) she works as an archaeologist (Director of Chiltern Archaeology). Archaeology projects include the Roman villas at Hambleden in Bucks, Bisham Abbey, Iron Age sites, and Saxons and others at Monks Risborough. Dr. Eyers has been a lecturer for the Open University since 1987 and regularly lectures for other universities, as well as being a publisher of geological guides in the Rocks Afoot series and archaeological books.

About the lecture:

The Chilterns landscape is justly famous but this beautiful area reflects centuries of people working the land, including the woodland, and exploiting resources in an imaginative way.  Jill will describe the rich mixture of work in the Chilterns that has developed through the years from farming and agriculture, woodland industries and furniture making, food processing, mineral extraction, to wartime industries and modern-day industries based around recreation and leisure, plus many others.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Status: Postponed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: Michael Redley

Michael Redley lives in Norman Avenue in Henley. His doctoral work in history was on East Africa in colonial times. He made a career in central government and in statutory agencies concerned with broadcasting and at the University of Oxford. More recently he has returned to his roots in history.  He has published on various topics and teaches courses at the Department for Continuing Education in Oxford on twentieth-century British history and politics.

About the lecture:

Following on from his earlier talks to the Group on the effect on the town of the Boer War of 1899-1902, and the unprecedented victory of the Liberals in the Henley constituency at General Election in 1906, Michael will look in detail at the fabric of the Victorian and Edwardian town. How and why did Henley grow in late Victorian and Edwardian times?  Attention will be given to its public buildings, to the creation of the infrastructure which shaped its development, and to the influences of local government and other local pressure groups on the process.

In particular, Michael will consider the builders who extended Henley southwards, with the New Town, St Andrew’s and St Mark’s Roads developments. They were the work of a close-knit group of families; the Owthwaites, Clements’, Hamiltons, and Wilsons. The heads of these families were remarkable men, often local and from artisan backgrounds, who speculated in land, organised and managed the large construction projects, and became significant property owners, not just in Henley but also in neighbouring towns. Michael’s talk will explore the way the builders were also key figures in the governance and civic life, shaping not just Henley’s physical structure but also its social and political life in the years up to the First World War.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: Professor Mike Fulford

Project Director and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading has been excavating at Silchester since 1974.

About the lecture:

Silchester is the modern name of Roman Calleva Atrebatum and the location of the University of Reading’s Field School, Iron Age Environs Project and Nero at Silchester excavations.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: Paul Lacey

About the lecture:

The activities of independent local bus operators in the early 20th century.

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