Recent Lectures

Tue, 10 Nov 2020

Status: CONFIRMED
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87972176494?pwd=SEVUbTE2ODRDT0ttME14Vi9lNTFSQT09
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.

ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87972176494?pwd=SEVUbTE2ODRDT0ttME14Vi9lNTFSQT09

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Tue, 6 Oct 2020

Status: CONFIRMED
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: ZOOM
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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Tue, 7 Apr 2020

Status: CONFIRMED
Start time: 7:45 am
Venue: Kings Arms Barn
Lecturer: Edward Peveler
  • Edward Peveler
  University of OxfordSchool of ArchaeologyVisiting Researcher
I am currently the Landscape Heritage Officer for the Chilterns Conservation Board ‘Beacons of the Past’ project (2018-2021).

I completed my doctorate in 2018 at the University of Oxford School of Archaeology, which explored the technical, economic, logistical, and social aspects of Roman building material production and trade in southern Britain.

Between 2014 and 2017 I worked as Assistant Director of the Discovering Dorchester excavation project, run jointly by the University of Oxford, Oxford Archaeology, and the local community of Dorchester on Thames.

I completed my Bachelors (in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History) and Masters (in Archaeological Science) also at the University of Oxford, producing theses on social and cultural readings of Roman construction techniques at Butrint, Albania, and on the trade of Roman grey coarseware pottery in Oxfordshire, respectively.

About the lecture:

Tue, 3 Mar 2020

Status: Proposed
Start time: 7:45 pm
Venue: The Barn
Lecturer: Graham Twemlow

Locally based, Dr Graham Twemlow writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. An experienced speaker, he has given talks at venues such as the Royal Society of Arts, London, the Grolier Club, New York, Christie’s South Kensington, the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and numerous other venues in the U.K.

About the lecture:

At the outbreak of WW2 an ambitious scheme was set up to employ artists on the home front. The result was a large collection of watercolors and drawings that make up a fascinating record of British lives and landscapes at a time of imminent change. Graham’s talk will tell the story of this enterprising scheme and highlight the works that featured Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire landscapes and landmarks recorded by artists such as John Piper, Walter Bayes, Barbara Jones, Stanley Anderson and William Fairclough.

Many local scenes were recorded, including views of Henley, Stonor, Fingest, and Hurley.

Tue, 4 Feb 2020

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

John Painter is the co-author of “Reading Abbey Abbey and the Abbey Quarter” (Two Rivers Press, 2018) and secretary of the Friends of Reading Abbey.

About the lecture:

Reading Abbey was a leading abbey, the burial place of a king, a royal palace & a Civil War redoubt.

Hear about the impact of the dissolution and its subsequent use as a royal palace, the destruction of the Civil War, and the subsequent re-development of the Abbey Quarter and preservation of the Abbey Ruins up to the present day.

John Painter is the co-author of “Reading Abbey Abbey and the Abbey Quarter” (Two Rivers Press, 2018) and secretary of the Friends of Reading Abbey.