Welcome to the Warwickshire Local History Society

Two of our events in early 2019:  1. -- Evening Lecture, Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 8 pm

Dr Lucy Underwood, University of Warwick: 'The Catholic experience and aspects of childhood, in Warwickshire and elsewhere.'

2. Tuesday 19 March 2019, Society AGM (7.15 pm)

Follwed by David Paterson on 'George Eliot and her Warwickshire roots'

IMPORTANT SOCIETY NEWS: Two significant items

  • Change of venue for meetings: our evening meetings from October 2019 will be held  at Aylesford School, near the Stratford Road in Warwick. The move was prompted by the increasing problems parking in central Warwick. We do this with regret, as many of us are fond of the historic building we use. However our new meeting place is modern and well equipped (with ample free parking!), so we are confident that it will be to members' liking. 

  • September 2019: changes in society visit. We have changed the date from 21 to 7 September to avoid clashes (Heritage Open Days 13-22 September). The Coventry Charterhouse is closing for restoration, so instead we will visit two museums in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter (full details to follow). 

And news from elsewhere: 

  • Improved opening hours at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (the largest Shakespeare collection open to the public -- also an important local history repository); the Shakespeare Library and Archive will from 5 March 2019  open on an additional day, i.e. on Tuesdays as well as Wednesdays--Fridays, 9.30 -- 4.30 and Saturday 9.30-12.30.

  • The Hive: Funding Threat to Worcestershire Archives. The news from Worcester is much more concerning, as the Hive (a combined local authority/university archive) is at risk of leaving more than half its funding. The Friends are asking anyone concerned to sign a petition and/or to write in support; please see fuller details here.

Parking in central Warwick: As noted above, this is increasingly challenging; see the official map for information about parking spaces. 

Recent events:

Pre- Christmas Social  1st December-- Visit to British Motor Museum, Gaydon

This was a venture into twentieth-century history, exploring an industry of key significance for our region. In the Museum's impressive building, members enjoyed looking at vehicles from the earliest days of motoring up to some of the latest ‘concept’ vehicles. There were also displays exploring the associated social and cultural history. We also heard a lecture by Stephen Laing, the Museum’s Curator, on ‘Women and the motor car’.    

Tuesday 20 November: ‘Why Birmingham? Why not Coventry, Lichfield or Worcester?' Jacqui Geater offered revealing insights into Tudor society through her research on wills and inventories of property (available as a Dugdale volume). 

Tuesday 16 October: 'Dr John Conolly (1794-1866), physician, reformer and enigma: his years in Warwickshire.' (Read full report here).  

22 September 2018: St Edburgha’s Church and Blakesley Hall Museum, Yardley, Birmingham. We  explored St Edburgha’s Church; a hidden gem in the Yardley Village Conservation Area in eastern Birmingham.  Nearby we had a fascinating tour of  Blakesley Hall.

Saturday 7 July -- Guy’s Cliffe House and Guy’s Cliffe walled garden, Warwick. We explored the ruined Guy’s Cliffe mansion and the attached mediaeval chapel. Later we saw the estate's original kitchen garden, since 2014 undergoing restoration by volunteers associated with the  Guys Cliffe Walled Garden Trust. 

(See events page for fuller details of recent lectures and visits)

Other Information: 

News (local history noticeboard): On our recently added page -- find news about  the  'Living through the English Civil War' project, Geoge Eliot and her bicentenary, the Kenilworth FHS Programme, and the Southam Heritage Collection;  also Newcomen lectures in Birmingham, Research Conversations at Stratford, and details of the fine Radway civil war display. For comprehensive details of Warwickshire events, see our Bulletin.

Publications: A new cumulative Warwickshire Bibliography is now available. See link on 'Publications' page;  please let us know of any errors or omissions. 

The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies. We now charge non-members £3.00 -- refundable on the night when joining the Society!

For enquiries and bookings for forthcoming events, contact Neville Usher, info@warwickshirehistory.org.uk, 01789 205043

Meetings from October to April 8.00pm,
with coffee from 7.30pm,
Friends Meeting House,
39 High Street, Warwick,
CV34 4AX
Link to Google Map of location

For the Society's programme see Events

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