Welcome to the Warwickshire Local History Society
Next event: Evening Lecture on Tuesday 20 November at 8 pm
‘Why Birmingham? Why not Coventry, Lichfield or Worcester? Jacqui Geater will explore the society of pre-industrial Birmingham, using research on local Tudor wills and inventories.
Parking in central Warwick: Please note that this is increasingly challenging; see the official map for information about parking spaces.
Evening Lecture -- Tuesday 16 October: 'Dr John Conolly (1794-1866), physician, reformer and enigma: his years in Warwickshire.'
The first autumn talk was from Dr John Wilmot (Vice-Chairman of WLHS). This explored the life and work of Dr John Conolly (1794-1866), physician, reformer and one-time resident of Stratford and Warwick. He is best known for introducing more humane care of the mentally ill, but the lecture concentrated on his earlier period in Warwickshire. In Stratford he co-founded a dispensary to treat the sick poor in 1823 and became mayor in 1825. After a difficult period teaching at London University (1828-31), he settled in Warwick, writing, lecturing and practising medicine. He spoke at Mechanics' institutes locally and elsewhere, co-founded the county's Naural History and Archaeology Society, and was an active Shakespearean However he remains a controversial and rather enigmatic figure. (Read fuller report here).
22 September 2018: St Edburgha’s Church and Blakesley Hall Museum, Yardley, Birmingham. We explored St Edburgha’s Church; a hidden gem minutes from the busy A45, yet with a distinctly rural feel. Several nearby village buildings evoke the thriving community of medieval and later times. We were told about the patron, St Edburgha, grand-daughter of King Alfred; the building itself has intriguing features including Katherine of Aragon’s door and a mysterious ‘lost’ underground crypt. Ongoing restoration efforts includie the roof and stained glass windows.
Close by we saw Blakesley Hall, now part of Birmingham Museums. Richard Smalbroke, a leading Birmingham merchant, built this timber-framed house in 1590. The furnishings, based on a 17th century inventory, reflect the lifestyle of a wealthy Tudor and Stuart family. We had a fascinating tour that ended all too soon.
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)
News (local history noticeboard): On our recently added page -- find news about a new 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.
Outings for 2018 (details of the Christmas outing on 1st December are now available). Download Invitation.
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, email@example.com, 01789 205043
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Meetings from October to April 8.00pm,
with coffee from 7.30pm,
Friends Meeting House,
39 High Street, Warwick,
Link to Google Map of location
For the Society's programme see Events
The Society's twice-yearly news bulletin includes contains society news and details of forthcoming local history lectures.
Read the latest Bulletin