Other Events Across the County

(programmes of local groups and societies)

Although every effort is made to keep this list up to date, changes sometimes have to be made to published programmes by local history groups and we are not always made aware of them.  In addition, a lot of history societies are postponing their programme of talks at the moment due to the Coronavirus.  We therefore strongly recommend double-checking with individual societies before attending one of these events, to avoid disappointment.  You will be able to find contact details for these societies on our 'OTHER SOCIETIES' webpage, or by an internet search.

Monday 23 May 2022

Leamington History Group, Oddfellows Hall, New Street, Leamington, 7.30 pm.“The Toone Family in USA”, with Helen Pendery and Darlene Odenwalders

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Stoneleigh History Society, Stoneleigh Village Hall, 7.30 pm. Eric Lawley on Chedham’s Yard, Wellesbourne

Wednesday 25 May 2022

Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections.  A Series of lectures organised by Coventry University.   

A series of free, online workshops.

Workshop 1: Collected, Curated, Other? 10 am

As anyone who has perused the contents of an archival catalogue entry for ‘family papers’ will be aware, family collections can contain a huge variety of material, from carefully arranged and annotated family books to piles of unlabelled receipts and old silk shoes. How should we understand the sheer variety of ‘stuff’ which comprises these collections? What ‘hierarchy of value’ enables us to sort the significant and deliberate safekeeping of certain items from seemingly chaotic accumulations of clutter? And is there any merit in doing so?

Speakers: Dr Katie Barclay (University of Adelaide) and Dr Liesbeth Corens (Queen Mary, London)

For more information and to book a place please visit Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections (eventsforce.net)

Sunday 29 May 2022

Guided Tour and 3 course meal at Guy's Cliffe House.  Experience something different this summer with a fascinating guided tour across Warwick's hidden gem that is rarely open to the public, noted for its ancient history and intrigue. The tour will last for an hour and a half and covers inside Guy's Cliffe House and around the beautiful grounds. Included is a pre-ordered three course meal, which you can enjoy before or after the tour in the historic dining hall. To find out more visit Guided tour and 3 course meal at Guy's Cliffe House Tickets, Warwick | Eventbrite

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Alcester and District Local History Society, St Benedict's High School, Alcester, 7.30 pm.  Ginny Davis on From the Pillory to the Prison Cell.

Wednesday 8 June 2022

Protestant Missions and European Empires: Allies or Adversaries, Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity (History of Religion), 6pm, Museum of London/ Online or Watch Later

By the later eighteenth century, Protestant countries’ empires were spreading across the globe but Protestant churches were wriggling free of state control. What were the lessons from the early history of the missionary movement, and how did they underpin the wave of imperialism that followed? The missions’ later success depended on their increasing freedom from political control and their readiness to act independently; but also on the deep imperial assumptions they had imbibed.  Find out more: Protestant Missions and European Empires: Allies or Adversaries? (gresham.ac.uk)

Thursday 9 June 2022

Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society, Halse Pavilion, Warwick School, 7.30pm: Andrew Baxter, The Edge Hill Light Railway

Monday 13 June 2022

Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society, Senior Citizens’ Club at 7:30pm for a prompt 7:45pm start: Carole Preston on The Early Ferrers family, 1010 – 1517.

Tuesday 14 June 2022

Inigo Jones and the Architecture of Necessity, Simon Thurley, Provost of Gresham College, 6pm, Museum of London/ Online or Watch later

Inigo Jones is the architect best-known for the Banqueting House on Whitehall, one of the icons of British state architecture. He is less well known for the domestic buildings, the ‘architecture of necessity’ commissioned by the early Stuart monarchs and their consorts, most of which have been demolished and forgotten. New research into Jones's work for the early Stuarts throws new light on architecture and court life especially in the 1630s in the lead up to Civil War. To find out more: Inigo Jones and the Architecture of Necessity (gresham.ac.uk)

Friday 17 June 2022

Bidford and District History Society, Crawford Hall, Bidford on Avon, 7.30 pm. Roy Smart Abdication of Edward VIII

Monday 27 June 2022

Leamington History Group, Oddfellows Hall, New Street, Leamington, 7.30 pm. “Fetch the Engine!” – A history of firefighting in Warwickshire, with Mike Bunn

Sunday 26 June 2022

Guided Tour and 3 course meal at Guy's Cliffe House.  Experience something different this summer with a fascinating guided tour across Warwick's hidden gem that is rarely open to the public, noted for its ancient history and intrigue. The tour will last for an hour and a half and covers inside Guy's Cliffe House and around the beautiful grounds. Included is a pre-ordered three course meal, which you can enjoy before or after the tour in the historic dining hall. To find out more visit Guided tour and 3 course meal at Guy's Cliffe House Tickets, Warwick | Eventbrite

Wednesday 13 July 2022

Alcester and District Local History Society, St Benedict's High School, Alcester, 7.30 pm.  topic to be decided

Wednesday 20 July 2022

Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections.  A Series of lectures organised by Coventry University.   

A series of free, online workshops.

Workshop 2: Objects as Archive 4 pm

Are archives always comprised of documents and papers? Can we read collections of pictures and material objects as ‘archives’ – and, if so, what are the implications of thinking about ‘archives’ in such an open-ended way?

Speaker: Prof Jill Journeaux (Coventry University)

For more information and to book a place please visit Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections (eventsforce.net)

Monday 25 July 2022

Leamington History Group, Oddfellows Hall, New Street, Leamington, 7.30 pm.“Tennis the Leamington Way”, with Norman Hyde

Wednesday 10 August 2022

Alcester and District Local History Society, St Benedict's High School, Alcester, 7.30 pm. Dr Stanley Ireland on The South Warwickshire Coin Hoard (provisional).

Monday 12 September 2022

Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society, Senior Citizens’ Club at 7:30pm for a prompt 7:45pm start: John Chester on Coventry in the Civil War.

Tuesday 13 September 2022

Lapworth Local History Group, Lapworth Village Hall, 7.45pm:  Robert Bearman on Marie Corelli

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Alcester and District Local History Society, St Benedict's High School, Alcester, 7.30 pm.  Peter Coulls & Allan Jennings on The Warwick & Leamington Tramway.

Friday 16 September 2022

Kineton and District History Society, Kineton Village Hall, 7.30 pm: Norman Hyde, Tennis the Leamington Way

Thursday 22 September 2022

Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections.  A Series of lectures organised by Coventry University.   

A series of free, online workshops.

Workshop 3: Absence in the Archive 4 pm

Perhaps as significant as what appears in any surviving collection are the myriad items which do not. Whether through the deliberate destruction of censorious relatives or marauding troops or accidental loss to mice, fire, and floods, most collections contain traces of absence: ‘shadow’ items which they once contained, but which are no longer there. How does the knowledge of destruction inform our reading of what survives, and what are the possible research avenues that lie in such absences?

Speaker: Dr Imogen Peck (Coventry University)

For more information and to book a place please visit Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections (eventsforce.net)

Tuesday 27 September 2022

Stoneleigh History Society, Stoneleigh Village Hall, 7.30 pm. Tony Merrygold of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust at Gaydon, on 100 years of Jaguar Daimler

Monday 10 October 2022

Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society, Senior Citizens’ Club at 7:30pm for a prompt 7:45pm start: Sheila Woolf Queen Victoria and the People’s Park

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Alcester and District Local History Society, St Benedict's High School, Alcester, 7.30 pm.  Laurence Thatcher & Trevor Wraight The Man who Put Roman Alcester on the Map

Friday 21 October 2022

Kineton and District History Society, Kineton Village Hall, 7.30 pm: Roy Smart, David Beatty: The Last Naval Hero

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Stoneleigh History Society, Stoneleigh Village Hall, 7.30 pm. David Freke of Kineton History Society on Scratching the Surface – medieval graffiti in Warwickshire churches

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Lapworth Local History Group, Lapworth Village Hall, 7.00pm: Graham Sutherland on Curious Clerics

Wednesday 9 November 2022

Alcester and District Local History Society, St Benedict's High School, Alcester, 7.30 pm. David Freke.  Scratching the Surface: Medieval Graffiti in Warwickshire Churches (provisional)

Friday 18 November 2022

Kineton and District History Society, Kineton Village Hall, 7.30 pm : Rosemary Collier, The History of the Royal Horticultural Research Institute, Wellesbourne

Tuesday 22 November 2022

Lapworth Local History Group, Lapworth Village Hall, 7.45pm: Caroline Rann on Kings High School Site Archaeology Update

Wednesday 23 November 2022

Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections.  A Series of lectures organised by Coventry University.   

A series of free, online workshops.

Workshop 4: Archives into Institutions 4 pm

Whether through sale, loan, or donation, many family collections are eventually transferred into museums, local record offices, and other institutions. Under the care of professional archivists they are preserved, catalogued, and made accessible to an audience beyond the family who compiled them. Which items do families seek to pass on, why, and how might these familial bequests shape national narratives? What is gained – and lost – in the migration from the home to the record office?

Speaker: Dr Ann-Marie Foster (Northumbria University)

For more information and to book a place please visit Approaching the (Family) Archive: Challenges and Reflections (eventsforce.net)

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Stoneleigh History Society, Stoneleigh Village Hall, 7.30 pm. John Purcell on Earlsdon’s Lost Industrial Heritage

Friday 9 December 2022

Kineton and District History Society, Kineton Village Hall, 7.30 pm, Dr Richard Churchley, Christmas Songs Through the Ages

Wednesday 14 December 2022

Alcester and District Local History Society, St Benedict's High School, Alcester, 7.30 pm. Mary Bodfish, From Christmas Past to Christmas Present

Thursday 15 December 2022

Stoneleigh History Society, Stoneleigh Village Hall, 7.30 pm Christmas Social