Past Talks by Visiting Speakers

Year Subject Speaker
08/03/1989 1 Talk on genealogy Miss Weinstock
04/07/1989 3 Village houses Miss Cunnington
08/11/1989 4 Sport in Regency Dorset Dr Dennis Brailsford
16/03/1990 1  Recent excavations in Dorchester Sue Davies
13/06/1990 3 Cerne Workhouse Elizabeth Cockburn
12/09/1990 4 Under the Greenwood Tree Gerald Pitman
16/11/1990 5 History of St Mary’s Cerne Abbas Vivian Vale
18/03/1991 1 Why Bridport? A history of rope-making  Anthony Sanctuary
02/07/1991 3 Glimpses of the Past 1540-1890 Neale Dawe
11/09/1991 4 Halstock Roman Villa Ron Lucas
20/11/1991 5 Dorset Regiment 1702-1990 Major Saunders
1992 unavailable
1993 unavailable
1994 1 Letters from a Black Tin Trunk Pam McClintock
1994 4 Historic Dorset from the Air Francesca Radcliffe & Dennis Brailsford
1994 6 Dorchester in its Roman Context Sue Davies
1995 1 Soldiers of Dorset from 1700 Maj. John Boulton
1995 2 Horse Drawn Vehicles Large and Small Gordon Hatherill
1995 5 Six Digby Brothers at Sherborne Castle Ann Smith
1995 6 Dorset Races in the C18th Dennis Brailsford
1995 7 Local Archaeology and Identification of Finds Peter Woodward
1996 1 White Horses and Giants; In Search of Hill Figures David Miles
1996 2 The Home Guard in Cerne Patricia Vale
1996 6 Smuggling in Dorset Dr Jim Davies
1996 7 Cerne Valley Railway (that never happened) Gordon Bartlet
1997 1 Excavations in the Donyatt Potteries 1966 to 1992 Richard Coleman-Smith
1997 2 Demonstration of Roman & Celtic Dress John Smith and Ian Groves
1997 4 150 years of Dorchester Railways Terry Hearing
1997 6 Touchyng Witchcrafte & Sorcerye Dr Jim Davies
1997 7 Medieval Wall Paintings Katherine Barker
1997 8 The Other Dorchester Abbey Ray Nichols
1998 1 Roman Law Keith Perryman
1998 2 History of Wareham Lilian Ladle
1998 3 Medieval Kingcombe Alan Hunt
1998 5 Bevin Boys Warwick Bridgewater-Taylor
1998 7 Travels in Tudor Blackmore with an upside-down map Katherine Barker
1999 2 Dorset Country Houses Bob Machin
1999 4 Ancient Water Meadows Peter Higgins
1999 6 Life Afloat with Nelson Geoff Hunt
1999 7 Two Sheridan Women Dr Alan Chedzoy
1999 8 Inner Sanctums –Private Business Cindy Chant
2000 1 The Durotriges-Dorset in the Iron Age William Putman
2000 2 Medieval Pilgrims Linda Poulsen
2000 3 Two years in Cerne, the Diary of a School Mistress, 1908 to 1910 Elizabeth Brassington
2000 5 William Barnes, his Life and Poems in the Dorset Dialect Dr David Strawbridge
2000 6 Listening to the Dorset Sound Archives Deborah Stevenson
2000 8 Sherborne and Yeovil, a tale of two towns Katherine Barker
2000 9 Living off the Sweat of Other Men’s Brows –history of early shops in Dorset Bob Machin
2000 10 The Salvage of  SS Great Britain from the Falklands Malcolm McCleod
2001 1 The History and Workings of White Mill at Kingston Lacy Colin Cope
2001 2 The Rise of Religious non-conformity in Dorset in the 17th & 18th C Dr David Reeve
2001 3 Fogs, Dogs and Logs Ian Andrew
2001 4 History through the Auctioneer’s Eye Garry Batt
2001 7 The Medieval Sound Part1 Jonathan Weekes
2001 9 Early Dorset on Film Trilith (now Windrose)
2001 10 Morris Dancing –its origins and development D Byfleet
2002 1 The Dorset Landscape –its character and distinctiveness Richard Burden
2002 2 Herbs and the History of Medicine Rev’d KS Timbrell
2002 3 Dorchester Bypass –excavations and revelations Roland Smith
2002 4 History and Role of the Dorset Lieutenancy Capt Michael Fulford-Dobson
2002 6 The Fun of Family History Colin Dean
2002 8 The 1831 ‘Swing’ Riots in Dorset – a story of agricultural revolt Bob Machin
2002 9 The Swanage Steam Railway Peter Foster
2003 1 Dorset World Heritage Status Coast –our Jurassic Jewel Tim Badman
2003 2 Five Generations of Churchills at Minterne Elizabeth Churchill-Snell
2003 3 Some Dorset Curiosities Rob Curtis
2003 4 Dorchester in the early 17thC- a society divided Terry Hearing
2003 6 Dorset writers –a literary collage Liz Merry
2003 8 Wash Day Blues – a woman’s work is never done! Thelma John
2003 9 Dangerous and Difficult Times: Sherborne, Cerne, the Vikings and Last Things Katherine Barker
2004 1 The Farming Heritage of Godmanstone – Farming past and present Will and Pam Best
2004 2 Dorset Maps and Mapmakers Dr David Reeve
2004 3 The 1830 Reform Act and its Impact on Dorset – The Georgian Election Dance! Jill Pope
2004 4 Dorset Customs and Folklore –traditions and superstitions Sue Harman
2004 6 Medieval Sound Part 2 Jonathan Weekes
2004 8 The See of Wessex –kings and bishops 634AD Ray Nichols
2004 9 Music in the Victorian Home –how it all began Gordon Bartlet
2005 1 A Portrait of Cerne a 100 years ago Patricia Vale
2005 2 How to Trace the History of your house Jenny Potter
2005 3 Anglo-Zulu Wars of 1879 Peter Smith/George M
2005 4 Receiver of Wreck – dealing with Wreckage and salvage Sophia Exelby
2005 5 Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 Paul Pickering
2005 7 A Hazy History of Port Colin Anderson
2005 8 West Country Parsons Jill Bryant
2005 9 Dorset and Trafalgar Terry Hearing
2005 10 It’s a Grave Business – a Dead Interesting Dorset! Rob & Cindy Curtis
2006 1 Roman Dorset – Recording our  Historic Landscape Nick Griffiths
2006 2 Another Look at the Making of Cerne Abbey Katherine Barker
2006 3 The Tolpuddle Martyrs Peter Welton
2006 5 The Dorset Agricultural Labourer Bonny Sartin (Yetties)
2006 6 The Hall & Woodhouse Story Mark Woodhouse
2006 7 House Detectives – Some Cerne Houses George M. and  Karen Handley
2006 8 Dorset Customs & Folklore at Christmas Sue Herman
2007 1 The Book of Cerne Dr Michelle Brown
2007 2 Farming in Godmanstone Will Best
2007 3 Prisons and Punishment in Dorset Stuart Ware
2007 5 Dorset Village Carriers Roger Grimley
2007 7 Bagpipes – history and tradition Logan Smith
2007 8 Sherborne School Dr Hugh Ridgeway
2007 9 Exploring CHS website Karen Handley
2008 1 Poole Pottery Paul Atterbury
2008 2 Echoes of Dorset Dr Richard Hall
2008 3 Abbotsbury Peter Laurie
2008 4 Geology at Cerne plus walkabouts John Charman
2008 5 Bridport& its rope making heritage Richard Sims
2008 7 St Mary’s Church Frank Hamblin
2008 8 Dorset Historic Towns Survey Peter Bellamy
2008 9 Verwood Pottery Penny Copland-Griffiths
2009 1 Aelfric 1st Abbot of Cerne Tom Shippey
2009 2 HMS Trincomalee Richard Warren
2009 3 Gloving in and around Yeovil Jean Harper
2009 4 Historic Gardens of Dorset Patrick Taylor
2009 5 Literary Dorset Liz Merry
2009 8 History of Mapperton Lord Sandwich
2009 10 Wessex essays Llewellyn Powis Frank Kibblewhite
2009 11 West Country Quakers Mick Atkinson
25/02/2010 1 Manor Houses of Cerne Una Russell and AudreyGrindrod
25/03/2010 2 Alton Pancras -researching a typical rural village Colin Dean
22/04/2010 3 Mary Anning —Fossil pioneer Daphne Baker
27/05/2010 5 The folksongs of Dorset The Yetties
24/06/2010 6 Ciderland James Crowden
23/09/2010 8 Portland Quarry Industry John Reay
28/10/2010 10 BBC films “ Away in a Village”
Cerne at Christmas 1974
25/11/2010 11 The Clarke family of Cerne Peter Clarke
03/03/2011 2 The Giant, its history and management George Mortimer and Rob Rhodes
24/03/2011 3 History of Dukes and major finds Garry Batt
28/04/2011 4 History of witch hunting in the SW Andrew Pickering
26/05/2011 5 George Digby-a Victorian land owner Ann Smith
30/06/2011 7 The Tolkien Phenomenon Tom Shippey
22/09/2011 9 Sir Ernest Debenham and Briants puddle Anne King
27/10/2011 10 Dorset Place Names Anthony Poulton-Smith
24/11/2011 11 William Cuming 18th century physician Dr Peter Down
23/02/2012 2 The Spirit of Place in Dorset Paul Pickering
29/03/2012 3 Churches of the Cerne Valley Gordon Le Pard
26/04/2012 4 Frampton: 4000 years of History Doreen Smith
31/05/2012 6 T.S. Eliot and East Coker Henry Merritt
28/06/2012 7 The Ridgway Hill Excavations David Score
27/09/2012 9 The People’s Poet: William Barnes Dr Alan Chedzoy
25/10/2012 10 Dorchester Museum, Past, Present, Future Jon Murden
29/11/2012 11 Necropolis Railway and other unlikely events Jonathan Still
28/03/2013 2 Cerne Abbey Geophysical Survey Jonathan Monteith
25/04/2013 4 The Dorset Yeomanry Captain Colin Parr
23/05/2013 5 Edward Peacham —
Puritan and Traitor?
Charles Bird
27/06/2013 6 Lawrence of Arabia and Clouds Hill David Score
26/09/2013 8 History of the Drax family Jane Ferentzi—Shepherd
24/10/2013 9 Women of Dorset in World War I Kate Adie
28/11/2013 10 Tolpuddle Martyrs Anne King
23/01/2014 1 AGM and Exhibition of Living History
27/02/2014 2 Ship to Shore: Dorset Landscape and Marine Painter John Everett Gwen Yarker
27/03/2014 3 Living Stones: Highlights in the History of Sherborne Abbey Canon Eric Woods
24/04/2014 4 Dorset Shipwrecks Gordon Le Pard
22/05/2014 5 The day Dorchester was invaded by the Germans Brian Bates
26/06/2014 8 in the Footsteps of Treves – Cerne Abbas Steve White
25/09/2014 10 Kingston Lacy: an Undiscovered History David Smith
23/10/2014 11 Lest we forget: Cerne Abbas and those who died in the Great War George Mortimer and Duncan Fergusson
27/11/2014 12 Dorset Folk Tales Tim Laycock
22/01/2015 1 AGM and Lest we forget exhibition
26/02/2015 2 Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta Canon Edward Probert
26/03/2015 3 700 years: a Prison in Dorchester Ed Wilson
28/05/2015 4 The Monmouth Uprising John Lello
25/06/2015 5 Raleigh to Religion: Weymouth and the New World Dr. Anne Collier
24/09/2015 7 The Community at Hilfield and the Little Commonwealth Judith Stinton
22/10/2015 8 The Saxon Minster at Charminster John Askew
26/11/2015 9 The Druce Farm Roman Villa Excavation Lilian Ladle
25/02/2016 1 Raleigh’s (Rest)oration   Ros and Piers Rawson
24/03/2016 2 When Railway Mania came to Dorset  Jerry Bird
28/04/2016 3 The Copy of the 1225 Magna Carta in the Cartulary of Cerne Abbey David Carpenter
26/05/2016 4 Bushes Bottom, the Curious Story of a Forgotten Farmstead Will Best
30/06/2016 5 Black Saturday: Reflections on the First Day of the Somme 1st July 1916 John Bourne
22/09/2016 6 The History of Fordington David Forrester
27/10/2016 7 The Life of Frederick Harvey Darton – Cerne’s forgotten chronicler Liz Merry and Tom Shippey
24/11/2016 8 The Giant: Prehistoric or More Recent?  The 1996 Symposium  Revisited Katherine Barker
23/02/2017 1 The Lost Village of Tyneham Paul Fancy
23/03/2017 2 The Roman Army in Dorset: Finds, Facts and Fiction John Smith
27/04/2017 3 Dorchester and its Brewery: The Life and Times of Eldridge Pope Jeremy Pope
25/05/2017 4 Beatrice: A Kingston Lacy Housemaid David Smith
22/06/2017 5 The Geology of Cerne Abbas and its Influence on the Character of the Village. (Guided walks to follow) John Charman
28/09/2017 7 The Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1536 to 1540 George Bernard
26/10/2017 8 Milestones and other Waymarkers around Dorset Mike Faherty
23/11/2017 9 The Bristol Slave Trade Mick Atkinson
22/02/2018 2 The Wicked Squire of Holnest Luke Mouland
22/03/2018 3 An Imaginary Walk through 17th Century Dorchester Brian Bates
26/04/2018 4 The Romans in West Dorset: What we can still see today Steve Wallis
28/06/2018 6 Catherine Granville’s Diary: Cerne’s Edwardian School ma’am Jonathan Still
27/09/2018 8 The History of Nether Cerne Ed Gallia
25/10/2018 9 A History of Kingston Maurward Tim Loasby
22/11/2018 10 The Dorset Regiment on the Western Front 1914-1918 Chris Copson
28/02/2019 2 Finding Pitt-Rivers: The life of Augustus Lane-Fox Pitt Rivers Adrian Green
28/03/2019 3 The Wreck of the Halsewell Philip Browne