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Stukeley Memoirs Project Volume 2

SGS is pleased to release Volume 2 of William Stukeley’s Memoirs of the Royal Society.

Volume 2 spans the period from to April 1742, when Stukeley ‘quitted [his] house in Glocester street, & retired,  for alltogether, to Stamford’. Yet in February 1748 he returned to London as Rector of St George the Martyr in Queen Square. Stukeley would remain in London until his death in 1765.

William Stukeley’s drawings of two ancient Egyptian urns carved in the figures of Isis and Osiris

Among the notable topics in Volume 2 are the early horological works of Benjamin Harrison; the discovery of the polypus or hydra; and a prototype canon capable of firing 20 balls in quick succession, a precursor of the machine gun. Volume 2 also introduces readers to the important but short-lived Egyptian Society, of which Stukeley was an associate member.

We hope you enjoy reading Volume 2.

The Editors

Dr Dustin M. Frazier Wood, SGS Librarian

Dr Mandy Topp, u3a Research and Shared Learning Coordinator (East Midlands)

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Stukeley Memoirs Project Volume 1

SGS is pleased to release the first volume of William Stukeley’s Memoirs of the Royal Society in an open access digital edition created by SGS and u3a members over the past year. Tremendous thanks go to the 36 volunteers who gave their time and energy to the project.

Title page of William Stukeley, Memoirs of the Royal Society, vol. 1

William Stukeley (1687-1765) was a physician, clergyman and antiquary, and one of the founders of what is now known as archaeology. Born in Holbeach, Stukeley was a long-time friend of Maurice Johnson and joined the SGS in 1722. Although Stukeley rarely attended SGS meetings, he remained a regular and active correspondent for the next four decades. Along with letters to Johnson and the SGS, he contributed books, sketches, specimens and the five manuscript volumes of the Memoirs.

Stukeley compiled the Memoirs to document the activities of the Royal Society, Britain’s premier scientific body. Covering the years 1740 to 1751, the Memoirs provide an entertaining first-hand account of a pivotal period in the history of science in Britain. As a narrative written for friends and fellow SGS members, they also provide insights into the politics and personalities of Britain’s scientific community.

Engaging, informative and often funny, Stukeley’s Memoirs allow us to imagine the early life of both the Royal Society and the SGS through the words and drawings of one of their most remarkable members.

We hope you enjoy reading Volume 1. Further volumes will appear on the SGS website over the coming months.

The Editors

Dr Dustin M. Frazier Wood, SGS Librarian

Dr Mandy Topp, u3a Research and Shared Learning Coordinator (East Midlands)

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Words Quiz Results

Many thanks to all who took part in the latest Society quiz – the results are now in.

A total of £205 was raised, which is a great achievement.

Also, a special thank you to those that donated a bit of extra money. All proceeds go to the Society.

There were two people sharing first and second prize, with 197 points out of a possible 200.

They were:

C Chantler from Bath

J Baker from Chesterfield

The £5 random prize was won by S Gernert of Spalding

Congratulations to the winners, and again thank you for taking part.

All emails and SAE’s have been sent out with the results.

 

Dave

SGS Member

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Word Quiz

New SGS Charity Quiz

I know that the previous ‘General Knowledge’ quiz has only just finished but I thought, due to the Coronavirus and those Society members and your friends who are self isolating, or just spending much more time at home over the coming months, a new quiz would help pass the time.

It is a word quiz, based on the three letters ‘SGS’.

Please email quiz.sgs@gmail.com and you will be emailed the quiz and instructions, or download a copy from the following link: SGS Word Quiz  Please consider printing the pages back to back, to save paper, and in black & white to save ink.

You will also be able to purchase a copy from Bookmark in Spalding.

It will be the usual £1 entry fee, and the usual prizes of £20 first, £10 second, and a £5 random prize.

The closing date will be the 1st August 2020, so plenty of time to exercise those brain cells.

 

Stay safe everyone.

Many thanks,

Dave

Lanternist and Quiz Setter

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General Knowledge Quiz Results

General Knowledge Quiz Results
Many thanks to all who took part in the latest Society quiz – the results are now in!
There were two people sharing first and second prize:
C Chantler from Bath
J Baker from Chesterfield
The £5 random prize was won by L Golding of Ashford.
A total of £242.50 was raised, which is a great achievement.

SGS Symposium: Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in Lincolnshire and the Fens

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The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in Lincolnshire and the Fens

Given the current government advice on the coronavirus pandemic, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society regret that we must postpone the symposium planned for 18th April 2020 in the Baptist Church Spalding. All payments received to date will be returned and we will contact you again when circumstances permit the event to be rearranged. Thank you for your support and we look forward to meeting you in the future.

https://www.sgsoc.org/sgs-symposium-vikings-and-anglo-saxons-in-lincolnshire-and-the-fens
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Local History Networking Event

Local History Networking Event

Saturday, 22 February 2020

9.30-16.00, Spalding Baptist Church, Swan Street, Spalding, PE11 1BP

SGS invites representatives of local museums, libraries, archives, volunteering organisations and research groups and projects to joins us for a local history networking day on Saturday, 22 February 2020.

Attendees will hear from other collections and groups from across the region who are working on or supporting local historical research of all kinds. There will be opportunities to present on your work, to network with others, to share best practice, and to develop ideas for future projects and collaborations.

Attendance is free but booking is essential. Tea and coffee will be provided. Full details are available on our info sheet and a flyer is available for download and sharing.

If you would like to attend, please email outreach@sgsoc.org. Please indicate in your email if you would be prepared to give a short presentation (5 minutes) on your organisation or area of interest.

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Hannah Saunders, Artist in Residence

HANNAH SAUNDERS, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Hannah Saunders is an Artist, Medieval Art Historian, Creative Producer and Curator based in the Fenlands. Her work has been exhibited internationally, featured in publications including Dazed & Confused and Fotografia, and her first radio series Isle of Thorns was broadcast on BBC Cambridgeshire in 2019.  Her most recent work Allegorical or Historical, a series of self-portraits as Female Fenland Saints, will be exhibited at Peterborough Cathedral in March 2020. Her practice revolves around translating literary and historical themes into tangible works, with particular emphasis on advocacy and interpretation of women’s history, archives and folklore.

Hannah has received a Jerwood Bursary, enabling her to undertake her first artist residency at The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. During her time here she will explore and research women’s participation in antiquarian circles, and contemporary perceptions of collecting and collections; creating a micro oral history archive over January 2020.

If you are interested in talking to Hannah and allowing her to record a short conversation about the themes of her research you can contact her via email at hannahlouisesaunders@gmail.com (Please pick a time within one of the slots outlined below)

 

Are you a member of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society and want to discuss Women’s participation in Antiquarian Circles with Hannah? Pick a slot below.

SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS (SGS MEMBERS)

Monday 13th January @ The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (13:00-17:00)

Monday 20th January @ The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (13:00-17:00)

 

Are you a member of the public and want to discuss Contemporary perceptions of Collecting and Collections? Pick a slot below.

SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS (MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC) 

Tuesday 7th January @ The Market (11:00-15:00)

Tuesday 14th January @ The Market (11:00-15:00)

 

For more information, visit:

https://jerwoodarts.org/projects/hannah-saunders/

www.the-dots.com/users/hannah-saunders-104974

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General Knowledge Quiz

A Quiz for all the Family

 

The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society is an accredited museum and a registered charity. We have created a NEW quiz to help raise funds for our current and future funding needs.

It is 100 questions and the theme is ‘General Knowledge’.

The entry fee is a minimum of £1, other donations would be very much appreciated. There are three prizes of £20, £10 and a £5 lucky dip from all entries. The closing date for entries is the 1st March 2020.

The quiz is available by either sending a Large SAE plus entry fee to QUIZ, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, 9 Broad Street, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 1TB or email quiz.sgs@gmail.com and then send in your entry fee with the answer sheet.

You can also download the quiz by clicking here: SGS General Knowledge Quiz, or pick up a copy at Bookmark in Spalding.

Please help support us,and help exercise those little grey cells at the same time.

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. Registered Charity No. 216131

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SGS Words and Numbers Quiz Answers (& Winners)

The Society would like to thank everyone that entered the Words and Numbers Quiz. The quiz raised £237, which is a great result!  A full set of answers is available here: SGS Words & Numbers Quiz Answers
The winners were:
1st Clive Roper of Alnwick, Northumberland
2nd D R Platts of Oswestry, Shropshire
Equal 3rd
Sue Abrams of Spalding, Lincolnshire
Jan Staniforth of Deeping St.James, Licolnshire
Tim Scott of Stourbridge, West Midlands