Public Lectures

From September to March the Society organises a programme of public lectures on cultural, scientific and antiquarian subjects. These have been held almost continuously since 1889 and are considered one of the most important aspects of the Society’s work.

For various reasons the programme does change, so please check the list for the most up to date schedule.

The lectures are held on Friday evenings commencing 7.30 p.m. They take place with the kind permission of the Headmaster in the main hall of the Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, PE11 2XH. Attendance is excellent value at only £2.50 per person.

Lecture Programme 2018-19

Treading the Boards

With Neil Wright

Georgian Theatre in Spalding and South Lincolnshire.

Creation of an Iconic Fenland Landscape With Amanda Jenkins, South Lincolnshire Fenland Partnership

The Labyrinth - Clues to Egypt's Lost Building  With Dylan Bickerstaffe,  Lecturer in Egyptology

Armour and the Afterlife With Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Armour at the Wallace Collection. Knightly effigies in England and Wales
Cellular Compartments/Factories in Human Health and Disease With Professor Michael Schrader, Biosciences Cell Biology & Cytopathology Exeter University
Boudicca With Dr Phillip Crummy,  Director Colchester Archaeological Trust & Television Archaeologist
Rock of Ages- The Medieval Stonemasons With James Wright, Archaeologist and Lecturer The Architects of Europe & the men who shaped not only the stone but the architectural appearance of the medieval period.
Unsung Maritime Heroes of Norfolk With Mark Nicholls, Journalist and Lecturer Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Richard Woodget (Capt Cutty Sark), Capt Sir William Hoste & Capt George Manby
Early 20th Century Postcards Brilliant British humour in the forgotten art of picture postcards 1909-1939. Masters of the medium Mabel Lucie Atwell & Frank Spurgin.
Alice in Wonderland- The River Thames as Lewis Carroll's Oxford inspiration With Mark Davies, Author and official Oxford guide
Excavations at Binchester With Dr David Mason, Principal archaeologist for Durham County Council In their 6th year, these findings are hugely significant as they are virtually intact, so much so that we have our own "Pompeii of the North" on English soil.

Tapisserie de Bayeux - Scène 32 : des hommes observent la comète de Halley - Scène 33 : Harold dans son palais de Westminster

The World of the Bayeux Tapestry With Rupert Willoughby, Prize winning historian, accredited Arts Society lecturer and author So much more than the story of Hastings- the unravelling of the mysteries surrounding this landmark of Western art.