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


With Dr Phillip Crummy,  Director Colchester Archaeological Trust & Television Archaeologist Boudicca is a major British icon who famously stands defiantly by the Thames in her chariot with her two daughters by her side. This was the woman who, almost two thousand years ago, led a revolt against the Romans when she destroyed Colchester and London by fire leaving behind an extraordinary legacy for modern archaeologists to explore. The impact of her leadership and campaign is all too clear below ground in these places. In Colchester, the remains of shattered timber and clay buildings lie as distinctive layers of burnt red and black debris up to half a metre and more thick. Many stumps of walls still stand upright in the debris and the remains of foodstuffs abound everywhere, charred but still very recognisable. As we shall see, the evidence for her visit to Colchester - the destroyed buildings, the burnt food remains and even the famous Fenwick Treasure of gold and silver jewellery - provides unmistakable and incontrovertible proof not only that the revolt really did happen but also of its great scale and reach. But what of the woman herself - the so called 'Warrior Queen'? What was she really like? What does the evidence really tell us? Here we will enter an aspect of the Boudicca story which is much more obscure but still very intriguing and surprising nevertheless.

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