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