Events

IMPORTANT SOCIETY NEWS: CORONAVIRUS (updated 4th January 2021)

Our lecture programme will be delivered online for the foreseeable future, delivered by Zoom. In the current situation, lecture details are provisional, and subject to change at short notice.  Invites for online meetings will be sent to members in advance of the meeting.  Non-members are welcome to attend online meetings free of charge, for a limited time and subject to ticket availability. All people (members and non-members) wishing to attend must pre-register via Eventbrite.

We are also working hard to resume the visits programme, once venues are once more able to accept group visits.

Note: In normal cirucmstances, our Meetings run from October to April start at 7.30pm, preceded by coffee at 7pm, at Aylesford School, Tapping Way, Warwick, CV34 6XR.  Our online lectures will also begin at 7.30 pm unless stated otherwise.

Remember, if you are a member of one of our affiliated societies, you can enjoy our talks for free!

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Future Events

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Adrian Walters, 'Non-conformist Education and Outreach in Stratford-upon-Avon & District 1860 – 1930’  

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Members' Evening - an opportunity to share notes on recent local history research.  

‘Probate Account for Theodore Sadleir, a Fillongley Recusant 1693' (Working Title), by Judith Ellis, and ‘Long Compton in World War Two’, by Bill Cook TO BE CONFIRMED

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Professor Christopher Dyer, AGM & Lecture: ‘Immigrants in Warwickshire: a mobile population 1200-1525’ 

Recent Events

Tuesday 17 November 2020 autumn meetings

Professor Jonathan Reinarz of the University of Birmingham.  'Forged by Fire: Burn Injury and Identity in Warwickshire'. 

Over 30 people logged on to view and listen to Jonathan’s talk, which touched on fires as far apart in time as the Grenfell Tower Fire of 2017 and the Great Fire of Warwick of 1694.  The talk had a strong local feel, covering Warwickshire events such as the Baxterley Colliery Disaster of May 1882 and the Exhall Colliery disaster of 1915.  Using a variety of sources including newspaper articles and inquest reports, Jonathan told us about the history of fire accidents, how casualties from the fire were treated and how investigations into what caused fires led to new health and safety legislation in transport, industry and domestic life.

Tuesday 20 October 2020 autumn meetings

Professor Michael Luntley of Warwick University.  'Carry Us Away: Migration to Brazil, Warwickshire Agricultural Labourers, 1872' 

Our first online lecture was an interesting talk given by Professor Michael Luntley of Warwick University.

Nearly 40 people, including one from Wagga Wagga in Australia, logged on to view and listen to Michael’s talk, which focused on the emigration to Brazil in the 19th century amongst Warwickshire agricultural labourers.  The audience heard how labourers were seduced by promises of land and high wages made by unscrupulous agents working in England to tempt labourers away from their lives of deprivation.  In reality, many of the labourers and their families died during the sea voyage of starvation or illness. Those who survived the journey found little waiting for them except hunger and illness; the promised riches did not materialise.  Tales of the extreme hardship suffered by the migrants recorded in official documents formed a large part of Michael’s research.

The talk was thoroughly enjoyed by members, with one member commenting that it was a “fascinating talk with lovely personal insights to bring home the human tragedy”.

 

Saturday 5 September 2020

POSTPONED: Bagot's Castle, Baginton

This event has had to be POSTPONED until 2021 due to the Coronavirus.  If you are already booked on you will be contacted about what to do next.  

Saturday 18 July 2020

POSTPONED - Napton Church and village

This event has had to be POSTPONED until 2021 due to the Coronavirus.  If you are already booked on you will be contacted about what to do next.  A booking form will be available early in 2021.

Saturday 13 June 2020

POSTPONED: Henley in Arden Heritage Centre, Guildhall and town. 

This event has had to be POSTPONED until 2021 due to the Coronavirus.  If you are already booked on you will be contacted about what to do next.  A booking form will be available early in 2021.

Saturday 9 May 2020

POSTPONED: The Churches of St Leonards, Over Whitacre, and St John the Baptist, Lea Marston.

This event has had to be POSTPONED until 2021 due to the Coronavirus.  If you are already booked on you will be contacted about what to do next.  A booking form will be available early in 2021.

Tuesday 21 April 2020

POSTPONED Members’ Evening

The plans for this year's annual Members' Evening have had to be POSTPONED because of the Coronavirus.  We hope to reschedule these talks in 2021.  We will be welcoming two members, Judith Ellis and Bill Cook.  Judith's talk will be Fillongley: A Recusant Family, traced through House History and Bill will talk about Long Compton: From Domesday to D-Day –a village history.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

POSTPONED: ‘Immigrants in Warwickshire: a mobile population 1200 – 1525’, Professor Christopher Dyer, University of Leicester.

The talk was POSTPONED due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  We hope to reschedule  it in 2021.

Tuesday 18 February 2020

‘The Wigston family network during the reign of Elizabeth 1’, Dr Cathryn Enis, University of Birmingham  

Nearly 30 people heard Dr Enis speak about The Wigston family network during the reign of Elizabeth I.  Our members and guests enjoyed learning about the network headed by Sir William Wigston of Wolston, with other family members based across Warwickshire, particularly around Solihull.  

Saturday 18 January 2020

‘Warwick Pageant & the 20th Century Pageant Movement’, Ellie Reid, independent researcher.

Our first day-time lecture took place at St Michael’s Church Centre, Church Lane, Budbrooke, Warwick. CV35 8QL at 2 pm.    

50 members and visitors enjoyed a fascinating lecture about the 'modern' Warwickshire pageants, by Ellie Reid. The lecture ranged from Louis Parker's 1906 Warwick Pageant, Clifton on Dunsmore pageant 1910, the Women’s Institute (WI) pageant of 1930 to more recent pageants in Sutton Coldfield and Dunchurch. In addition to slides Ellie showed us several souvenir brochures. This was our first Saturday afternoon talk, following requests from members for an alternative to the Society’s evening talks.  The large turnout showed that there is demand for daytime meetings.

Saturday 16 January 2021 saturday meeting

2 pm.  'The Photographer's Gaze: Viewing Warwickshire since 1839'

Warwickshire's people and places are regularly photographed and old photographs are popular elements of local historical research. What about the photographers? How and why have they chosen to represent the County as they have? This talk considers Warwickshire's rich photographic history and its continuing role in photographic innovation. Jim Ranahan ARPS is an archivist and photographic historian. Please note: Non-members are welcome to attend online meetings free of charge, for a limited time and subject to ticket availability. All people (members and non-members) wishing to attend must pre-register via Eventbrite. 

The image is of 'Edward Fox's Shop, Stratford-upon-Avon c.1905', the photographer is Harold Baker and the image is provided courtesy of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Meeting report: 'Getting Online for Research and Publicity'.

The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies; we charge £3.00 for non-members - refundable on the night when joining the Society!


For a list of other societies' lectures and events, see our OTHER EVENTS page.

St John the Baptist, Lea Marston

 

The interior of the Guild Hall, Henley in Arden.

 

The Windmill at Napton on the Hill

 

Bagot's Castle, Baginton