All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated
Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control
Servants in Suffolk Country Houses, c1700 to c1900
A talk by Dr. Nick Sign, Vice-Chairman of Suffolk Local History Council, which examines the many different servant roles required to run a large country house, including below-stairs hierarchy, the different duties of male and female servants, methods of recruitment, servants' wages, working conditions and their living accommodation.
The Wild West Goes East
A talk by Phil Lyons on Buffalo Bill's Wild West show tour of East Anglia in 1903 and in particular his Colchester show.
David Austin will introduce us to the real Vikings, not the Hollywood and TV version. He has had a life-long interest in the Vikings, and his researches have taken him to York, Isle of Man, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. He has also sailed a couple of replica Viking ships in Denmark!
Our president Malcolm Root’s Annual slideshow containing new pictures of old Halstead. This will be followed by our traditional festive nibbles.
Annual General Meeting
The Rise and Fall of Colchester’s ‘Good Time Girls', 1855-1895
A talk by Dr. Jane Pearson. Why did prostitution become a problem in mid-nineteenth-century Colchester and what did the town do about it?
Jane is a teaching fellow and part-time lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Essex.
“An introduction to the Chelsea Physic Garden”
Dr. Christine Hodgson, who is a guide at the garden, will introduce us to its history from the foundation in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.