Programme of Meetings 2020-21

We have recruited to our programme presenters who are known to Society members and who have previously made exciting presentations. The Zoom presentation medium calls for special skills and these our presenters possess.

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Helen Smith

Stratford upon Avon: the growth from market town to global brand.

Institute of Tourist Guide Helen takes us on a guided walk around the Stratford that Shakespeare may have known. She outlines how it became a world famous, iconic, town


Nic Fulcher

Corsets & codpieces”: a study of Tudor underwear'

During the 16th century the natural body shape of both men and women was altered to accommodate the elaborate fashions of the day.  One's undergarments are an essential element in achieving the desired effect, but what is actually going on under all of that silk, satin and velvet? 

Join costume historian Nic Fulcher for a light-hearted journey exploring the hidden world of Tudor underwear! 

Nic has been Projects Manager for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for seven years.  Prior to joining the Trust he was the curator of Leeds Castle, Kent.


Wendy Shaddick/Martin Popplewell

Life & Loss in Bidford & District during the Civil War.

Report of a major research programme into the effects of the Civil Wars in our locality, by reference to the Loss Accounts. These were compensation claims made first by Parliament supporters and subsequently by Royalist supporters.


Gillian White

Robert Dudley, Elizabeth I and the Kenilworth Entertainment.

Elizabethan Courtier, Dudley attempts to woo Queen Elizabeth into marriage in 1575, with a three week extravaganza of entertainments and gardens at Kenilworth Castle. A desperate last ditch stand!


Roy Smart

Amy Johnson - Queen of the Air.

From meticulous research Roy Smart tells the story of Amy, the first woman to fly alone from UK to Australia; her flying machines and her disastrous marriage. He then unravels the mystery of her disappearance age 37 during war service.


Stephen Barker

Hardit Singh Malik - The Flying Sikh

From his arrival in the UK alone in 1912 as a fourteen year old, to Balliol College, Oxford and into the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, Hardit Singh Malik lived an extraordinary life, often in the face of great adversity, yet always with with charm and good humour.


Stewart Tolley

The Jacobite Underworld 

Being a Jacobite was not something you would boast about in the eighteenth century, apart from perhaps a covert toast to 'the king across the water'. So how did they organise themselves as a political force? From spies and propaganda to European supported plots and public riots, they were certainly active. Dr Stewart Tolley describes how the Jacobite cause impacted on English politics through this period and up to Culloden.


Max Keen

Lord Horatio Nelson: Britain's Greatest Hero?

Well, was Nelson our greatest mariner? Make your own mind up as the facts, figures, battles, personalities and good old British derring-do are presented by Max dressed as a French admiral!

It's time to take on Napoleon's fleet with the armaments of humour, tongue-in-cheekiness all wrapped up in an attempt to put the record straight about his lordship!



Steph Mastoris

Warwickshire on the map

Our talk reviews Cartographic views of the county over the past seven centuries, showing the changes in demographics, transport and many other items which reveal the development of our county.

Dr Mastoris is one of those of whom it could be truly said that he needs no introduction having addressed the Society on at least five occasions on subjects ranging from Christmas Traditions to Everything bar the Whistle – a History of the Pig. He is currently Head of Museums at National Museum Wales


Paul Cleave

Dried Eggs and Ginger Bread, Food on the Home Front during World War Two

This talk examines food and rationing during the Second World War. Period recipes and cookery books will be used to demonstrate how cooks were able to produce interesting meals with the shortages of supplies during the war.

Dr Paul Cleave is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven with a particular interest in the story of food and place.




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