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Programme of speakers:
Six times a year, on Wednesday evenings at 8 pm, Members are treated to an hour’s talk on an aspect of local history. These are informal gatherings, and are usually accompanied by a slide show to illustrate the Talk.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from 7:30 pm and there is an opportunity to look at any materials brought by the Speaker more closely.
The venue will be the High Street Baptist Church. The main Tring car parks are close.
Visitors will be welcome on donation of £4 per meeting.
Wed 20 March 2019 Historic buildings legislation and local case studies
Rory Cullen is Director of Cullen Conservation, a Heritage Consultancy based in Tring, which he set up in December 2017 following his 15-year tenure as Head of Buildings for the National Trust. He is Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building Conservation, Adaptation & Refurbishment Faculty (CAR), which has set up the Heritage Certification Scheme. He will give a background of historic buildings legislation, then debunk some myths & provide some tips for anyone interested in historic or traditional (pre-1919) buildings. He will use case studies (including local ones) from the smallest vernacular cottages to the largest mansions.
Wed 15 May 2019 Annual General Meeting
The story of Halton House
Trixie Brabner is the archivist and tour co-ordinator at Halton House. After briefly introducing the Rothschilds and their houses in the Aylesbury Vale, she will talk about Alfred de Rothschild, the builder and original owner of Halton House, and show photographs showing the house as it was in the 1880s and 1890s and as it is today. The presentation will also include an explanation of how the house and the estate became the property of the Royal Air Force.
Wed 17 July 2019 Liberty: The Bucks man, the London shop, the global style
Liberty, the iconic London shop, needs very little introduction. Yet the story of this world famous department store is full of surprises, from its historical connection to Buckinghamshire to the effects of wartime on the company’s creative vision. Come and find out more at this talk by Will Phillips, Keeper of Social History at Bucks County Museum. Will studied History of Art and Architecture at Reading University before completing an MA in Museum Studies at University College London. He worked for nine years at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading and moved to Bucks in 2008 as Keeper of Social History.
Wed 18 September 2019 The beginning and end of Roman Verulamium and its hinterland
Simon West has been responsible for archaeological work in the City and District of St Albans from 1989, first as Field Archaeologist and since 2006 as District Archaeologist. He has excavated an early Neolithic boat, a royal ceremonial site with its chieftain burial, 159 Roman gold coins and many other finds and sites. He also advises on some 650 planning applications every year. Simon will demonstrate some of the recent work that aids our understanding of the transition from the late Iron Age royal and ceremonial centre of Verlamion to the Roman city of Verulamium. He will also show evidence from Verulamium as a type-site for the ending of Roman Britain and his interpretation of those findings.
Wed 20 November 2019 The romance of Metroland
Julian Hunt is a researcher, lecturer and writer on English local history. The title "Metroland" was used on the Metropolitan Railway's Publicity Department's annual guide to the gorgeous countryside and bijou residences accessible from their lines to Chesham, Amersham and beyond. It embraced obvious places such as Aylesbury and more obscure ones such as Verney Junction and Brill. Julian will take us on a coal-fired journey into "Leafy Bucks" as if we were seeking out our own architect-designed country retreat in days gone by.
Wed 15 January 2020 Hartwell, Georgian parks and gardens
Adam Smith is a lecturer specialising in architectural history and the history of the English country house and estate. In the 1720’s and 30’s a remarkable landscape garden was created at Hartwell House, near Aylesbury. He will examine this garden from the set of paintings which recorded it in the 1730’s and show how changing fashions led to it being swept away later in the 18th Century.
Wed 18 March 2020 The history and restoration of Wendover Arm Canal
Clive Johnson is a volunteer and webmaster with the Wendover Arm Trust. The canal was originally built to carry water from a spring at Wendover to the Tring summit of the Grand Junction Canal (now the Grand Union Canal) at Bulbourne Junction, but it suffered from severe leakage problems and was eventually abandoned in 1904. The purpose of the Trust is the restoration of the canal to full navigation and its former glory. Clive will outline the history of the canal and describe the work undertaken by the Trust’s volunteers towards the achievement of this important long-term project.
Wed 20 May 2020 Annual general meeting
The art of the auctioneer
Stephen Hearn runs the popular and successful Tring Market Auctions, which are located on part of the former Tring Livestock Market off Brook Street. He is also a Tring Town councillor and a former Mayor of Tring. The salesrooms are nationally known and the television programmes Cash in the Attic and Flog It are regular visitors. Stephen will give a light-hearted account of the work of the salesrooms and of his early days in the livestock market.
All meetings will be held at 8 pm at the High Street Baptist Church, Tring.
Visitors will be welcome on donation of £4 per meeting.
Tring & District Local History & Museum Society