Talks 2021-22

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Educating Cirencester  given by Pamela Morris.  Since retiring from her career in education, Pam has been reseaarching aspects of the town’s educational history for the Victoria County History, due for publication shortly. She will be talking about some typical developments and others that are unique to Cirenceste

Wednesday 24th  November 2021

John Bellamy (1808-93) A Gloucestershire travelling showman

Dr Steven Blake FSA Dr Steven Blake was Museum & Collections Manager at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum before retiring. He is a founder member and former Chairman of the Cheltenham Local History Society and is currently Chair of the Gloucestershire Local History Association.

Wednesday 26th January 2022 

From Gaulish kiln to Corinium ditch. Cancelled due to hall restrictions- now rebilled for 2022-3 season

MONDAY 21st February 2022

This meeting was cancelled The Annual Croome Lecture – A joint meeting with Cirencester Civic Society

Spokes in a Wheel: Roads and Turnpikes around Cirencester

David Viner is a former Chairman of the Society, currently Editor and Archivist. He will recall the Society’s Turnpikes Project of the 1980s/90s and its fieldwork recording local milestones and routes. The network of Turnpike Trusts, creating a Cirencester ‘hub,’ will be described and its modern legacy illustrated. His talk is based on his Presidential Address to Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society in 2020. Unfortunately the text is not available online.

Wednesday 23rd March 2022

The Arts and Crafts Movement in the south Cotswolds given by Mary Greensted

Mary has published and lectured widely on the subject of the Arts and Crafts movement. She was chairman of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen from 2009-18 and is a trustee of Court Barn, Chipping Campden. Her talk will provide an introduction to the designer-makers working in the area from the 1890s.



Wednesday 13th April 2022  Joint meeting with Cirencester Science and Technology Society (face to face and also by Zoom)

The Forensic Pathology of the Female Saxon Skull discovered in the River Thames at Fairford in 2013

Linda Ainscough M.Sc. Ch.FA Senior Reporting Scientist, Anthropology Section, Cellmark Forensic Services (who analysed the Fairford skull back in 2013)  Abingdon Laboratory.

Wednesday 25th May 2022                   

Annual General Meeting followed by

The First Ever Olimpick Games

Celia Haddon Celia is a CAHS member and a keen supporter of the Cotswold Olimpick Games. After retiring from full time journalism, she took second and Masters degrees in applied animal behaviour. In addition to 30 or so books, she has written for newspapers and magazines, appeared on TV and radio, and is as knowledgeable about cats as the Olimpicks.

Saturday 11th June 2022 

‘Soils, Snails and Stonehenge’ A day visit to Mike Allen and his environmental archaeology lab, followed by a guided walk along the Stonehenge Avenue.