Wednesday 28th February 2024;

The Annual Croome Lecture –

Portable Magic: 2000 Years of the Book

.By Professor Emma Smith of Hartford College Oxford.

Please note This lecture will be given at

 St John the Baptist Parish Church 
in Cirencester town centre  at  7.30pm

Free to everyone.

Professor Smith will discuss how book technology became so dominant and the ways books have become part of our lives. From book burning to the rise of the paperback, and from Gutenberg to Kindle, books have shaped history – and been shaped by it in return.

Lectures & Meetings Programme
Autumn 2023 – Summer 2024


Wednesday 27th March 2024
The Glosters at Waterloo
Andy Meller
Andy Meller will lead us in the footsteps of the North Gloucestershire 28th Regiment of Foot as they take part in the Waterloo Campaign of June 1815. Always in the thick of the action, we will discover why the 28th were the only English line regiment to receive a mention by name in the Duke of Wellington’s famous Waterloo Despatch.

Wednesday 10th April 2024
Speaker to be announced at a later date. Sir Emrys Jones lecture theatre, Royal Agricultural University. A joint meeting with Cirencester Science and Technology Society. Please note that this is earlier in the month than our usual meeting and at a different venue.

Wednesday 22nd May 2024
Annual General Meeting followed by Alfred Williams and the Folk Songs of the Upper Thames
Martin Graebe
Alfred Williams was raised in the village of South Marston in Wiltshire and, though his
formal education ended at the age of 12, he became an admired poet and writer.
Between 1914 and 1916 he cycled 13,000 miles around the Upper Thames valley to
collect the words of nearly 800 songs. These included more than 170 from

Talks are held at the Ashcroft Church, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester GL7 1RA unless indicated otherwise. (See the  red dot in the adjacent map.)

Talks start promptly at 7:30pm.