Winter Programme 2015/2016

Friday 9th October 2015.
“Calke Abbey and the Harper-Crewe Family” by Patrick Ashcroft.
“Billy”, tells stories about places where he claims once to have worked; such as, Calke Abbey where he knew the Harpur-Crewe family and in particular the eccentric Sir Vauncey the 10th and last Baronet, whose strange ways bankrupt this hitherto wealthy family!

Friday 13th November 2015.
“Crime and Punishment in Leicestershire and Rutland” by Dr John Sutton.
This talk covers the history of crime and punishment at both the national and local levels. It discusses the range of capital offences, prison systems, capital punishment and prison reform 1800-1964, and charts the long slow abolition of the death penalty.

Friday 11th December 2015.
“Transportation and Beyond” by John Barnett.
Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, at a time when even the most petty crimes were severely punished, transportation of criminals was seen as a way of easing the pressure on Britain’s overcrowded prisons and populating new colonies. This presentation looks at the history of the use of transportation particularly to North America and Australia. It gives examples of actual case histories following offenders from the commission of their crimes to their transportation, how they were transported and what happened to them when they arrived at their destination. The talk focuses especially on Tasmania and the fates of the male and female convicts who were effectively the founders of the colony.

Friday 8th January 2016.
“Mary Queen Of Scots – The Captive Queen 1568 – 1584)” by David Templeman.
This talk tells the story of Mary’s years in captivity in and around Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and South Notts. and reveal the story that cannot be found in history books.

Friday 12th February 2016.
“A History of the Village of Scalford” by Robert Ingles.
This talk looks at the village of Scalford from its early beginnings to the present day but particularly how it has, and has not, changed since Victorian times.

Friday 11th March 2016.
“A Nice Cup of Tea: A Potted History of Tea & Afternoon Tea” by Sandy Leong.
The British answer to a problem or crisis is often a ‘nice cup of tea’. If you have had a shock or are upset, someone will make you a cup of tea. But how did the British love affair with tea start? It’s a fascinating tale of adventure, tax, criminality, temperance, rationing & a morale booster in World War 1 & World War II; & of the Duchess who established the popular ritual of Afternoon Tea.

Friday 8th April 2016.
“Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside” by Felicity Austin.
The history of the seaside holiday takes the audience from the earliest resorts and spa towns, right up to the present day. Presented in either a Victorian woolen costume or an Edwardian cotton one according to the time of the year, this talk covers a lot of years in an hour. We’ll look at the development of the resorts, changing fashions, some souvenirs and reminisce about amusements on the pier, boarding houses and camping, as well as singing some appropriate songs.