Programme

2024

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME:

10 April
2.00 for 2.30
at
Lightwoods
House

“Bournville Architecture and Churches – Home of chocolate and garden village architecture, Bob Booth will share pictures of his own Bournville favourites, including the vernacular Arts & Crafts ‘cottage’ style houses typical of the area, and show us the significance of the Quaker influence.  We will see early Friends’ meeting places, a Dutch-gabled Presbyterian Church, and a Serbian Orthodox Church.

Bob Booth

8 May
2.00 for 2.30
at
Lightwoods
House

“The Arts & Crafts Movement” – Rachel will tell us about the background of the Arts and Crafts movement in general, its relevance to the Birmingham area and the contribution of women to the genre.  Lightwoods House was the home of Hardman studios for several years and will be mentioned in the talk.

Rachel
West

12 June
Meet at
7.20 for 7.30
at Blue Gates

A Stroll Around Smethwick – Mary will lead us from the Blue Gates on Smethwick High Street.  Our route will encounter two fire stations, a malthouse, a reservoir, Belgian refugees, a prime minister and the sad tale of the man who really did go looking for a gas leak with a lighted match! 
Parking is available on Stony Lane.

Mary
Bodfish

10 July
2.00 for 2.30
The Pavillion,
Warley Woods

Warley Woods – much has happened at Warley Woods since our last visit and Viv Cole will be telling us all about it in the Padgham Room.  If you would like to come earlier, there is a good cafeteria or maybe you might enjoy a walk or picnic in the beautiful Woods.

Viv
Cole

14 August
meet at Bearwood
Bus Station
at 10.3s0 a.m.

Visit to Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield – to celebrate the Society’s 40th anniversary, we have organised a visit to Lichfield by coach subsidised from our “Bequest fund”.  The cost will be £15 per head and will include transport to Lichfield, a talk and look round the house, once the family home of doctor, inventor and published poet Erasmus Darwin (1731 – 1802). With its unique place in Georgian history Darwin House showcases the breadth of Erasmus Darwin’s interests and achievements which laid the foundations for his grandson and evolutionary biologist Charles.  It was also the venue for meetings of the Lunar Society. Toilets are available and Bistro19 (formerly Chapters restaurant) is in the Cathedral Close nearby. Please complete the booking form to book your place.

11 September
2.00 for 2.30
Lightwoods
House

“Medieval Hospitals, Medicines and Monastic Life” – Dressed as a nun and assisted by a “good wife”, Anne McWhirter will demonstrate the treatment you would have received if you had succumbed to one of the many diseases of the time, together with examples of the medicines and lotions used to treat them.

Anne
McWhirter

9 October
2.00 for 2.30
Lightwoods
House

The Siege of Dudley Castle” –  Elaine Joyce makes a welcome return to tell us about her research into the garrison and siege at Dudley Castle during the Civil War, in particular a Colonel Leveson who carried out several raids into Birmingham stealing people’s cattle!

Elaine
Joyce

13 Nov
2.00 for 2.30
Lightwoods
House

“It’ll all be over by Christmas – Oh, what a Bostin war!” This illustrated presentation examines people’s reactions to the outbreak of the Great War in the Black Country.  Was it ‘business as usual’, or did war hysteria sweep across the region?  Did the war bring out the best, or the worst, in local people?  What were the myths and what was the reality.

Quintin
Watt

4 Dec
2.00 for 2.30
Lightwoods
House

“A Victorian Christmas – a 19th Century Reinvention?”  Nigel’s talk considers the role of the Royal Family and Charles Dickens in the reinvention of Christmas: how they celebrated, what they ate, their decorations and games.  Afterwards, please join us for a seasonal bite to eat and glass of (sadly) non-alcoholic punch.

Nigel
Metcalfe