Talks and Events

Evening Talks

society_talkssociety_talks_380Talks are held at 8.00 pm in St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Museum Street, Saffron Walden.
members £1: guests welcome, £3: young people under 16 free.

Programme for 2019

14 January

Cambridge Science Festival- 25 Years of engaging the Public with Science.
Speaker : Dr Lucinda Spokes

11 February

DNA, Surnames and Genealogy
Speaker: Mark Carroll

11 March

The University Museum of Zoology Cambridge-Past, Present and Future.
Speakers ; Dr Roz Wade and Matt Lowe

8 April

Essex Diary-the wildlife of Essex through the year.
Speaker : Liz Huxley

13 May

The Woman Who Saved the Children; the remarkable story of Eglantyne Jebb.
Speaker : Clare Mulley

10 June

The Georgian Papers
Speaker : Professor Arthur Burns

9 September

Taking away the Walls.
Speaker : James Lumbard Saffron Walden Museum

14 October

to be confirmed

11 November

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift
Speaker : Paul Fairhurst

Talks and Visits from earlier in 2018

Monday, 8th January

The buildings of the Palace of Westminster
Speaker: The Right Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst

Monday, 12th February

20 Treasures from Saffron Walden Museum
Speaker: Carolyn Wingfield,
Curator of Saffron Walden Museum
An exploration of how the Treasure Act 1996 has added to the district’s archaeology collections, with a focus on some of the special finds acquired by the Museum over the past 20 years.

Monday, 9th April

The History of the Friends’ School
Speaker: Tony Watson, Chairman of Saffron Walden Museum Society
The Friends School has played an important role in the life of Saffron Walden and Tony Watson is well placed to tell us of the history as he experienced it as a pupil, and then as a Governor

14 May

Ouse Fen: Building Britain’s Biggest Reedbed
Richard Taylor -Assistant Warden RSPB Ouse Washes
Reedbeds and the specialised animals and plants that inhabit them were once a
major component of the fenland landscape. Richard Taylor‘s talk will explain how
a partnership between the RSPB and Hanson Aggregates is creating a home for
bitterns, marsh harriers, bearded tits and other species, that will last for generations.

11 June

Happy Birthday to George Stacey Gibson – Aspects of his life and achievements

Jeremy Collingwood, Sarah Kenyon and Len Pole
Born 200 years ago, George Stacey Gibson had and still has a major
impact on Saffron Walden. Our speakers will be telling us about his life,
his contribution to the establishment and development of the Museum
and his work on natural history and geology.

10 September

Worlds under Glass-Adventures in Taxidermy-
Explore the controversial history of taxidermy; from its beginnings in
Wonderkammer to use in fashion, interiors, art and scientific discovery.
Discover secrets of the taxidermist’s art through a discussion of
techniques, process and the taxidermists who used them.

Speaker; Charlotte Pratt,  Saffron Walden Museum, Learning and Outreach Officer and Curator of ‘Worlds Under Glass’ Exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum

8 October

The Queen of Chardonnay  –  Exciting Archeology at Chesterford

Speaker; Jacqui Hutton,  Network Archeology

Excavations on the site of the new crematorium at Chesterford reveal a fascinating history of how our ancestors have made use of it over thousands of years. Jacqui Hutton led the excavations and will reveal the latest secrets of the site.

12 November

Tumult and Tears; The Story of the Great War through the Eyes and Lives of its Women Poets.
Speaker: Vivien Newman

This talk examines the poetry written by both serving and civilian women. This treasure trove of neglected poetry takes us to the heart of the Great War as seen through the eyes and lives of its women poets.

Other Events run by the Museum Service

As well as the events that are run by the Museum Society, the Museum Service runs events especially during half term and summer school holidays. A full Listing can be found on the Museum Events page


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