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March 2021

Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth I and the Kenilworth Entertainment of 1575

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A talk by Dr Gillian White. This talk will be streamed live online via Zoom, the link to enable members to join the Zoom meeting will be sent to our email distribution list a few days beforehand. Visitors are welcome - email nick.holmes9@gmail.com to request the link On Saturday 9 July 1575, at about 8pm, Elizabeth I arrived on horseback at Kenilworth Castle, the Warwickshire power base of her favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. For nearly three weeks, the…

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April 2021

Daisy, Countess of Warwick and the 1923 Local Election

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A talk by Aaron Manning. This talk will be streamed live online via Zoom, the link to enable members to join the Zoom meeting will be sent to our email distribution list a few days beforehand. Visitors are welcome - email nick.holmes9@gmail.com to request the link In the winter of 1923, journalists flooded into Warwickshire to report on the juiciest local election in years. In this talk, local historian Aaron Manning tells the story of how the Warwick and Leamington…

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September 2021

Barry Jackson – Theatre Pioneer

September 14 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Lapworth Village Hall, Old Warwick Road
Kingswood, B94 6LD
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A Talk  by Sylvia Gill about the History of Birmingham Rep Looking at the life and work of Sir Barry Jackson (1879-1961 ) who founded Birmingham REP in 1913, the first purpose built Rep theatre in the world and with George Bernard Shaw, the Malvern Festival. Jackson was the first post-war director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford.

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October 2021

Life in the Mad House: Warwick County Lunatic Asylum

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lapworth Village Hall, Old Warwick Road
Kingswood, B94 6LD

A Talk by Carolyn Ewing The first part of the meeting will be our AGM, a bar and nibbles will be available from 7pm. The talk will start at around 7:45 to 8pm The history of the Hatton Asylum provides an insight into how the Victorians  treated the mentally ill. The Hatton records are kept at the Warwick County Record Office and include admission notes, case books and photographs. This illustrated talk by archivist, Carolyn Ewing will introduce this intriguing…

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November 2021

Of Material Service to Him: Women in the Life of James Watt

November 23 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Lapworth Village Hall, Old Warwick Road
Kingswood, B94 6LD

A talk by Kate Croft Men of the Lunar Society are well known but what of the women of the Lunar Society? The talk will look at the two wives of James Watt; Peggy and Ann to consider the contributions they made to his technical and business achievements.

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