Following on from earlier emails, I am writing to let you know about our plans for the rest of 2020. I hope that you and your family have escaped COVID-19. The continuing pandemic and the precautions required mean that Warwickshire Local History Society has had to change its activities greatly. As one example, Aylesford School is not accepting any bookings from outside groups during the autumn.
Despite these limitations, we hope to offer members the experience of listening to historical lectures, but these will need to be in virtual form. You may be familiar with FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or the like, and we are urgently considering different options for the software most suited to our needs. Before these talks, you will be sent an email containing a link allowing you to log on and then you will be able to see and hear the speaker. So our autumn programme is as follows:
Introductory meeting: On 15 September at 7.00 pm there will be a brief online talk, and more importantly, the opportunity to familiarise yourself with this method of conducting a meeting and to ask questions.
Autumn Lectures (both online only):
1. Tuesday 20 October at 7.20 (for 7.30), Dr Susan Kilby (University of Leicester) on ‘Landscape History through the Stoneleigh Abbey papers’ and
2. Tuesday 17 November at 7.20 (for 7.30) Professor Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham) on ‘Forged by Fire: Burn injury and identity in Warwickshire’.
Summer visits: Regrettably these all had to be cancelled. They have been provisionally re-arranged for the equivalent weekends in 2021.
Christmas Social: Various possibilities are being investigated, but depending on current official guidance, we may be unable to proceed.
Questionnaire: We would like to explore members’ views on our recent and planned pattern of meetings. This follows on from the small survey in January 2020. That earlier exercise was to gain feedback on our change of venues, and on the innovation of a Saturday daytime lecture. The questionnaire will be issued shortly and will be available through the website, email attachment or by post. We will advise details in our next newsletter.
Other activities: The Leamington History Day has been held each September, with different societies, including ours, establishing stands in All Saints parish church in the town. This year the Leamington History Group (LHG) will be hosting a virtual event on 26 September. The day will be dedicated to illustrated 15-minute talks (available from the day on the website, www.leamingtonhistory.co.uk). From WLHS we have offered two presentations, ‘Glimpses of Warwickshire History’ by Jim Ranahan and ‘Leamington’s first hospital’ by John Wilmot.
‘Warwickshire History’: We are very pleased to report that the next edition of the Society’s Journal is now at the printers and is on schedule to be posted out to you at the end of August or early in September. As always, The Bulletin will include information from other societies as well as any further updates from Warwickshire Local History Society.
I hope this information is helpful to you; please get in touch if you have any queries.
Dr John Wilmot, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman, Warwickshire LHS