Marlborough History Society Programme - 2020
Date
Topic
Speaker
Thursday 16 January
Churchill's Abandoned Prisoners
Rupert Wielock
   
Rupert Wieloch is a Hampshire author who lived either side of Marlborough during a 35 year military career. In 2006, he acquired a Russian archive, which revealed evidence that contradicted the history he had been taught at university. Continuing his research in Russia, America and the United Kingdom, he discovered a politically suppressed story that changed his perceptions about the British role during the Russian Civil War and has now been published as Churchill's Abandoned Prisoners.  
Thursday 20 February
Wiltshire Gate Lodges
James Holden
   
James Holden has for many years had an interest in architectural history and has written on this subject in various local magazines. The romantic appeal of gate lodges has long fascinated him and he has set out to capture the particular charm of Wiltshire's excellent collection of lodges in his book, recently published by the Wiltshire Buildings Record.
Thursday 19 March
The End of the War in Germany
Maj Gen Peter Williams
   
Peter Williams served in Berlin and East Germany for six years in the 1970s and 1980s and has long been fascinated by the challenges faced by the Allies and the Soviets in dealing the final blows to the Third Reich in Germany and in bringing peace to a shattered country.
2020 AGM at 7:00 pm - Prior to Talk
Thursday 23 April
Ham from King Aethelstan to the Black Death
Robin Buchanan-Dunlop
   
Robin Buchanan-Dunlop was born in Glasgow. In 1958 he joined the Ben Line, then a major Scottish shipping company. This was interrupted by National Service and he later became a regular soldier serving with the Scots Guards. He left the army in 1987 to become the Clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London He retired in 2005 and now lives in Ham.
Thursday 21 May
 'Motoring Emergencies - a brief history of the Automobile Association'.
Roger Day
   
Clare Mulley is the award-winning author of Roger Day was born in Marlborough and has always been interested in the in the area's rich past. Having studied the military history of the Kennet valley for thirty years or so he has now turned his attention to its motoring history and is currently researching the A4 between Beckhampton and Reading. His latest talk entitled 'Motoring Emergencies', which is a history of the Automobile Association from a local perspective, has come about directly as a result of this work.
June, July and August
No Meetings
Thursday 19 September
Marlborough and the Great Reform Bill of 1832
David Chandler
   
David Chandler was born in Marlborough and has always lived there except for University (Cambridge, Mechanical Sciences), National Service and a spell teaching in Swaziland. He was a secondary school teacher of maths. He has been involved in local politics and was Mayor of the Borough in 1971. History, in particular local history, has always been an interest.
Thursday 15 October
A Muddy Prehistory of Britain - A Local View.
Gillian Hovell
   
Gillian Hovell (known professionally as 'The Muddy Archaeologist') is an award-winning writer, author, public speaker and presenter. Ex-BBC, she now lectures for York University and speaks at the British Museum and internationally.  She digs deep into the ancient world to add colour, depth and meaning to life today. 
Thursday 19 November
"SNAP - A Lost Downland Community"
John Dymond
   
Retired computer professional, amateur historian and genealogist, trustee of the Aldbourne Community Heritage Group, curator of the Aldbourne Heritage.
December
No Meeting

All meetings start at 7.30pm
Unless otherwise stated.

Venue:
St. Peter's Church, High Street, Marlborough.

Guests are welcome - £5.00 each.

Students half-price.