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Speakers for 2017-2018
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month (except August) at 7.30pm, at the Riverside Centre Islington Road, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6AU, when talks are given on a variety of topics relating to our local heritage. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

Details of outings, guided walks, projects, practical archaeology sessions, exhibitions and other events are announced at the monthly meetings. Members can also receive such announcements by email.


Wednesday 12th April 2017
Mary, Queen of Scots
Malcolm Deacon
Malcolm Deacon, a well known local historian, will speak about the turbulent life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary, who became Queen of Scots at less than a week old, lived a life full of treachery, mystery, murder and finally execution at Fotheringhay Castle.

Wednesday 10th May 2017
Arthur Rouse: Fake Life - Fake Death
Paul Harrison
Paul Harrison is a retired Police Office and now a published author of 35 books including "Northamptonshire Murders". Paul will tell the story of "The Blazing Car Murder" committed by Arthur Rouse on 5 November 1930 at Hardingstone. The police believed that Rouse was seeking to fabricate his own death, picked up a hitch hiker, knocked him out and then burnt his car with the man inside. Rouse was convicted and executed for the murder of an unknown man, the identity of the victim remains unknown.

Wednesday 14th June 2017
William Streatfield - A Gentle Man
Don Martin
William, who was born in 1889, was a farm worker on the St Clere estate near Sevenoaks who was able to turn his hand to anything from mending his boots to shepherding. So, how did he find himself in a Siberian winter fighting Bolsheviks despite being medically unfit for the weather or combat? William's grandson will tell the story of his extraordinary life.

Wednesday 12th July 2017
A History of the Carry On Films
Steve Dimmer
Steve Dimmer will take us through the rise of this much loved series, looking at the lives of some of the main players as well as showing clips from some of the most successful. If you have a funny bone, this talk is definitely for you!

Wednesday 13th September 2017
Another Icarus
Roy Smart
Roy is a former Royal Navy pilot, air display director and aviation consultant. He will tell us the story of Percy Pilcher whose historic and brave quest for flight ended tragically in a quiet corner of a Northamptonshire field.

Wednesday 11th October 2017
Milestones
Helen Crabtree
Helen makes a welcome return this time to speak about Northamptonshire Milestones which were once so important to travellers until the development of faster motorised transport and satellite navigation.

Wednesday 8th November 2017
Northampton in photographs
Richard Deacon
Richard uses photographs to show the dramatic changes to our County Town in the 1970s.

Wednesday 13th December 2017
Christmas Meeting

Wednesday 10th January 2018
The Royal and Derngate Theatres
Michael Brailey
Michael is a dedicated volunteer archivist at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton who maintains a significant archive of historical memorabilia relating to the theatre. He will pass on to us the benefit of his knowledge.

Wednesday 14th February 2018
Royal Mistresses
Roger Powell
Roger is an author and historian who has held various posts throughout a long and distinguished career including working at Debretts and Burkes Peerage. This talk will expose the story of how key English aristocratic families provided the British Royal Family with mistresses over several generations to secure influence at court.

Wednesday 14th March 2018
AGM

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