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May 2021

The Portable Antiques Scheme – A talk By Jane Clark 20th May on Zoom

May 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is run by the British Museum and National Museum of Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year thousands of such finds are made, many by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Join Jane Clark, the Finds Liaison Officer for Sussex for a talk on the work of The Portable Antiquities Scheme and an exploration of some…

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June 2021

James Wolfe: A House, a Battle and a Painting

June 17 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

James Wolfe: A House, a Battle and a Painting Thursday, June 17th @8pm – 9pm, on Zoom Speaker: Alan Carter   In leafy Westerham on the Kent and Surrey border lies the first house to be donated to the National Trust via a Will. It is a substantial old house that has stood for nearly 500 years, not large but sturdy, and over the centuries has undergone many changes. Its importance dates from a brief period in the 18th century…

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July 2021

Quebec House tour July 14th

July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday 14th July, at 2pm, a guided tour of Quebec House, Westerham. With regret our Quebec House tour July 14th CANCELED due to continuing Covid restrictions This fascinating guided tour of Quebec House, Westerham, which it was hoped would  follow on from June’s interesting talk about James Wolfe by Alan Carter, has been rescheduled for spring 2022.  

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August 2021

Ashdown Forest – an early example of conservation – a talk by Vivien Blanford

August 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ashdown Forest - an early example of conservation. Thursday 19th August, at 8pm – 9pm, on Zoom - booking details: Ticket shop short URL    https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wivelsfield-historical-society/t-kgvnlv   Ranging over the centuries, this talk by Vivienne Blandford will demonstrate how woodland became a lowland heath landscape through the exploitation of its resources and today is a valuable ‘natural lowland heath habitat’ where boundaries of 13th century Deer Park still exist despite enclosures both legally and illegally.  

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September 2021

“Strange Adventure”  –  The story of Gilbert and Sullivan 16th September – on Zoom 8.00pm

September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Strange Adventure”  -  The story of Gilbert and Sullivan   Between 1875 and 1896, Gilbert and Sullivan wrote 13 comic operas  -  pieces that set the “gold standard” for modern day musicals. The satire is still relevant today and quotes, such as “Let the punishment fit the crime” and “What never!”, are still is use. It is accepted that some people consider G & S to be like Marmite but this illustrated talk, presented by Laurence Leng, concentrates not so…

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