10 April 2019
Health and Hygiene in Medieval England – Mike Ingram
This talk is illustrated with contemporary images of illness that combined religion, astrology and ancient Greek and Roman texts. It also looks at the treatments and cures for illness and injury including herbs and magic.
8 May 2019
The River Nene – Peter Gout
Peter's talk is a journey in words and pictures. He explains aspects of the river such as the pronunciation of its name, its propensity to flood and details of some of the places along the river and their history. The story is accompanied by photographs and other illustrations.
12 June 2019
Whaddon Hall - Ingram Murray
Whaddon Hall, near Bletchley, was the war time headquarters of Section VIII — the Radio Communications Service of the Secret Intelligence Service. Under the charismatic leadership of Brigadier "Pop" Gambier-Parry, Whaddon grew rapidly to provide communications for the intelligence service, including Bletchley Park worldwide. Whaddon also provided the communications for the Special Operations Executive until that body formed its own signal service and for the Political Warfare Executive, the propaganda organisation. Section VIII was also responsible for communications security. Whaddon's customers included SIS Stations overseas, agents and Embassies and military commands overseas.
10 July 2019
The History of the Carry On Films - Steve Dimmer
Steve takes us through the rise of this series and looks at the lives of some of the players, as well as showing clips of the most successful films. We will examine why the films lost their popularity and the legacy these comedies left behind.
14 August 2019
Mixed Messages: a peek at Censorship and Propaganda in WWI. including the Zeppelin Raid on Northampton. – Kate Wills
Kate takes us on a journey through WWI and has a look at the censorship and propaganda and how it changed throughout the years. She also tells of the Zeppelin raid on Northampton and how it was hushed up.
11 September 2019.
Sir Thomas Tresham and his buildings – Douglas Goddard
A look at the life of Sir Thomas Tresham and his buildings, the Market Hall at Rothwell, the Rushton Triangular Lodge and Lyveden New Bield, a National Trust Property. Sir Thomas was a staunch Catholic at the time of Elizabeth 1 and how two of his buildings included great religious symbolism.
2019 – 2020 Open Meetings
All meetings will be at 7.30pm in the York Room, Cogenhoe Village Hall,
York Avenue, Cogenhoe NN7 1NB unless otherwise stated.
9 October 2019
The Compelling Story of Cogenhoe Brand – Ted Barnes
Whilst researching material for the map project, Ted has unearthed the compelling saga of Cogenhoe Brand when the village of Cogenhoe took on the Crown and won! Come and hear this remarkable hitherto unknown factual story of the village that you live in.
13 November 2019
Knuston Hall – Jon-Paul Carr
This is an illustrated talk about Knuston Hall which was a Northamptonshire House, its estate, the owners and occupiers as well as stories about some of the people who lived there and either worked at the Hall or on the estate.
11 December 2019
The Story of the Orient Express - Luxurious Locomotion - Colin Rowe
Colin explains the development and history of the luxurious sleeper/diner trains from the days of George Pullman to the current Venice Simplon Orient Express
8 January 2020
The Creation of Abington Park - David Shrewsbury.
The Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century had many benefits, but there were some extreme Public Health issues as people moved from the countryside into towns. Public Parks were part of a solution. Who were the Wantages and did they really make any sort of gift? What remains of Northampton's Industrial Heritage in creating the Park?
12 February 2020
Talking Machines – Colin Ray
An illustrated talk looking at the origin and development of recorded sound and early methods of playing both cylinder and disc records on phonograph and gramophones. Machines dating from 1903-1933 are brought along and used to demonstrate music contemporary with the machines.
13 March 2020
Annual General Meeting
The History of Northamptonshire's Country Houses since 1900 – Neil Lyon
The illustrated talk traces the changing fortunes of the principal houses and landed estates over the past century. It is not a story of decline and fall; on the contrary, it is the story of survival and the renaissance of our local country houses.