Bemerton Talks

On the fourth Wednesday evening of the month we will invite a guest speaker to talk on an area of general interest.

All are welcome, and admission is free. There will be a retiring collection to cover expenses.

Doors open at 7:00 and the talk starts at 7:30.

There will be the opportunity to purchase refreshments beforehand, and to ask questions afterwards.

Further details of the Autumn 2018 programme are given below.

Wednesday 26th September 2018
Julian Richards
Stonehenge 100 - changes at the monument 1900 – 1925

The years between 1900 and 1925 saw some monumental changes take place to Stonehenge, from collapse of stones, to restoration, two changes of ownership, a proper guide book, fences and an admission change. All these will be explored and explained by archaeologist Julian Richards who has studied Stonehenge for nearly 40 years and is the author of the current site guidebook.

Copies of Julian’s publications will be available at the talk.

Julian Richards is an archaeologist, writer and educator, best known for presenting ‘Meet the Ancestors’ on BBC2. Julian has studied Stonehenge and its remarkable prehistoric landscape for nearly 40 years and is the author of the current site guidebook, the recently published ‘Stonehenge - the story so far’ and of course the ‘Amazing pop-up Stonehenge’. His extensive collection of ‘Stonehengiana’ has been exhibited at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre.

Wednesday 24th October
Ros Liddington
The Women of Wilton

Women have a tendency to fall off the family tree yet many of the big houses have amazing women to thank for their survival. This is an exploration of a few of the ladies who have made a difference at Wilton House.

Ros Liddington worked in Africa and Asia for many years, having experiences that fanned her interest in collecting artefacts and costume. She wrote and delivered the Education Programme for Wilton House in 2000, winning the Sandford award for Heritage Education in 2003 and 2008. Now running ‘Learning Goes Live,’ Ros takes interactive (in the old fashioned sense) history days into Wilton House and schools across the area. She has researched and delivered a number of exhibitions at Wilton including D-Day, the 60th Anniversary; Catherine Vorontsov: The Russian Countess; Of Corset’s Art (Costume through Art). Ros has researched and lectured in the USA and the Crimea on behalf of the Wilton Estate.

Wednesday 28th November
Julian Orbach
T.H.Wyatt, Wiltshire’s Victorian Architect

The talk will look at the work of Wiltshire's most prominent church-builder, TH Wyatt, architect of churches such as St John’s Place among many others, and will digress onto the revising of Pevsner's Buildings of England volume for Wilts.

A graduate in History and Italian from Magdalen College Oxford, Julian has worked in the field of historic buildings ever since. He has worked for his own consultancy firm and for the Victorian Society and others. After working extensively on listed buildings and in other fields in Wales he then revised Nikolaus Pevsner's volume on South and West Somerset. In June 2014 he moved to Bradford on Avon, where he had lived in the 1970s, to begin the revision of the Buildings of England volume for Wiltshire. He became President of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society for the year 2018-19 in May 2018. See for more information about Julian.