2015 Programme

All talks will be held at the Assemble Rooms in Barton, starting at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated.  All talks are free to members, but a charge of 2 will be made to non-members on the door (again unless otherwise stated).

Date Details
20 February

The Medieval Stained Glass of Tattershall Church, Lincolnshire

Gordon Plumb, a leading stained glass photographer, speaks about one of the most important glazing schemes in late Medieval England at the Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity, Tattershall, Lincolnshire.

20 March

A Pedal Through 200 Years

Nigel Land takes us back almost two hundred years to the birth of the bicycle, and examines its impact on personal mobility, women’s emancipation and improved roads.  Barton played its part in this story with the involvement of Hopper and Co.


The Justice Books of Thomas Dixon 1787-98

Brain Davey returns with more fascinating tales of the Lincolnshire Magistrates in the Eighteenth Century.
15 May

Civic Voice

Ian Harvey of Civic Voice describes the work of this national charity for the civic movement in England.  The charity supports organisations, including Barton upon Humber Civic Society, to make  places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive, and strives to nurture civic pride.
Sunday 14 June

Hull’s Old Town – from Medieval harbour to a major port and city

A guided walk with Colin Cooper beginning in Queen’s Gardens.   Booking essential (c/o Wilderspin National School Museum (01652) 635172.

19 June

Lady Anne Mowbray – The High and Excellent Princess

Marilyn Roberts tells the story of the little girl who married the younger of the Princes in the Tower.

17 July

Annual General Meeting (7.30pm)

Barton Then & Now (8.15pm)

Brian Peeps delves into his extensive picture archive to compare nostalgic views with contemporary images of Barton.

Wednesday 12 August

Visit to Burnby Hall Gardens and Stewart Museum, Pocklington  

"A haven of beauty and tranquility” situated in the charming market town of Pocklington, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, and home to the National Collection of over 100 varieties of hardy water lily.   The Stewart Museum contains the fascinating artefacts Major Percy Stewart brought back to Pocklington from his eight round the world tours between 1906 and 1926.

Full details will be available in the Spring.  Booking essential (c/o Wilderspin National School Museum (01652) 635172).

18 September

Railways in a Cornish Landscape

Stephen Gay recounts his railway travels exploring the history and scenery of Cornwall accompanied by his faithful German Shepherd Wrawby.

16 October

The Soldiers of Barton in the First World War

Laurie Robinson continues our Great War commemorations with a talk about the Barton Territorials.  Based on extensive research over many years, and drawing on family photographs loaned or donated to Mr. Robinson, this talk coincides, almost to the day, with the centenary of one of the worst days in the War for Barton men.

20 November

Snow Birds – The High Arctic in Winter

Graham Catley draws on his winter visits to Norway and Canada where he observed how birds adapt and prepare for the severe arctic winter.


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