January 2019

10 January – Paul Barnett - ‘Defence of the Drift – Alfred Henry Hook VC’

Ahead of the 140th anniversary of the battle, this talk transports the audience from the sun baked plains of Victorian South Africa to the serene pastures of rural Churcham.  All the while setting the scene for the now long forgotten tale of Forest boy Alfred Henry Hook, V.C. winner, whose epic exploits whilst at Rorkes Drift (22 – 23 January 1879) ultimately led to his starring, yet much maligned, role in the blockbuster film ‘Zulu’.  This talk is also repeated on Saturday 26 January.

24 January – Kirsty Hartsiotis - ‘Enchanted Cotswold Country: John Drinkwater and the Arts and Crafts Movement’

Discover the story of Dymock poet John Drinkwater, who had links with the Arts and Crafts Movement from his early days as a playwright in Birmingham, through to his time living in Far Oakridge, near Stroud, during the First World War.

31 January – Timothy Prince - ‘The Royal International Air Tattoo’

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. Timothy was one of the volunteer founders of this world-famous event and will reveal the story of how it all began.


February 2019

7 February – Fiona Eadie - ‘Tales from the towpath: stories and histories of the Cotswold canals’

For 150 years the Cotswold canals played a vital role in Stroud’s history. Navvies and lock-keepers, lengthsmen and leggers formed part of a vast and numberless company who lived and worked on these waterways. Their stories are just some of the fascinating tales brought to light in Fiona’s new book, and she’s delighted to share some of them with you.

14 February – Kim Baker & Steve Hill - ‘Stroud Time Talk – Stratford Park Estate’ 

A light-hearted, time travelling comic tour through the history of Stratford Park Estate, meeting some of the people who lived and worked here along the way.

28 February – Jane Kilpatrick & Jennifer Harmer - ‘The Giant Snowdrop Company of Hyde – a Pioneering Enterprise’

Snowdrops – known botanically as Galanthus – came of horticultural age between 1854 and 2014. This talk, based on a new book ‘The Galanthophiles’, focuses on The Giant Snowdrop Company of Hyde and the story of the people who sought out, cherished, and shared these deceptively fragile white flowers.


March 2019

7 March – Howard Beard - ‘People of the Stroud Valleys in Old Photographs’

Local historian and collector, Howard Beard, shares some favourite images of the people and places of the Stroud Valleys, caught on camera in the early 1900s.

14 March – Cherry Hubbard - ‘Life in a Cotswold Romano-British Villa’

Step far back in time to visit the homes of the wealthy Romano Britons, who appear to have enjoyed a comfortable life in their sumptuous villas. Cherry will look at how they spent their days in their silks and furs and ask, what did they consider luxury and who owned these lavish villas?

21 March – John Putley - ‘Get Orf Moy Land! The History of Farming in Gloucestershire’

A journey through the history of farming in this part of the world, from prehistory and ancient beginnings to 1914, when the outbreak of WW1 changed rural life forever.

28 March – Alan Vaughan of Eye Witness Productions - Film Screening - MinPins Children’s Choir

We close our programme with something different – a documentary recording a story from very recent history, that of MinPins Children’s Choir.  Discover the story of this much-loved local choir, from its formation in 2014 to the World Premiere performance of ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’ at Bath Abbey in 2017. You may have been lucky enough to hear MinPins sing at the Museum, now this is a chance to discover their story.