First Special “Open” Meeting
Thursday 7th October 2021 2.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
Comparing Civilisations…5000 Years and 15 Countries Speaker: Anthony Addams
Egypt 3000 BC
Babylon 1750 BC
Athens 500 BC
Born in ancient Mesopotamia, with the “Code of Hammurabi”, you might have been a “Superior Woman”, or an “Inferior Man”. Born in Ancient Greece, the birthplace of Democracy, you might have had the vote, but only if you were an Athenian. Under Magna Carta, were you a Baron? Or a serf …with no rights, not even owning your own body? How was Israel set up as a new state? The oldest continuous democracy is…? Where and when you were born over the centuries, would determine your life. Anthony explores the staggering differences in forms of government in 15 countries over 5000 years.
Magna Carta 1215 AD
America 1688 AD
Please note: This is our “Welcome Back” special meeting, with NO admittance charge, and open to all, friends and acquaintances, as well as regular members. At the end, we shall hold a short discussion session to gather your views on the way forward with RNTA after our enforced suspension.
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Wednesday 20th October 2021 7.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
Mary Queen of Scots – the Captive Queen 1568-1587 Speaker: David Templeman
David Templeman, Elizabethan historian, writer and lecturer, came to us a few years ago with his knowledgeable and inspiring two talks about the life of Mary Stuart in captivity in England, and he now returns to us with an updated and revised edition of this enthralling story, tied in with his recent book on the same subject. David writes:
“Find out what really happened to Mary in her captivity years on this journey around Carlisle Castle, Bolton Castle, Tutbury, Wingfield Manor, Chatsworth, Sheffield Castle and Manor Lodge, Buxton and Worksop Manor. Rather than the benign period portrayed by her biographers, the talk conveys intrigue, passion, plots and escape attempts. It is an important part of the story of one of history’s most romantic and enigmatic character's.”
Mary Stuart at Fotheringhay -painting by John Duncan
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Thursday 4th November 2021 2.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
Railway Crime Speaker: Mike Riley
Mike Riley, who has given us previous lively talks on the Great Central Railway and Railway Accidents, returns to give a fascinating illustrated run-down of notable crimes on the railways of Britain during the last two hundred years. (We all know about the famous Great Train Robbery of 1963, but what of the murder of Elizabeth Camp, the first woman ever to be murdered aboard a train in Britain (1897), and of the Merstham Tunnel Mystery (1905)?)
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Wednesday 17th November 2021 7.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
The Panama Canal (and more) Speaker: Anthony Addams
Why was the Panama Canal built? Why did the French fail? How did the Americans succeed? Anthony Addams (a member of our Rugby NTA) describes in his illustrated talk, the history, politics, construction and operation of this canal, while we transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
This is followed by a look at other extraordinary canal structures in France, Belgium, Scotland and Germany. Compare different engineering solutions and see why one was doomed to failure. All illustrated with 130 slides and personal exploration.
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Thursday 2nd December 2021 2.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
"Light Fantastic" - One Thousand Years of Stained Glass Speaker: Keith Cattell
Having given us excellent talks on “Victorian Architecture” and “English Castles” in previous years, Keith returns with another visually enthralling presentation. He writes:
“Although a very common material, glass, when coloured and assembled into pictures and patterns, has entranced man for well over 1000 years. It is now enjoying a world-wide resurgence of interest and this talk covers its history from the earliest examples to the present day.”
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Thursday 20th January 2022 2.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
Annual General Meeting Followed by:
National Trust Aspirations for the Midlands and East of England Speaker: Paul Forecast
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Thursday 3rd February 2022 2.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
Creating a New Feature from an Old Garden Speaker: Mick Evans
Mick Evans, Head Gardener at National Trust’s Packwood, is visiting us again to present another fascinating chapter in the work he and his team are doing in re-imagining and re-creating the gardens and landscape at Packwood.
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Wednesday 16th February 2022 7.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
The History of the BTH Works in Rugby Speaker: Alain Foote
Following his enthralling and deeply researched study of the Willans works in Rugby, which he gave us two years ago, Alain returns with the story of another major landmark of Rugby’s industrial past, the British Thomson-Houston works, for so many years a prominent and iconic feature of railway journeys into and out of Rugby station.
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Thursday 3rd March 2022 2.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
Northampton Guildhall - A Story in Stone Speaker: Kate Wills
Kate Wills will recount the story of one of the most striking and beautiful Town Halls in England, an outstanding work of Edward William Godwin, one of the most imaginative and artistic architects of the Nineteenth-century Gothic Revival. His work here was not confined to the design of the building, but also to stunning interiors and superbly crafted furniture for the working spaces within; a truly aesthetic whole.
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Wednesday 16th March 2022 7.30pm Dunchurch Village Hall
Queen Victoria - A Life in Portraits Speaker: Gillian White
Throughout her long life, Queen Victoria was painted by the Leading artists of the day. From daughter to empress, by way of wife, mother and dog-owner, her ever-changing role on Britain’s stage was carefully captured and controlled for both public and private consumption. In this talk we’ll follow her story in a selection of these portraits – some familiar, some perhaps surprising – and see a winsome toddler develop into a symbol of the nation.
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