Monthly Lectures

All lecture meetings are held in Highworth United Reformed Church, High Street, Highworth, unless otherwise stated. Meetings start at 7.30pm.

Visitors to all events can pay on the door, however, if you wish to book tickets in advance for our lectures or events please email us or telephone Ms. Chris Suter on 01793 764811.
Members are admitted free of charge. Visitors £3.00.

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25th September 2017 - AGM followed by Old Highworth in photos and words - by Ann Marie Murphy and Chris Suter
With some of our archive photos learn more about the town and the people.
30th October 2017 - The Motor Trade 1950 - 1980 - by Alan Nix
Stories of the family business. Motoring before motorways, seat belts, hydraulic brakes and MOT tests. Petrol rationing and the 3 day week.
27th November 2017 - The social etiquette of drinking in the Georgian and Regency periods - by Martin Collinson
The development of the drinking glass, and the tea and coffee meeting places. Also some of the men of wealth and influence who frequented them.
December 2017 - No Meeting.

29th January 2018 - Women at work in WW1 - by Gerry Churchyard
With the men away the women came out of the home and went to work. Find out the many and varied jobs that they took on.
26th February 2018 - The Archaeology and Early History of Highworth - by Mike Stone
With the new building work in the town finds of the early settlers are being made all the time. Areas include the Cricklade Road area, The Willows and Priory Green.

26th March 2018 - The Mistresses of Charles II - by Chris Scott
The stories of some of these women, many of whom obtained wealth and power for their families. Barbara Villiers, the most beautiful woman of her day. Did a marriage between Charles and Lucy Walter really take place?

30th April 2018 - The Elizabethan Country House - by Dr. Gill White
One of the most lively and creative periods of English country house building. Examples given include Longleat, Wollaton, Hardwick, Kirby and the alterations made to Kenilworth Castle.

21st May 2018 - The Supermarine Swift - by Guy Ellis
The 'Swift WK275' was developed and manufactured in the 1940s and 50s. A spate of accidents caused it to be grounded. These issues led to a public scandal surrounding the aircraft.

The rest of the programme to be announced

Other Events

To be announced

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Highworth School Photographs etc from yesteryear


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Our Next Monthly Guest Speaker

30th Octoberr 2017
The Motor Trade 1950 - 1980
by Alan Nix
Stories of the family business.
Motoring before motorways, seat belts and MOT tests.

Prices for Lectures:
Members: Free of charge
Visitors: £3.00.

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