Summer Programme

Southampton – Water, Slaughter and Trade
Tutor: Andrew Negus
Part 1: Thursday 3 May 2018, 10.00am-12noon
Part 2: Thursday 10 May 2018, 10.00am-12noon
Fee: £6   each part

The talk is in two parts and covers the history and development of Southampton from Roman times until today. Apart from the stories of visiting kings, a giant, Jane Austen and the Luftwaffe, who all left their mark, we shall explore the remarkable mediaeval remains of this historic walled town. Part one covers Southampton 0-1850; Part two covers 1850-the present day.


The Lymington Salt Industry (the latest archaeological and documentary evidence)
Tutor: Frank Green
Thursday 7 June 2018, 10.00am-12noon
Fee: £6

Salt has been produced along the Lymington coastline since at least the Iron Age and potentially even earlier. The methods of production changed in the sixteenth century and the heyday of the industry was between the seventeenth through the eighteenth century. The final production took place in the 1860s by which time it was uneconomic to produce salt from sea water that required coal to be imported as a fuel. The local industry could not compete with salt imported by train from the geological salt deposits in Cheshire. The talk will look at recently discovered new documentary evidence and results from archaeological excavations that further our understanding of the industry and its impact on the local landscape.


British Game Changers! Six little known Britons who shaped our History
Tutor: Roy Doughty
Course 1: Richard Hakluyt. Jeremy Bentham. Ada Lovelace
Thursday 14 June 2018, 10.00am-12noon
Fee: £6
Course 2: Mathew Arnold. Thomas Brassey. Flora Shaw
Thursday 21 June 2018, 10.00am-12noon
Fee: £6


The Industrial Archaeology of the New Forest
Tutor: Frank Green
Thursday 5 July 2018, 10.00am-12noon
Fee: £6

Visitors to the New Forest are quite ofter surprised at the range of industries that once benefited from the varied local geology, forest and timber resources and the needs of emerging urban populations especially in the post-medieval period. There is a ready appreciation of the ship and boat building industries that have continued into modern time. However, the New Forest in the Roman period was in places characterised by an extensive Roman pottery industry that exploited the local clays and woodland resources. Similarly, these resources were also exploited in the late medieval and modern periods for brick and tile making. The sea-salt production industry was extensive possibly from the Iron Age. Iron production has also taken place along with cement production, exploiting coastal resources. The talk will look at recent advances in our knowledge.


Female Emancipation: a brief history of the progress of womens rights in the United Kingdom
Tutor: Geraldine Beech
Thursday 12 July 2018, 10.00am-12noon
Fee: £6

From Queen Matilda to Elizabeth I and from Harriet Martineau to Theresa May, British women have long exercised influence and power out of all proportion to their legal status. Despite this, women have only gradually moved towards economic, social and political equality with men and, in the eyes of many, this achievement remains incomplete. This session will attempt to trace the evolution of women’s rights over the centuries, and will focus on some the women (and men) who advanced feminism in this country.

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