Author: Jane Painter

October 31, 2023|Reports

“Harlots, Dung and Glory: History of Portsmouth Part 4” – Andrew Negus

Sixty-six members and guests of the Wickham History Society heard the concluding talk on Portsmouth’s history by Andrew Negus. Once again, it was an engaging and detailed talk done without notes: Andrew is a very accomplished speaker, and he knows his subject having been brought up in Paulsgrove. The title for this talk is misleading:…

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September 30, 2023|Reports

“The Manor of Wickham” – Geoff Phillpotts

Ninety-three members and visitors – a record! – attended the first meeting of the Wickham History Society’s Autumn Programme. The subject was a local one: The Early History of the Manor of Wickham and Geoff Phillpotts, Chair of the Society, took members through the manor’s first 600 years from the eleventh century to the seventeenth…

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May 31, 2023|Uncategorized

“The Archaeology of the Meon Valley: Stone Age to Post Medieval” – Kay Ainsworth

Wickham History celebrated it’s AGM on Tuesday 23rd May with a talk by Kay Ainsworth on local archaeology. Sixty eight members and visitors heard Kay talk us through early ‘hunter gatherer’ remains at Meon Shore and elsewhere to the grander post medieval buildings in the Meon Valley and elsewhere. Kay worked for over twenty five…

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May 27, 2023|News | Reports

Wickham History Society: Annual Report 2022 – 2023

Chair’s Introduction Now we are in our sixties – that is Wickham History Society I mean – we are just starting to get going! Our two-day exhibition on 1st and 2nd of October at Wickham Community Centre was packed on both days and our visitors clearly enjoyed the different exhibitions on all aspects of Wickham’s…

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April 30, 2023|Reports

“Violet’s Titanic Escape” – Jane Glennie

Jane Glennie gave a mesmerising performance as Titanic stewardess Violet Jessop, gripping sixty eight members and visitors at Wickham History Society’s April talk. Jane began Violet’s story in 1939 at the eve of the Second World War. She took us back to 1908 when Violet became a stewardess for the Royal Mail line. Violet’s first…

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March 31, 2023|Reports

“The Civil War in Hampshire” – Alan Turton

Alan Turton is a military historian who specialises in the English Civil War and was curator at the civil war site of Basing House for twenty four years. On Tuesday 25th March seventy one members and guests of Wickham History Society gathered at Wickham Community Centre to hear about Hampshire’s role in the Civil War….

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February 28, 2023|Reports

“The History of Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley” – Ursula Pearce

On Tuesday 28th February Ursula Pearce, the Heritage and Education officer at the Royal Victoria Chapel, gave us the story behind the original hospital that is now Royal Victoria Country Park. A magnificent Victorian hospital dominated the park fronting onto the Solent, with it’s own pier and railway line.  48 members and guests of Wickham…

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January 31, 2023|Reports

“Behind the Scenes of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’” – Nick Barrett

There was a real treat for members who Zoomed into the January meeting when Dr Nick Barratt joined about fifty members of the History Society to tell us the story behind the celebrity family history series Who Do You Think You Are? Nick, who is President of Hampshire Genealogical Society, has an amazing number of…

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December 8, 2022|Reports

“Domestic Technology: We Had One of Those!” – Stephen Hoadley

Sixty members of the Wickham Society and History Society came to our Christmas get together on Tuesday 6th December. As well as Christmas refreshments, they had an opportunity to go down memory lane with Stephen Hoadley who reminded us about all those essential household appliances of the mid to late twentieth century – the Kenwood…

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November 30, 2022|Reports

“The Tragedy of War – Vietnam” – Jeremy Prescott

As part of our remembrance theme in November, we invited Jeremy Prescott back, but we chose a rather different topic. The Vietnam war is one that most people in ‘the west’ now prefer to forget. World politics, and Vietnam, have changed so much over the last half century it is now very difficult to understand…

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