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April 30, 2022|Reports

“RMS Queen Mary: From War To Retirement” – Stephen Hoadley

This was the second of two talks on the history of the Queen Mary – the first was on Zoom, so it was a real pleasure to welcome Stephen Hoadley in person to finish his excellent history of one of the world’s iconic ocean liners.  Fifty-one members and visitors attended on Tuesday 26th March, including…

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March 31, 2022|Reports

“The Rise and Fall of Emma Hamilton”- Bob France

On Tuesday 22nd March, Bob France made a welcome return for our first ‘face to face’ meeting of 2022, attend by over forty members.  Bob is a volunteer guide and expert on Uppark and that is where he ‘met’ Emma. Emma Hamilton was by any standards a remarkable woman.  She was victimised on the death…

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February 28, 2022|Reports

“Highclere Castle and its Archives” – David Rymill

Perhaps ‘Downton Abbey’ sounds more familiar but Hampshire’s Highclere Castle was where much of the, officially Yorkshire-based, Downton Abbey was filmed.  On Tuesday 22nd February David Rymill, archivist for the Herbert family who own Highclere, joined Wickham History Society on Zoom for a look behind the scenes at this beautiful stately home. Nearly fifty members…

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January 31, 2022|Reports

“The Men Who Built The Cathedrals” – Imogen Corrigan

Wickham History Society’s first talk of 2022 was a virtual one. We decided to stay with Zoom for our January and February meetings to hear from speakers further afield at the time of year when many of us aren’t too keen to go out in the evenings.  From her home in Kent, Imogen Corrigan joined…

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October 31, 2021|Reports

“The East India Company: The corporation that changed the world” – Dr John McAleer

On 26th October Wickham History Society had their second guest speaker of the year: Dr John McAleer of Southampton University. Fifty members heard a fascinating account of a multi-national corporation whose power exceeded anything today’s tech giants have achieved. It all started with a rather unsuccessful spice trading mission in 1599. Queen Elizabeth I gave…

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September 18, 2021|Reports

“Harlots, Dung and Glory: The history of Portsmouth – Part 2” – Andrew Negus

Wickham History Society’s guest speaker – our first face-to-face meeting since February 2020 – was the ever-popular Andrew Negus with his talk Harlots, Dung and Glory: The history of Portsmouth – Part 2, covering the period 1800-1870. Over forty members attended, despite heavy rain, and enjoyed another entertaining but very well-informed and researched romp through…

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May 31, 2021|Reports

“A History of Birds” – Simon Wills

We all have our favourite stories about birds. Simon Wills returned to give a historical context to fifty three Wickham History Society members for the last meeting of the 20/21 programme year on Tuesday 25th May. As you might expect Christianity gives us many of our stories. Most of us know about the dove sent…

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May 31, 2021|Reports

Wickham History Society: Annual Report 2020-2021

Chair’s Introduction: 2020 will certainly be remembered, and not just as our 60th Anniversary! The Covid-19 virus has had a huge impact on our activities. We circulated the Annual Report in May but this year our AGM had to be delayed and, for the first time in our history, is “virtual”. Since the end of…

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April 30, 2021|Reports

“Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth century ancestors” – Janet Few

On Tuesday 27th April over fifty members of Wickham History Society were due to hear a talk by Dr Janet Few only to find at the last minute that her place had been taken by Mistress Agnes and Master Christopher who had kindly time travelled through Zoom in order to give us the real low…

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March 31, 2021|Reports

“RMS Queen Mary: From Launch to Maiden Voyage” – Stephen Hoadley

When King George V was playing golf with a senior Cunard executive, he asked what their famous new cruise ship was to be called. On hearing it was suggested it should be named after Britain’s most famous Queen he replied that his wife Mary would be absolutely delighted… and so the Queen Victoria became the…

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