Next Meeting: Monday 21st February 2022 – 500 Years of Broadway Maps
Our next meeting will take place on Monday 21st February starting at 7pm in the Lifford Memorial Hall. The Society looks forward to welcoming back David Ella as our speaker with his illustrated talk entitled 500 Years of Broadway Maps.
During David’s talk we will be looking at a wide range of maps which include Broadway, created from the 1570s through to 2020. While interesting and attractive in themselves the maps will be used to try and resolve some unanswered historical questions about Broadway and Broadway Hill. We will look at old county maps, and also unpublished estate maps for Middle Hill, Spring Hill, and the Countess of Gainsborough’s estates in Chipping Campden, which ran to the top of Broadway Hill. Amongst other things, we will look at the engineer’s diagram for the 1820’s roadworks on Broadway Hill, alongside an angry letter from Sir Thomas Phillipps who provided the land. We will find out why Broadway is in Worcestershire, why Five Mile Drive is only two miles long, and finally try and resolve how Colonel Lygon displayed the Battle of Waterloo at his Spring Hill estate, just beyond Broadway Tower. Closer to the village we will look at the “Haunted House”, and understand why one of the houses in the High Street lies at 45 degrees to the road – with the help of the Broadway Enclosure Map.
There will be a table display of original 17th and 18th century maps which can be viewed either before or after David’s talk.
Hand sanitiser and masks will be available. The Comittee will set out the chairs prior to the start of the meeting but please feel free to move them if you would prefer to sit in a different location in the hall. In line with current guidance we will leave the doors to the hall open until just before the start of the talk to allow as much fresh air into the hall prior to the start of the meeting. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the committee.
The History Society’s October meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday 18th October 2021, in the Lifford Memorial Hall. Robin Goldsmith will be giving an illustrated talk entitled Seeds of Victory, the First World War.
In the summer of 1914, Britain had a small, tightly funded army, widely considered to have the best trained soldiers in the world. It had been extensively restructured and modernised following conflict against the Boers in South Africa, that ended in 1902. A General Staff had been created to command the Expeditionary Force.
No-one, German, French nor British predicted the nature of the war that would break out that summer. The Prussians and French had had a dry run in 1870-71, which the Prussians had won convincingly. From that conflict both had learned the wrong lessons and Britain was determined not to become embroiled in a continental war. How did Britain’s small Imperial Army transform itself, over four years into the most powerful force on the Western Front? It is a story of enterprise, initiative, innovation, organisation, and determination. Surprised? Let me tell you something.
All welcome. Non-members £3 on the door. Annual membership costs £10 per person.
On Wednesday 3rd May, Jenny Rowley-Bowen will be giving a talk on Snowshill and Snowshill Manor in Snowshill Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.
Jenny manages Snowshill Manor (a National Trust property), organises conservation work and leads a team of Conservation Assistants at the Manor, and her talk will present new research about the village and the role of the Manor once owned by the eccentric Charles Wade. Over his lifetime, Charles Wade amassed a large collection of cultural artifacts each with their own unique story. Jenny will recount some of the stories from the collection and talk about the on-going archaeological excavation of a model village that Charles Wade had built in the grounds which over the years fell into disrepair.
On Thursday 23rd March 2017, Dr Caroline Palmer, Curator of the Gertrude Hermes Exhibition at Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, will give a talk entitled In the Groove starting at 6.30pm in the Museum, Tudor House, High Street, Broadway.
Caroline Palmer worked as an editor for the art publishers Thames & Hudson before completing her PhD in Art History on the subject of women as connoisseurs and writers on art 1780–1860. A former associate lecturer in the History of Art at Oxford Brookes University, she now supervises the Western Art Print Room of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She recently contributed to the Ashmolean’s Great British Drawings catalogue (2015), and co-edited with Carly Collier Discovering Ancient and Modern Primitives: the Travel Journals of Maria Callcott, 1827–28 for the Walpole Society (2016). Caroline has lectured on a variety of subjects for the Ashmolean (Print Room talks), at Chawton House, at the National Gallery and Tate Britain, and she has a particular interest in the work of women artists in the Ashmolean’s collection.
Tickets £10, including a refreshment, available to book in advance book by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10% discount on all talks and events for Friends of the Museum. For further information about Broadway Museum and Art Gallery visit http://www.ashmoleanbroadway.org/. The Gertrude Hermes Exhibition runs until 1st May 2017.
On Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 8pm, Mary Alexander will give a talk entitled Fizz and Crackle: Imagination, Innovation and Curiosity in the work of John Singer Sargent at Evesham Arts Centre, Victoria Avenue, Evesham WR11 4QH.
American artist John Singer Sargent RA (1856-1925) made the quiet Cotswolds village of Broadway his home during the mid 1880s, and became a member of the ‘Broadway Colony’ a bohemian crowd of artists and writers living in the village. Whilst in Broadway, Sargent painted what has become his most famous painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose in the gardens of Russell House and Farnham House.
Sargent is regarded as the leading society portrait painter of his generation and Art History lecturer and tutor, Mary Alexander, will explore his extraordinary inventiveness and technical brilliance across a range of media and subjects.
Tickets £7 on the door. For further details tel. 01386 48883.
On Monday 20th February 2017, ceramics and antiques expert Henry Sandon MBE will give a talk on ‘Worcester China’ starting at 7pm in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms Hotel, High Street, Broadway. After his talk, Henry will gladly value any porcelain or china brought along.
This event is free to Members of the Broadway History Society, non-members welcome £3 on the door.
For more information about this event or membership of Broadway History Society please telephone Mary Smith, 01386 853278.