Friday 13th September
Assessment of major events promoting commerce, the arts, and the Empire from 1851 to the present day, including Worcester’s celebrated extravaganza of 1882.
Mike Jackson: ex-producer/director for BBC factual programming, including ‘The Antiques Roadshow’ staged at Worcester Cathedral.
Friday 11th October
MADE IN OLDBURY
A huge array of audacious manufactured products from the Victorian workshops of Oldbury in the Black Country. Second truckload after last year’s popular visit.
Terry Daniels: a dedicated local historian who has acquired unrivalled knowledge and evidence of vital streams of Black Country heritage.
Friday 8th November
Examining 18th and early 19th century agricultural enclosure practices across the Midlands that resulted in dramatic changes to farming capacity and severe disruption to traditional livelihoods.
Richard Churchley: former deputy head-teacher; now historical researcher and musician. Holds University of Birmingham PhD for his regional rural studies.
Friday 13th December
IRONBRIDGE GORGE - THEN AND NOW
The evolving significance of a crucible of the industrial revolution. From experimental furnace technology to mass production of Victorian artefacts; now an international tourist destination.
Richard Bifield: ex-Chair of Friends of Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Friday 10th January 2020
NARROW GAUGE RAILWAYS
Exploring the honourable history of location-specific rail facilities from Roman times to the 20th century – conveying coal, ores, chemicals, armaments and workers.
David Morgan: ex-science teacher and adult education tutor.
Friday 14th February
We stay on track with a consideration of Victorian attempts to provide mass transport prospects to and from north Gloucestershire and the value of these endeavours for D-Day preparations.
Ian Boskett: long time Chair of Tewkesbury YMCA Railway Society
Friday 13th March
50 WORCESTER BUILDINGS
An appreciation of some of the city’s most significant architecture and valued structures, drawn from James Dinn’s new book.
James Dinn: City Archaeologist at Worcester City Council.
Friday 17th April (change of date and topic
THE BUTTS BRANCH, WORCESTER
A presentation of the Butts Spur line railway which ran alongside the River Severn from 1862 to the 1960s.
Chris Wilkinson: Worcester Locomotive Society
ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE LECTURE THEATRE RGS WORCESTER AND WILL START AT 7:30pm.
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