Westbury & District

History & Archaeology

Leader: Richard Woodroofe

Meets on various Fridays with the location and time being dependent on the event. Indoor meetings £3, including tea/coffee

On Monday 24th February we have a visit to the small arms military museum at Warminster at which is displayed weaponry from the bow and arrow to the state of the art.

On Friday 28th February at 2pm at the URC hall Dr Cat Jarman, an archaeologist and historian based at Bristol University will give a talk. Cat is one of the leading authorities in the country on the Vikings and has appeared on TV talking about them. She will talk to our group on ‘The Viking Great Army’. We are fortunate to have ‘recruited‘ Cat. This is an event not to be missed!

On Friday 24th April we have a visit to Bath Abbey to learn about the 'Bath Abbey Project'
which has taken place over the past couple of years to help restore the Abbey and which has revealed some major archaeological finds.

On Friday 9th June we have our annual 'all-day' outing, this year to Hampton Court.

On Friday 7th August at 2pm we have a guided walk around the historic town of Frome. The walk will last upto 2 hours. There will be 'escape routes ' for those wishing to depart before the completion of the walk.

On Friday 4th September at 2pm in the URC hall we have a talk from Dr Hannah-Marie Chidwick, an expert on Roman military history based at Bristol University on 'Life in the Roman army'-an event not to be missed. Hannah has appeared recently on TV talking on an aspect of this topic. We can find out from Hannah what it was like to be a Roman squaddie!

On Friday 6th November, at 2pm in the URC hall, we have a talk from Dr Nicola Tallis, a nationally acknowledged expert in Tudor history. Nicola will speak on 'Margaret Beaufort'. Nicola had published last year a biography of Margaret Beaufort who manoeuvred for her son Henry to overthrow King Richard 3rd, and establish the Tudor dynasty as King Henry 7th.This is another event not to be missed. You may recall Nicola from the brilliant talk she gave a couple of years ago on Lady Jane Grey

On Friday 4th December at 2pm in the URC hall we have a talk.Margaret Moles, an archivist from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, will talk about 'A Wiltshire Christmas' drawing on documents recording Christmas'past in the county. This should be topical and fun.

There is no limit on numbers in the group. We currently have about 50 'on the books' but any U3A member is welcome to join.

For further details contact Richard Woodroofe on 07526283901 or woodroofe@outlook.com

Dates for your Diary
Fri Feb 28th 2.00pm - Talk by Dr Cat Jarman of Bristol University: "In search of the Great Viking Army."
Fri Apr 24th 2.00pm - Talk at Bath Abbey by Cai Mason, the archaeological site director, on the discoveries made during the Footprint Project.
Fri Jun 5th Annual 'all-day' outing, this year to Hampton Court.
Fri Aug 7th 2.00pm - Guided walk around Frome. Cost £4.
Fri Sep 4th 2.00pm - Talk by Dr Hannah-Marie Chidwick, an expert on Roman military history, based at Bristol University, on 'Life in the Roman army'
Fri Nov 6th 2.00pm - Talk by Dr Nicola Tallis, a nationally acknowledged expert in Tudor history, on Margaret Beaufort.
Fri Dec 4th 2.00pm - A speaker from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre will talk to us about 'A Wiltshire Christmas' which will cover how Christmas was spent over the ages.
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