We meet at 2pm in the Masonic Rooms, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9EN
To start, an invited speaker will give a talk, followed by tea/coffee and then a half hour social and notices, (please see Meeting Diary below), plenty of time is allowed for questions and comments. There is a charge of £1 for members (£2 for visitors). Non-members are most welcome at the monthly meetings.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Feb 21st||Roger Kennell will talk about ' William Pretty & Son - a Suffolk family and corset manufacturer.' - This tells the story of William Pretty and his son and their part in the major Ipswich store of Footman Pretty. The associated corset factory was claimed to be the first such factory in the country, producing a great range of corsets in innovative styles which were exported all over the world. These were manufactured using fabrics such as linen or cotton containing strips of shaped whalebone, horn or rustless Zairoid which would not bend or break, thus maintaining the desired “hourglass” figure of the wearer.|
|Wed Mar 21st||"Ups & Downs: Barnardo's Foster Children in East Anglia 1890 - 1950" - a talk by Peter Davidson.|
It’s a little known fact that over this 60 year period thousands of children from Dr Barnardo’s Homes were boarded out with families in rural East Anglia. The talk explores the stories of these children, some of whom ended up a long way from home while others still live close to where they were brought up.