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A group for anyone interested in finding out about events/people/issues in history & discussing their findings with other members of the group. As this group meets in member's homes, it has now reached its limit. If you are interested in joining a History group, please contact Heather Wright (click here or use the 'Contact Us' page).
There was no September meeting as several of the group were away so we started in October. This year we decided to tackle the 18th and 19th centuries. We felt that we knew very little about the 18th century and needed to learn more about it. We divided the period into sections of 25 years within which we would each choose a topic to talk about.
Our meeting in October was on 1700-1725. We talked about The first Hanoverian King George 1, Sarah Churchill, the death of Louis XIV,the South Sea Bubble, the 1715 rebellion and transport improvements.
In November we had a visit to the cinema to see the film Peterloo followed by an Italian meal at Bluewater. Our meeting that month was about 1725-50 and we discussed Fleet Marriages, the Hawkhurst gang, Bow Street Runners, music milestones, women pirates, the Black Act, the Foundling Hospital and the theatre.
In December it was 1750-75 which included Josiah Wedgwood, canals, the agrarian revolution, Captain Cook, Joseph Arkwright and Samuel Johnson's dictionary.
In January instead of a meeting we went to see the film Mary Queen of Scots at Bluewater followed by a meal there.
Our February meeting on 1775-1800 covered Herschel, Mary Wollstonecraft, James Woodforde's diaries, the guillotine, the Marseillaise, Sheridan and taxation.
In March we started on the 19th century, 1800-1825, and talked about Russia in the Napeleonic Wars,the death of Princess Charlotte, Queen Caroline, Dickens boyhood in Chatham, the eruption of Mount Tambora, slavery, William Cobbbett and the Brighton Pavilion.
In April it was 1825-50 but we are doing it over two meeting as there are now ten of us in the group so there was not enought time for each of us to do a talk and discuss it afterwards. The five topics wer the Treaty of Waikiti in New Zealand, the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Charles Darwin's voyage on the Beagle, 1848 the year of revolutions and the start of Birth, Marriage and Death registration.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Fri Jun 21st||2-4pm 1850-1875|
|Fri Jul 19th||No meeting as we will be arranging a visit to Dickens House at Gads Hill|