Years and subjects chosen
We held our first meeting in January 2019
1945 (All). Rationing (buff, green & blue books), War Artists (many famous names including Lowry & Sutherland), Utility Furniture/clothes/pottery, the bombing of Dresden, the disappearance of US Navy Flight 19 over the Bemuda Triangle, the invention of the first computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator Analyzer and Computer (ENIAC), it weighed 30tons, covered 1800sq ft, failed daily and was less powerful than a modern smart watch weighing a few ounces.
1850 (Chris C). Franlin's last expedition to the arctic looking for the NW passage, The Great Famine (Irish potato famine), the invention of the sewing machine, the Great Exhibition, Joseph Paxton architect of Crystal Palace, Walter Hunt inventor of the safety pin.
1730 (John). John Harrison's clocks, The great fire of Blanford Forum (1731), Black Forest Cuckoo clocks, Josiah Wedgewood (1730-1795), The Circus at Bath & architect John Wood the elder (1704-1754), Theatre censorship, the importance of words & Samuel Johnson's dictionary; Giacomo Casanova, Guliver's Travels & Benjamin Franklin, John Kay's flying shuttle (1733), Capt James Cook (1728-1779).
1934 (David). The liner RMS Queen Mary, Laszlo and the Biro, Percy Shaw and the Cat's Eye road marking, Emelia Earhart, the Hat Industry in Luton, the Hoover Dam.
1690 (Jean). William & Mary & their architecture & furniture; The early Copper & Brass Industry in the Avon Valley; Judge Jefferies & the Salem Witchcraft hysteria & bloody assizes in 1692; Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 & the last pitchfork battle at Sedgemoor; Isaac Newton's 'Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematics' was published in 1687 by the Royal Society; the Window Tax.
1906 (Peter). Incorporation of Rolls Royce Ltd; 1906 San Francisco earthquake; Margaret McMillan, liberal reforms and free school meals; Dr Bernardo's homes; William Morris cars; Japanese raid on Port Arthur using 6 Thornycroft fast destroyers; The Wright Brothers, Orville & Wilbur.
1854 (Sue). Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy FRS, Capt of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin famous voyage, founder of meteorological weather forecasting and of the Met Office; Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to receive a medical degree in the US, the first woman on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council and the founder of the New York Infirmary for Woman and Children. The Victoria Cross 'For Valour', the highest and most prestigious award of the British honours system; Post boxes since 1852 and 10 examples in Milford on Sea.
1627 (Chris M). Barbary Pirates (corsairs); Siege of La Rochelle; Slavery; The Baroque period in art; Cornhill, HM prison Shepton Mallet; Siege of Saint-Martin-de-Re; The invention of the slide rule; The Maldon grain riots.
1780 (Penny). William Addis (1734-1808) and the history of the toothbrush; American war of independence; Louis-Sebastian Lenormand invented the modern parachute and made the first recorded jump in 1783; The Montgolfier brothers and the hot air balloon; Milton Abbas old and new to improve the view of Lord Milton; The Derby Horse Race; The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed more than 22,000 including. At least 12 British Royal Navy ships and most of their crews, which were involved with the American war of Independence, were lost.
1801 (John). Richard Trevithick’s Puffing Devil (1801); Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), author (incl Coningsby & Sybil), MP & PM; Sewing Machines; Napoleon Bonaparte - income tax, Louisiana purchase, Rosetta Stone, modern French Government & laws, Trafalgar (1805) & Waterloo (1815); Acts of Union & flags; 1st UK Census (1801); Edward Jenner & smallpox vaccine (vacca=cow); The Cooperative Society.
1878 (David). Anglo-Zulu war of 1878/9, first British Army defeat in 64 campaigns; Transits of Venus in 1874 & 1882; Whistler suing Ruskin over his comments on his Nocturne in Black & Gold; Northeast passage first completed by Nils Nordenskjold in SS Vega in 1878/9; Blue Jeans patented by Levi Strauss & Jacob Davis in 1873; The Foundation of the Salvation Army in 1878; Cleopatra’s Needle, originally erected in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis on the orders of Pharaoh Thutmose III around 1450 BC, was installed in London in 1878.
1841 (Peter). The Tower of London fire; Charles Goodyear patented the Vulcanisation of rubber in 1844 and Stephen Perry the rubber band in 1845; First Intercity Train from Liverpool to Manchester (L&MR); why China leased HK to Britain in in 1839; Discovery of Mt Erebus; the Colt revolving gun (revolver); Peoples’ Charter of 1838, one person one vote; the end of slavery in the British Empire; Rowland Hill’s postal reforms and the Penny Black.
1924 (Janet). The British Empire Exhibition; Gerald Durrell; Social History in the 1920s; John Logie Baird and the invention of television; Charles Dickens’s time at 48 Doughty St, London, now his museum; Clarence Birdseye and his development of flash freezing, inspired by the eskimos, to form Birds Eye; discovery/development of insulin by Dr Banting & Charles Best in Toronto; the model T Ford, 16.5m produced, one every 93 minutes, interchangeable parts and the moving production line.
1704 (Chris C). The Battle of Blenheim; Captain William Kidd, privateer and pirate; Beau Richard Nash, known as King of Bath Society, gambler and socialite; The Great Storm of 1703; John Kay and his flying shuttle; The Irish Famine of 1740; Longitude and Sir Cloudesley Shovell.
1835 (David). The Highway Act of 1835; the invention of the lawnmower by Edwin Beard Budding; safety of motor cars and motor bikes; Henley Regatta; London to Birmingham Railway; Wenlock Olympic Games; The Great Gold Robbery of 1855; the Tolpuddle Martyrs; the invention of the Mechanical Reaper, precursor to the combine harvester.
1620 (Jean). John Tradescant the elder; Cornelis Drebbel invented the submarine; John Evelyn diarist, writer & gardener; Mayflower & the Pilgrim Fathers; Indentured Labourer before Slavery; Edward Montagu 1st Earl of Sandwich; 30 year war;
1880 (Kim). Fingerprints; Tay Bridge disaster of 1879; Custer’s last stand in 1876; AA Milne; Hiram Stevens Maxim inventor of the machine gun; glass bottles for daily milk deliveries were first invented in 1884; Port Sunlight model village and the Lever Brothers; the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 killed more than 36,000 people and caused the Northern Hemisphere average summer temperature to fall by 0.4 deg C the following year.
TBD (Sue). The Royal Albert Hall; Charles Dickens and the Staplehurst rail crash; the purchase of Alaska by the USA from Russia; Mary ‘Patsy’ Cornwallis-West; John Peake Knight, railway Manager and inventor of the traffic light in 1868; the Pony Express Mail Service; London the first underground railway system.
1788 (Chris M). The arrival of the First Fleet in Australia; systems of measurement and the establishment of the metre; the Mutiny on the Bounty; the biography of Olaudah Equiano also known as Gustavus Vassa; Andrew Pears and pears soap; the invention of the lifeboat by Henry Greathead/William Wouldhave/Lionel Lukin; the beginning of the end of the slave trade by the UK.
1937 (Peter). The A-Z Street Map Book