|Meeting pattern||3rd Wednesday, 10:15|
|Venue||Wells Museum Zoom meetings|
Update Oct 2020
The Local History group is organised by four members and has continued to go from strength to strength! We have a very healthy membership and as we meet in the Museum, we are able to accommodate a large membership. We have not had to limit numbers to a talk yet, but if everyone turned up, we may have to!
We started the year with an excellent talk by “Cheddar Man”. Adrian Targett was a teacher at Kings of Wessex school when a skeleton was found in a local cave. He was asked to invite some of his pupils to have a DNA test to ascertain whether any of them were direct descendants of the skeleton. They were a little dubious so he took a test himself, to reassure them. Eventually, it was Adrian who turned out to have direct ancestry! A television programme was made and so Adrian was able to talk us through the making of it. We then had Atis Antonovics telling us about the socialite, Frances Waldegrave of Chewton Mendip.
And then we had lockdown! The programme for the rest of the year was varied and interesting so we are attempting to ask these people to speak again, either by Zoom or eventually, in person. At the moment, we are planning a programme to be shared on Zoom, starting in January. We may use some talks already prepared from South West Heritage Trust , the first being Crime and Punishment in Somerset. We have Chris Eldridge speaking about the history of Wells Cathedral School and also Ian Keyes on the historic mills of Shepton Mallet. A few who should have spoken would prefer to wait until they can talk in the flesh –so let’s hope that won’t be too long in coming!
We have had a variety of speakers and try , where possible to use those with links to local affairs. These have included:
- A visit to the Bishops Palace with a guided tour,
- A landowner from Wall Eden Farm near Highbridge - who has found an abundance of artefacts on his land including Roman,
- A talk from a member entitled “Royal Operations” --if only the Royals knew we were talking about their bodies and what they had done!