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Local History – January to May 2020

9 January, 2020

Here is the programme for the Local History group until May 2020

Full details are shown below. 

Colin Flack of Chinnor will be giving a talk on the History of Chinnor. This will take the format of a presentation of original photographs taken in the early 1900s. These were of the glass slide format so some interesting photos.

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will be £3.

A talk by Ian Waller entitled “THERE’S NONE AS QUERE AS FOLK!”. Ian has given talks in the past to the WT Historical Society and is an excellent and entertaining speaker.  The topic concerns communities with their own traditions, peculiarities and dialect. Many of these originated in early history and through to the modern day. Much has been preserved in pictorial, written and even oral histories. This talk gives examples of such traditions (often humorous) and puts them into the context of village and town life.

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will be £3.

A talk by Geoff Lodge of the Wendover U3A entitled: The life of Cecelia Payne. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, original name in full Cecilia Helena Payne, (born May 10, 1900, Wendover, Eng.—died Dec. 7, 1979, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.). She went to Cambridge Uni in 1919 and in 1923 received a fellowship to study at Harvard. She is reckoned to be amongst the 100 women trailer blazers.

British-born American astronomer who discovered that stars are made mainly of hydrogen and helium and established that stars could be classified according to their temperatures.

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will be £3.

In conjunction with the Science & Technology Group we have arranged a visit the Milton Keynes Museum which has an interesting location, artefacts and a telephone museum with working exchange. This will be a whole day visit and we will car share. Details of times and costs are in the attached flyer.

Colin Oakes, who gave the talk on Chesham, is back to give us a talk on the history of Amersham.

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will be £3.

To follow up on Colin’s talk I have spoken to Amersham museum to arrange a visit and a walk through the old town. They can manage 30 people in 2 groups of 15. The plan would be to meet at the museum for tea/coffee etc at 10:15am. Then for group 1 to go off at 10:30am and group 2 at 10:40am. The walk lasts 60 -90 minutes.  The museum is then open for the whole day so people can either go to the museum straight after the walk or have a bite to eat and then go to the museum. Museum has been expanded since our last visit some 8 years ago.

The cost will be £10 to include the walk and the visit to the museum with an extra £2 if you wish to have tea/coffee etc.  I will be taking numbers from the February meeting onwards.

To be confirmed.