Calendar

Jan
24
Thu
The History of Freemasonry
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

A talk by Neil Hancock.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Feb
19
Tue
The Politeness of Princes
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

This lecture by Imogen Corrigen examines the reality of manners and etiquette in later the Medieval period. A far cry from the popular image of appalling table manners, Medieval dining was a minefield of do’s and don’ts, many of which were recorded in courtesie books (Teach Yourself How To Be A Gentleman texts).

A rich vein of artistic evidence also survives, bearing out what is written. The lecture deals with the structure of formal banquets and the food eaten as well as how young gentlemen were trained and more everyday advice to women about hygiene and how to conduct themselves.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Mar
21
Thu
Bugs, Plagues and Pestilence
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

John is a retired Senior Bio-Medical Officer, and will talk about how different episodes of pestilence etc; shaped the future of histories of their time. He will tell us how diseases caused the downfall of the Greek’s, Roman’s, feudalism in England and France and the downfall of Napoleon. He will also ask us questions such as Small Pox? is/was there a Big Pox?

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Apr
25
Thu
The Manorial Courts – audience participation
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Jean’s talk will explain how Manorial Court came into being following the Norman Conquest. It required the Lord of the Manor to provide a Court for his tenants and were the lowest form of in the Country. The Lord of the Manor held jurisdiction and would preside over the Hearings, supported by his Chairman and a record would be written in the Manorial Rills. The end of this talk will be particularly interesting.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

May
21
Tue
SHM AGM – The Battle of Kohima
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

For your Tomorrow, We gave our Today: when 500 soldiers of the Royal West Kent’s were deployed into Kohima to stop the advance of a Japanese Division of 12,000 men and thus saved India from Japanese occupation.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Jun
12
Wed
The Fair Maid of Kent
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

James talk will feature Joan the Fair Maid of Kent, said to have been the most beautiful woman in England, and her family and how that family overlapped in a significant way with another branch of the English Royal family. The talk will concentrate more on domestic matters than military or political although the latter cannot entirely be excluded.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Jul
17
Wed
Sheppey’s Admiral
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

This illustrated talk will concentrate on the life and times of the 18th century admiral Sir William Parker who was born in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey. At the start of his career he was assistant to James Cook and the exploration of Newfoundland.

Come along and find out more about this local historical figure.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

 

Sep
17
Tue
HRGS AGM and. Royston Grange
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Royston Grange was a British cargo liner. On 11th May 1972 the ship collided with another in dense fog a few miles from Uruguay. Jerry will bring this story alive and tell us about the consequences of the collision.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Oct
10
Thu
Boaters, Blackouts and Codswallop
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Story of West Street, Sittingbourne in 10 Thingamajigs.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.

Nov
14
Thu
The History of East Street Sittingbourne
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This will be an illustrated virtual walk down East Street Sittingbourne in the past taking in the alms houses, the inns, the coachbuilders, the Wesleyan School and the chapel. A look at the shops and hearing the stories of some of the families who made up the lively community there.

Open to non-members – costs £3, Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members, Sittingbourne Society and HRGS e-members £1. Free for full HRGS members.