Date Event Venue and Time
Monday 15 January 2018 Edward Loveden Loveden - Nick Shippobotham Pavilion - 7:30pm
    The talk will tell TWO stories: mainly the life of Edward Loveden Loveden (1751-1822), his ancestry and his own family's fortunes (and misfortunes), the building of the house and the estate of Buscot Park, as well as Edward's many interests in farming, canals, politics etc.; AND partly the story of the making of the booklet about him.  
Monday 19 February 2018 Roman Cirencester - John Paddock Pavilion - 7:30pm
    The talk will examine the immediate local political and social setting prior to the invasion of AD 43 looking at the pre Roman settlement at Bagendon.  It will explore the military origins of the Roman settlement at Cirencester and its development from a Vicus or village outside a Roman fort and conversion in the later 1st  and early 2nd centuries AD as a tribal administrative settlement or so-called civitas capital.  Finally it will cover its elevation from a civitas capital to the status of a provincial capital in the 4th century;  finishing with the town's rapid decline and the end of Roman Corinium.  
Monday 19 March 2018 Hailes Abbey and the Mystery of the Holy Blood - David Aldred Pavilion - 7:30pm
    The Holy Blood of the Cistercian abbey of Hailes became second only to the tomb of Thomas à Becket in Canterbury as a centre of pilgrimage in the later Middle Ages. This talk will consider the founding of the abbey, life within the monastery and the impact of the Holy Blood. For a short period in the fourteenth century the abbey was granted the income from Lechlade and this also will be considered.  
Monday 23 April 2018 The Great Severn Estuary Flood 1607 - Rose Hewlett Pavilion - 7:30pm
    The flood of 1607 is generally acknowledged to have been the greatest natural disaster to affect communities along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Enduring images from the news pamphlets of the day ensure that it is remembered more than 400 years later, and its cause is still being debated. Was it a tsunami? Was it a storm surge?  
Monday 14 May 2018 Putting Lechlade on the Map: From Gough to Google - John Leighfield Pavilion - 7:30pm
    The talk will cover: the first extant map of Britain with genuine cartographic content (the ‘Gough’ map); the beginning of professional mapping in Tudor times; the evolution of maps of Oxfordshire and surrounding counties from the 16th to 19th centuries; the origin and development of the Ordnance Survey and mapping today up to Google.  John will be bringing some of the key maps he will be discussing; this is a rare opportunity to view such a set of maps.  
  June 2018 Evening visit   
    Details to follow.  
  July 2018 Evening visit   
    Details to follow.  
Monday 17 September 2018 A Beginners Guide to Researching your Family Tree - Alexandra McConnell tbc - 7:30pm
    A guide to the resources on offer at local record offices, particularly the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, to help beginners in family history. It is very much a beginner’s guide, but may well help people who are already doing family history know more about what the record offices can offer.  
Monday 15 October 2018 29th Annual General Meeting tbc - 7:15pm
  New and old members and guests welcome.  
  Lechlade, Past and Present
 
    A dip into our own Society archives.  
Monday 19 November 2018 Lechlade and the Great War 1914-18 –- Paul Cobb tbc - 7:30pm
    To mark the centenary of the end of the war - a look at the experience of a Cotswold village during the Great War including the home front, casualties, medals etc. This presentation is based upon research undertaken in 1997/98 and is well illustrated with photos, maps etc.