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Gloucestershire Section

Meetings of the Gloucestershire section are held at St Johns Church, Churchdown, GL3 2DB and start at 8.00pm, unless otherwise stated.
There is a £1 charge per visitor per meeting. For more details contact: Miss Angela Newcombe (01452 859308 / newcombe@warrentwo.fsnet.co.uk).


Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Canon Prof Nicholas Orme MA DPhil, DLitt, FSA, FeHistS
A Very Short History of England's Cathedrals
2.30pm, in the Parliament Room, Gloucester Cathedral

Next spring sees the publication of Nicholas Orme's The History of England's cathedrals - believe it or not - this is the first time anyone has ever written a complete history of them and their activities from Roman times to the present day. As a taster of the book, he offers this quick guided tour through the 1700 years in which they are known to have existed.

Nicholas Orme is emeritus professor of history, Exeter University, and an emeritus lay canon of Truro Cathedral.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Tony Roberts, BSc, MA, AIFA Archaeoscan
The Romans at Hanging Hill

Tony Roberts of Archeoscan will outline the findings from the excavation at two Roman villa sites in South Gloucestershire that he has been excavating over the past few years. Tony will illustrate how members of the public attending his digs have uncovered a range of Roman buildings at Doynton and Upton Cheyney. He will also touch on other public participation activities his company has facilitated such as excavations at Robinswood Hill, near Gloucester, and geophysics at Astley Castle in Summer 2016.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Dr John Chandler BA, PhD
Victorian Values: the VCH past and future

What has the Victoria History achieved, what is it trying to do now, and does it - should it – have a future. John Chandler, VCH Gloucestershire editor, ponders forty years of reading it, and five years of writing it.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Ian Barnes, Cotswold Archaeology
Roman Rural Activity in Mickleton

Cotswold Archaeology conducted an excavation of a development site in Mickleton over an area approximately 4 hectares between 2014 and 2015. The site included remains indicating multiple phases of Roman agricultural activity, largely of the 2nd century.

Wednesday 15 March 2017
John Loosley MA Cantab
The Poor Law in Gloucestershire Before 1834

The Elizabethan poor law acts of 1598 and 1601 and subsequent laws of settlement had a major impact on the treatment of the poor. The talk will focus on the implementation of these acts, by justices of the peace and overseers of the poor in the period up to the poor law amendment act of 1834.