Copies of the Lecture Programme are sent to members in September each year along with application forms for renewed membership.
All meetings are held in The Hunter Club, 86 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds and begin at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend any lecture for a fee of £5.
Monday 5 October:
WW1 War Memorials in Suffolk
Gwyn Thomas was born and brought up in North Wales, obtained a BA and research MA in History at Bangor University and qualified as an archivist. Spent 37 years as a local government archivist, ending up as Senior Archivist in the Suffolk Record Office. Took early retirement and morphed into a museum curator, in charge of the Suffolk Regiment Museum since 2007.
Monday 2 November:
Dr Francis Young
Catholics in Bury St Edmunds in the 18th century
Francis Young obtained his undergraduate degree and PhD at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is Head of Sixth Form (Academic) at The King's School, Ely and is the author of several books on early modern religious history, most recently The Gages of Hengrave and Suffolk Catholicism, 1640-1767 (2015). He is currently working on an edition of the papers of the Rookwood family for the Suffolk Records Society.
Monday 7 December:
Sixty Years in Constables Country
John Saunders was a police officer for 32 years, retiring in 1997. He has since worked for many organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Resident in Bury St Edmunds, he is a great supporter of the town, its history and heritage and has published his school's history, co-written a Church booklet and input to other local publications. Over time, social change has created considerable development in policing - John will relate many experiences which bring change into context.
Monday 4 January:
19th century Church Building & Restoration in Suffolk
A crusading church-crawler since the age of four, Roy Tricker spent 20 years teaching R.E. and 11 years with the Churches Conservation Trust, before retirement. He is a licensed Reader in the diocese and an emeritus Lay Canon of our cathedral. He has written guides to over 200 churches, also other published works, and continues to proclaim from pulpit, projector and coach-seat the fascination and fun of our wonderful churches. Each one is an unique piece of living history, with amazing craftsmanship from many periods - including the 19th century.
Monday 1 February:
Dr Harvey Osborne
The Swing Riots of 1830 /31
Dr Harvey Osborne completed his MA and PhD research at the University of Lancaster. He has been a member of the History team at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich since 2007 where he is currently course leader. Harvey's teaching and research interests are primarily located in modern British History and in the experience of rural society in particular. His research has tended thus far to centre on rural crime and protest and he has published on poaching and the game laws in particular.
Monday 7 March:
Annual General Meeting
Contributions from society members on topics of local history