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 3 October:
The Angel Roofs of Suffolk
Michael Rimmer studied Classics at Oxford University before becoming an investment manager and photographer. In 2010 he set out to create the first comprehensive photographic record of every angel roof in East Anglia. Unlike stained glass and statuary, the roofs were often too difficult to reach by the Reformation iconoclasts and as a result these carvings comprise the largest surviving body of major English medieval wood sculptures. Michael lives in Norfolk and lectures on medieval art and architecture.
Monday 7 November:
Dr Nick Amor
Cloth-making in medieval Bury St Edmunds
Dr Nick Amor is a medieval historian whose PhD was published as Late Medieval Ipswich: Trade and Industry. He has recently finished work on a forthcoming volume on the medieval cloth industry From Wool to Cloth: The Triumph of the Medieval Clothier. He is chairman of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History and council member of the Suffolk Records Society and Friends of the Suffolk Record Office. He lives with his family in Stanningfield.
Monday 5 December:
Dr John Sutton
Suffolk's most famous Cavalier - Col.Thomas Blague
An eleven-plus reject, John Sutton graduated with a first-class honours degree in history at Lancaster University in 1969. He became a lecturer on the English Civil War at the higher education institution now known as Anglia Ruskin University where the high point of his career was the series of day-schools he organised in 1999. A decade earlier he was the author of the Anglia television series entitled A War in the Kingdom devoted to 'the brother-killing days of the 1640s'. Dr Sutton has a number of academic publications to his credit and since retiring he has lectured extensively on P&O, Fred Olsen and Saga cruises, at the summer schools of Cambridge University and in the Bury Record Office.
Monday 9 January:
Georgian wallpaper in Bury Houses
Philip Aitkens is an Historic Buildings Consultant based near Bury St Edmunds. His training was in architecture, working for Martin Whitworth in Crown Street where the practice was focused on the care of historic buildings, an ideal start to his career. His interests include medieval carpentry, early farm buildings and the interior design of vernacular buildings. The redevelopment of the centre of Bury St Edmunds during the 1990s caused losses to the interior of many houses, and it became clear that someone needed to record this. Wallpaper became an obsession, and beautiful designs were rescued from the skip; out of this has come his nationally important collection of Georgian papers and the basis of a book on the subject which is in the process of being written.
Monday 6 February:
Dr Nick Sign
Suffolk between the Wars
A graduate of London University, Dr Sign has taught in High Schools as a department head and Deputy Headmaster, has lectured at a College of Education in Lincolnshire and until his retirement in 2008 he was joint leader of the B.A. Hons History degree at Suffolk College, now University Campus Suffolk. He gained his M. Phil for research into 17th century education and his Ph.D. for a study of secondary education in Suffolk from 1900 to 1939. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Suffolk Local History Council and Hon. Editor of their journal, Suffolk Review. He recently co-authored with Dr Margaret Thomas The Loyal Suffolk Hussars; a History of the Suffolk Yeomanry 1794-1967 which was published in 2012.
Monday 6 March:
Annual General Meeting
Robert Halliday has lived in Bury St Edmunds since his family moved here when he was ten. His greatest interest is perhaps the study of historic churches, which he regards as one of the great advantages of living here. He has had various jobs associated with history, including a stint with the Churches Conservation Trust. He is an active freelance writer, which has prompted him to write about gravestones.