Lecture Program 2017 - 2018. All meetings will be held at Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30 on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. There is a £1 door charge per member (excluding children of family members) to defray room hire fees. Door fee for non members is £3.
9th January Title: Parish Churches & Medieval Society in the West Midlands.
Lecturer Dr John Hunt www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/history/hunt-john.aspx
13th February Title: The Archaeology of Bradgate Park; 15,000 Years of an Upland Leicestershire Landscape.
Lecturer Dr Richard Thomas www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/people/academics/thomas
13th March Title: Stories of the English Coinage.
Lecturer Philip Griffiths
This is a one hour presentation that tells the story of coinage from the earliest coins some 2700 years ago, via the first coins to circulate in Britain 2000 years ago, up to the latest post- decimalisation coinage. The talk illustrates how coin design is not only a product of the then current technology and economy, but also the art, culture, language and politics of their time.
10th April Title: War and Worship: Kenilworth Castle and Church.
Lecturer Jan Cooper
Jan Cooper is the chair of Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society and has worked with English Heritage at Kenilworth Castle The talk will cover the history and development of Kenilworth Castle and Kenilworth Priory ( later Abbey ) from their foundations to destruction and demonstrate how closely linked the two were throughout several centuries. One of the most dramatric and significant events was the Great Siege of Kenilworth - the longest siege in English medieval history 1266. A year in which, for some six months, England was governed from Kenilworth
The Abbey was dissolved in 1538 leaving the Castle as the main source of power in the town. Elizabeth I visited and was entertained royally by its then owner Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. However in 1649 it was partly demolished by parliamentarian forces and its glory days were over.
8th May A.G.M.
11th September Title: Margaret Rylatt Memorial Lecture: Romans in the West Midlands.
Lecturer Dr Roger White www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/caha/white-roger.aspx
13th November Title: The Akrotiri Project.
Lecturer Vicki Score www2.le.ac.uk/services/ulas/images/staff-profile-pics/vicki-score-1/view
11th December Title: J.B. Shelton Memorial Lecture: Urban Hopes and Urban Destinies: the Coventry Friaries (covering both Whitefriars and Greyfriars).
Lecturer Deirdre O'Sullivan www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/people/academics/osullivan
8th January Title: Recent Excavations near to the Lunt Fort, Baginton (Title TBC).
Lecturer Nigel Page heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/archaeology/welcome-to-archaeology-warwickshire/the-team/
14th May A.G.M.