Talks Programme 2023

Every second Thursday of the month (except July and August), 2.15 for 2.30.

Jan - Richard Sims - Bridport Rope, Net and Twine Industry

Feb - Dr Robert Nantes - ‘Distressed’ in Dorset:  A Tale of Debt, Bankruptcy and Flight in the 1820s

Mar - AGM - No talk

Apr - Rob Curtis - Turnpikes and Toll Roads in Dorset

May - Brian Bates - Dorchester, German Prisoner of War Camp in World War One

June - Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard - Dorset Migration in the 1800s

July/Aug - No meeting  

Sep - Dr Tim Connor - 'The Making of Bridport'

Oct - Bernard Paull - Dorset Bridges - Spanning the Ages:  A Journey along the Rivers, Highways and Byways of Dorset

Nov - Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard, Cheryl Ludgate, Nick Pitt, Robin Stapleton & West Bay Discovery Centre -
‘80 Years Ago: US 16th Infantry Regiment Arrives in West Dorset’

Dec - Dr Roger Ball, University of the West of England -  ‘I fear there will be blood spilt here this evening’: The 1831 Reform Riots in Dorset

Talks from the 2022 programme

Prof. Karen Hunt  -   ‘Looking for Agnes': Bridport’s First Woman Town Councillor

Sheila Meaney  -   ‘I do like to be beside the seaside’: How holidays have changed over the years

Andy Violet  -  A Century of Ceramics: The story of the Torquay Pottery


Dr Lucy Goodison  -  The Myth of the Green Man and other Fertility Fantasies

Rob Curtis  -  The Tolpuddle Martyrs

Dr Tim Connor  -  Mapperton: The Story of a Dorset Parish


Nick Pitt/Robin Stapleton  -  Americans in Bridport: November 1943 to May 1944