I am pleased to announce the continuation of the highly successful Fenland History on Friday lectures series throughout April and May. As before – and highlighted in this previous blog post -, these lectures are held in Ely Library from 10.30 to noon. All are welcome (£2.50 on the door).
The following interesting topics remain to be told:
April 19thMainly Manea: reflections on a fenland settlement – Ursula Berry
April 26th Cromwell’s settlers, 17th-century Thorney: the hidden story of the Huguenots who settled on the drained Fenland – Margaret Fletcher
May 3rdLeonard Jenyns, the Gilbert White of Cambridgeshire – Richard Preece
May 10thReflections on the stories and characters of the Bedford Rivers – Mike Petty
The well-known historian Mike Petty has organised a series of fascinating lectures for this winter period. The Fenland History on Friday Programme has become a well-established feature in the calendar year: the current series is already the 10th consecutive series of winter lectures.
Starting tomorrow and running until the end of March, each Friday a lecture will be given in Ely Library. Anyone with an interest in the Fens is more than welcome (£2,50 on the door). The time for each lecture is 10:30 – 12 noon.
Tomorrow’s (January 18) lecture will be given by Mike Petty himself and has the intriguing title ‘Fenland photographers: an illustrated presentation about the men and women who have photographed the fens since the 1850s’.
Future talks include such wide-ranging subjects as Thorney’s 17th century Huguenots who drained the Fens; archaeological excavations at Wisbech; and ‘views from above’, photographs from 19th and 20th century balloonists and aviators. Look at the Fenland History on Friday Programme for the full programme.
Mike Petty is also closely involved in the Ouse Washes LPS project. He is a member of the Project Board, as President of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History, and will also lead on the development of one of the projects, the intention of which is to create an interactive resource on Famous historic Figures of the Fens – more about this in due course.
There are several events in and around the Ouse Washes area which are worth going to:
Interested in wildlife?Come and see the spectacular swan feeding sessions at Welney Wetland Centre. These are scheduled most days at set times, and include the floodlit feeds at 6:30 several days a week. Found out more at http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/welney/whats-on/
Interested in history and archival research? Ely Library hosts a free workshop from 2 – 3:30 PM, tomorrow 8 January, called ‘Local history in libraries – what do we have?’. Although this workshop is focused on Ely, the public library also contains a remarkable collection of books concerning the Fens’ history. More info at http://www.cambridgeshire.net/event/engage-local-history-in-libraries/87032.aspx
Do you have any events, talks, exhibitions, nature walks or community projects in and around the Ouse Washes? Please mail the details to me at email@example.com and I can promote these on this blog.