Fenland History on Friday lectures continued

Heritage Lottery FundI 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 19th         Mainly 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 3rd            Leonard Jenyns, the Gilbert White of Cambridgeshire – Richard Preece

May 10th          Reflections on the stories and characters of the Bedford Rivers – Mike Petty

Download here the flyer for this series: Fenland History on Friday Poster April and May 2013

For more information, check out www.cambridgeshirehistory.com/MIkePetty, or contact Mike Petty on 01353 648106

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Fen landscape; taken at Wicken Fen. Photo by Patricia Kreyer, all rights reserved.

Fenland History on Friday

Heritage Lottery FundThe 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.

Events in and around the Ouse Washes

Heritage Lottery FundThere 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

Interested in art? Valerie Orchard on her Norfolk Landscape paintings. Ely Art Society hosts this event in the Ely Methodist Church on Friday 11 January, at 7:30 PM. http://visitely.eastcambs.gov.uk/events/ely-art-society-11th-january-2013

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 mark.nokkert@cambsacre.org.uk and I can promote these on this blog.