Fenland History on Friday Lectures programme 2014

Logos A new series of Fenland History on Friday lectures has recently started again!

Below is an overview of the remaining lectures which are planned over the next months.

Each lecture will take place in Ely Library on Friday morning, 10.30 to noon, £2.50 on the door. All are welcome.

  •  Jan 31        Hugo Brown – Spalding: the man who made directories
  •  Feb 7          David Jones – Hideous Cambridge: a city mutilated
  •  Feb 14        Jacqui Huggins – Life and times of a fen girl: songs of the strawberry fields and more
  •  Feb 21        Shirley Brown – Trumpington: researching and illustrating a village’s development
  •  Feb 28        Mike Petty – Fenland books, paper and digital: what’s been written, where are they
  •  Mar 7          Lorna Delanoy – Changes in a fen village over the last century
  •  Mar 14        Roger Mould – Warboys and fenland archaeology: a community project
  •  Mar 21        Mike Petty – From Littleport to the sea: reflections on the river
  •  Mar 28        Ken Rolfe – Geology and landscape of Cambridgeshire: an introduction
  •  Apr 4          TBC
  •  Apr 11        TBC
  •  Apr 18        no meeting
  •  Apr 25        Jonathan Spain – The Haslingfield shrine
  •  May 2         TBC
  •  May 9         Gordon Philips – Enid Porter and Cambridgeshire folklore: a project

The full programme, with contact details for Mike Petty, the organiser of these lectures, can be downloaded here (Word, .2 MB) : Fenland History on Friday 2014 spring programme revised

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Pope’s Corner, at junction of the Old West and the Cam, c1880. Reproduced with kind permission from Mike Petty.

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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.