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26th Feb
Judith Wright – A History of Boots Booklovers Library

This talk, illustrated with images from the Boots Archive, will explore the history of the Boots Booklovers Library and discover why it was so well-loved and successful.

It will look at the role it played in the early years of the 20th century when books were not as common a feature of everyday life as they are today, as well as give a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes working of Boots Library Department, the libraries’ architecture, advertising, staff training and the books themselves available on the shelves.

26th Mar
Michael Eaton – Charlie Peace, his Amazing Life and Astounding Legend

Charlie Peace was the most celebrated criminal of the late nineteenth century – a burglar and murderer whose true-life exploits were transformed into legend. He had a strange after-life as an anti-hero of penny dreadfuls, portable theatre productions, music hall songs, early cinema and even children’s comics. This talk will concentrate on the time Charlie Peace spent in Narrow Marsh, Nottingham when on the run after murdering the husband of his mistress.

23rd April  
James Wright – The Newly Built Personality of Ralph Lord Cromwell

Rising from a Lincolnshire family of limited political influence, Ralph Cromwell became one of the most significant figures of the mid-fifteenth century. The personality of a man on the rise from Lord of the Manor to Lord Treasurer of England is reflected in his castles, great houses and ecclesiastical buildings. Those structures which he commissioned then went on to have an extraordinarily powerful legacy which lasted for over 150 years of English architecture. 

This talk will take place in Lambley Church

23rd May
Afternoon visit to Holme Pierrepont Hall

  Guided tour of the Hall and Church and time to wander in the gardens after tea and biscuits.

10th June
Afternoon Tour of the Forest with Chris Weir

  Chris will guide us round the Forest and surrounding area telling us about the history.

3rd July
Visit to the John Taylor & Co Bell Foundry at, Loughborough

  A guided tour of the works and the Bellfoundry museum


24th Sept  (Date amended)

Michael Harrison – The Wrecks of Scapa Flow.  

The story Of Ernest Cox, the only private individual in recorded history who owned a navy.  ‘The navy’ in question lay on the bottom of Scapa Flow-this is the story of Cox’s efforts to raise the ships and dispose of them for scrap.  Self-educated and with no knowledge of salvage Cox triumphed where others had feared to go.

22nd Oct
Jeremy Lodge – Lowdham Grange - Borstal! History in the Making 

This talk looks at the fate of young people in the English penal system in the 1800s and then explores some of the challenges, developments and people who created this innovative institution in the Nottinghamshire countryside.  It describes what it was like to live and work at Lowdham Grange Borstal until its closure in 1982 and its demolition in the following decade.

26th Nov  (Date amended)

Ken Moulds – The Duke of Wellington

An insight into the life of the 1st Duke of Wellington, with a brief mention of his ancestry, his parents and his birth in 1769 until his death in 1852. First and foremost, he was an accomplished soldier and some of his battles will be mentioned, including a brief summary of Waterloo. The main endeavour is to present a look at the life of the whole man, including his marriage, his dalliances, the houses he lived in and his political background.

All talks take place at Lowdham WI Hall and start at 7.30 and are followed by tea or coffee afterwards. New members and guests always welcome.

Reports from some of our previous meetings
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26th November

Ken Moulds – The Duke of Wellington

24th September 2018
Michael Harrison - The Wrecks of Scapa Flow

23rd April  2018
James Wright – The Newly Built Personality of Ralph Lord Cromwell

26th Mar  2018
Michael Eaton – Charlie Peace, his Amazing Life and Astounding Legend

26th Feb 2018  
Judith Wright – A History of Boots Booklovers Library