27th Jan -
24th Feb -
Francis Lovel was an important person and a close ally of Richard III but disappeared at the age of about 30 and was never heard of again. An alabaster slab discovered in Gedling church may have marked Lovel's grave. The talk describes Lovel's career and offers a conjecture as to how he may have travelled from the battlefield to Gedling and died there.
23rd March -
A talk about some of the famous and not so famous old Inns and beer houses of Nottingham, once famed for the quality of its fine ales. Hear about some of the interesting old pubs that have been lost in time and the fascinating histories of some of those still open. How the beer house act of 1830 created some fascinating bohemian drinking establishments.
27th April -
An illustrated talk featuring a postcard series published between 1904 and 1912. Brian and Rob from Reflections of a Bygone Age will share their adventures in recreating the 125 scenes on which their book Edwardian Nottingham in colour is based. Photography secrets will be shared!
17th May -
A stroll around Nottingham remembering the old Burtons shop, Griffin & Spalding, Boots, the Co-
13th June -
A walk round the park and gardens looking at its history including the railway, the old farm, the Grange and the existing nurseries.
21st July -
Les will show us round the barge moored at Newark Riverside park and give a talk on its history and his exciting life afloat.
28th Sept -
A Sherwood Forester and one of the creators of the satirical ‘Vipers Times’ trench newspaper, he was loved by the soldiers but caused much consternation amongst the British High Command.
26th Oct -
This talk tells the story of a small brass box (which William owns and will bring along with him) made in 1606 commemorating the 'miracle' of Garnet's Straw. It incorporates 16th century Catholic persecution, the Gunpowder conspiracy, the life, trial and death of Father Henry Garnet -
23rd Nov -
All talks take place at Lowdham WI Hall, start at 7.30 and are followed by tea or coffee afterwards. New members and guests always welcome.