PROGRAMME FOR 2020.
January 28th –S.O.E. – The Special Operations Executive training camp at Beaulieu during the Second World War, their activities and some of the people who were involved in this – Nick Saunders.
February 25th – New Forest authors – a selection of fact and fiction, writers and writings, with readings, inspired by the New Forest over the centuries – Georgina Babey.
March 24th – Commoners, commoning and the role of the Verderers’ court in the past and in the present – Peter Frost (former Verderer)
April 28th – Secret Southampton – Martin Brisland. Martin is a Southampton guide and has written a book called ‘Secret Southampton’ based on his knowledge of the city.
May 26th – The New Forest Knowledge website and the New Forest Heritage Centre – Dr. Katherine Walker, Project Officer, New Forest Heritage Centre. As this month is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Katherine will highlight some of the information and images of the Second World War in the New Forest that are on the website.
June 23rd – Florence Nightingale, her family, friends and her life in Hampshire – Angela Trend.
July 28th – The archaeology of the New Forest – Professor Tony King, Winchester University. The New Forest has had settlements from the earliest times and evidence has been found of this from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Mediaeval times. Tony has been leading excavations in the forest in recent years, and will give an overview of what has been found.
September 22nd. – A history of Totton and Eling – Gordon Lewis. Netley Marsh used to be a part of the ancient parish of Eling, in the Redbridge Hundred, until it became a separate parish in 1855. Gordon will give a talk with pictures of the parish.
October 27th – The New Forest and its murky past – Sylvia Crocker. Today the New Forest is a lovely, relatively peaceful place to live and work, but in the past it was often a risky and sometimes dangerous place to be, depending on who you were and what you were doing! My research has uncovered evidence of intrigues, plots, scapegoating, corruption, cruelty, punishments and murder, with many examples of what happened to real people who lived here.
November 24th – .AGM and social evening, with old films of the New Forest from the television series ‘Country Ways’, shown by Stuart Judd.