2018-19 Talks Programme

Tuesday 25 September after the AGM at 18.00 

Cerin Richardson, Acting Arts Officer Shropshire Council ‘ The Work of the Arts Officer’

Cerin will talk about her work, which encompasses   involvement across the spectrum of all the arts initiatives promoted by Shropshire Council.  She has recently been very much involved in the WO100 programme of events commemorating Wilfred Owen  and the centenary of the end of the first World War.


Wednesday 10 October at 15.30 

Phyllida Shaw ‘An Artist’s War – the Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams’

Phyllida will share the First World War sketchbooks of her great uncle Morris Meredith Williams and his correspondence with his sculptor wife, Alice, during his three years with the the army in France. After the war the two artists worked together on several war memorials, including the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

Her recent book ‘An Artists War’ has received wide acclaim.


Wednesday 24 October at 15.30 

Andrew Bannerman  ‘None that go return again’; a talk with readings focused on the work of Wilfred Owen.

Andrew Bannerman, well known to us as an inspirational teacher, producer and actor, will give us a talk as part of the WO100 programme focusing on Owen’s life and the conditions that gave rise to his poetry.


Saturday 3 November at 11.00 and 14.00 

‘Owen Aloud’ – readings of Wilfred Owen’s poems at the Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury – free entry to the public.


Wednesday 14 November at 15.30 

Bob Fowke  ‘Robert Clive and Shropshire’.

Bob is a well known author of children’s history books but recently he has focused on the life of  Robert Clive, both in India and in Britain. In this talk Bob will talk about the somewhat controversial life of Clive when he lived in Shropshire.


Wednesday 9 January at 15.30 

Peter Reavill of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme on ‘Recent Archaeological Finds in Shropshire – and the work of the British Museum’s Scheme’.

Peter will update us on some of the highly important archaeological finds that have been made recently in the county.


Sunday 10 February at 14.30 

the Darwin Memorial Lecture, in the Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn – tickets must be bought from the theatre.

Peter Moore – ‘Robert FitzRoy: a Napoleon or a Nelson?’

“Charles Darwin’s captain on HMS Beagle was no ordinary man. The grandson of a prime minister, nephew to Lord Castlereagh and a superb sailor, when a young Darwin met FitzRoy in 1831 he was overwhelmed by FitzRoy’s bravery. energy and generosity ‘to all under his sway’. It was the beginning of a long acquaintance that passed from friendship to animosity. FitzRoy’s many virtues were outset by a violent, ungovernable temper and an impetuous streak that brought him notoriety in later life. This lecture looks back at Robert FitzRoy’s extraordinary life as a sailor, a scientist and the founding father of the Met Office.”
“Peter Moore is a writer, journalist and lecturer. He teaches at City University and the University of Oxford. He has written widely on Britain in the Age of Enlightenment. His book The Weather Experiment, a Sunday Times bestseller, traced early efforts to forecast the weather. It was named one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2015 and was adapted for a BBC4 documentary series. His latest work is Endeavour: the ship and the attitude that changed the world. 


Tuesday 12 March at 15.30

Daniel Lockett  ‘Mammoths to Minerals: digitising Shropshire’s geology’.

Daniel will talk about his work on the digitisation of some of the    museum’s collections in Ludlow – with particular reference to Shropshire’s geology.


Wednesday 10 April at 15.30 

David de Haan ‘The Early Iconography of the Iron Bridge’.

In this fascinating talk David, former director of the Iron Bridge Trust,will show some of the early pictorial representations of the bridge and discuss their importance.


All talks, with the exception of the Darwin lecture, will be given at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Entrance is by ticket and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as there are only seventy seats. Tickets are free for Friends. Non-members are also welcome at a cost of £3. Both Friends and guests must acquire tickets from the Visitor Information Centre – In person  or by
Phone: 01743 258888
Mail: VIC, Music Hall, Market St, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
(please enclose a SAE and make out cheques to Shropshire County Council).

Members will be informed of any changes to this programme by email, notices on this website, and on our information board at the museum.


Archive of past talks, 2016 – 2018

* Related to a  Museum exhibition; +Museum organised event.

April 2018:  Visit to Flaxmill, Ditherington and talk by Alan Mosley and Joanna Layton

March 2018: A Marvellous Creation – the Work of the Rothschilds at Waddesdon Manor Pippa Shirley, Head of Collections, at  Waddesdon           –

January 2018:  The Darwin Farms and the vital role of Shrewsbury’s John Higgins, by  Prof. Peter Worsley, Reading University.

November 17: Chasing the Shadows and Hiding in the Light, by Andy Mckeown.

May 2017: Making the Most of 3D Digitisation in Museums, by James Grimster (Orange Leaf Systems).

March 2017: William Hazeldine -Ironmaster Extraordinary, by Andrew Pattison.

January 2017: New Discoveries at the Iron Bridge, by David de Haan.

November 2016: Temples, Tombs and Treasure – Archaeology in Ethiopia, by Louise Schofield

*November 2016: David Evans of Shrewsbury and the Revival of Gothic Stained Glass, by Martin Crampin

+*November 2016: An Introduction to Caughley Porcelain, by Emma-Kate Lanyon, Maurice Wright and David Waterhouse.

*October 2016: Margaret Rope and the Women of The Arts & Crafts Movement, by Sally Hoban

September 2016: To Celebrate a Hero – How Shropshire Honoured Rowland Hill, by Richard Hayes.

May 2016: Churches of Shropshire, by Andrew Pike.

April 2016: The History of the Drapers’ Company in Shrewsbury, by Nigel Hinton.

*March 2016: Beyond Valhalla, by Thor Ewing.

January 2016. ‘English Landscape and Topographical Tradition in Art’ by Anthony Vettise.

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