2018-19 Talks Programme

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.

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


Archive of past talks, 2016 – 2018

January 2019:  ‘Recent Archaeological Finds in Shropshire’ by Peter Reavill of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme

November 2018:  ‘Robert Clive and Shropshire’ by Bob Fowke

October 2018: None that go return again – a talk, with readings, focused on the work of Wilfred Owen by Andrew Bannerman  ‘

October 2018: ‘An Artist’s War – the Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams’ by Phyllida Shaw

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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