Talks & Events

Talks & Events

Talks

The HLHS runs a monthly series of 8 evening talks each year on a variety of topics. Invited speakers give a talk in Hexham on a topic of historical interest.

Talks take place on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding June, July and August), at 7:30pm, in the hall at Trinity Methodist Church, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (scroll down to Google map). Tea and coffee are available afterwards.

Non-members are welcome to attend for a £2 charge, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

The details for the 2019 talks appear below.

If you would like to see the range of fascinating talks that have been given in prior years, please click here.

Events

In the summer months of May, June and July, HLHS organises trips to places of historical interest in the North East of England and in the Scottish Borders.

Members of the Society have priority when booking places on a trip, although non-members are welcomed if space permits.

The trips organised for 2019 are given below. Bookings are not yet open, and details of how you can book will be provided later. Please note that the Tuesday and Thursday half-day outings will be restricted numbers, probably in the region of 24 on each, with a waiting list in operation as in previous years.

  1. Thursday 16th May, p.m. Tour of Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle.
  2. Thursday 19th June, p.m. Architecture in West Hexham – The Cemetery and the Golf Club (i.e. The Spital) with Hugh Dixon.
  3. Saturday 20th July full day, Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum.

Some reports of trips from past years are available by clicking here.

2019 Talks

8 January 2019 Unquiet Women: dancing to a different tune  Max Adams

Max Adams will talk about his new book, which rescues some fascinating women from history’s lost and found department and reveals how their stories and their agency have been hiding in plain view.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

12 February 2019 Knights Hospitallers Archaeology in England  Christopher Tolan-Smith

The Knights Hospitallers arose in the early 11th century to provide care for sick, poor or injured pilgrims coming to the Holy Land. After the conquest of Jerusalem in 1099, the organisation became a military religious order, charged with the care and defence of the Holy Land. Chris Tolan-Smith is studying the archaeology of Knights Hospitallers sites in England. These include Low Chibburn Preceptory near Druridge Bay, a former possession of the Order in Northumberland.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

12 March 2019 “Dear Mrs Pennyman” – First World War Widow’s letters  Dr Roisín Higgins

Dr Roisín Higgins has made a study of letters sent during the First World War to Mrs Mary Pennyman of Ormesby Hall, who was Secretary of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers’ Widows and Orphans Fund. Widows and mothers of the men who died at the front wrote to her of their grief, resolve and worries about the future. Dr Higgins returns to tell us what has been discovered about the women who wrote the letters.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

9 April 2019 Twice more into the Breeches  Chris Simmons

Chris Simmons will speak about the history of the Geneva “Breeches” Bible, comparing and contrasting two locally-held copies, describing their idiosyncrasies and tracing what can be discovered of their individual histories.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

14 May 2019 Forgotten Antiquarians? William Greenwell and his Northern Contemporaries  Dr Rob Young

2018 marked the centenary of the death of Canon William Greenwell, an important figure in the development of archaeology in the North of England. Dr Rob Young will use an assessment of the contribution of Greenwell and three of his contemporaries to explore why the work of certain individuals achieves lasting prominence, whilst that of others, who might well have been equally gifted, does not.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

10 Sept 2019 The Duke of Northumberland’s Archives at Alnwick Castle  Christopher Hunwick

Christopher Hunwick will talk about the Duke of Northumberland’s extensive archive at Alnwick Castle, which contain many documents relating to his estates in the southern part of the county.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

8 Oct 2019 Roman Coinage at the Northern Frontier  Douglas Carr

Hadrian’s Wall is perhaps the best studied Roman frontier overall, but still provides great opportunities for new studies: despite excellent earlier work, we still lack an overview of the usage and supply of coinage there. Douglas Carr of Newcastle University is analysing and compiling a database of coins found at the empire’s northern frontier. The finished database will be made publicly accessible to enable all those with an interest to examine the data themselves.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)

12 Nov 2019 Barbara Allen – A 350 Year Hit Song (& HLHS AGM)  Vic Gammon

Vic Gammon will explore the ways in which ‘Barbara Allen’, a song about unrequited love and tragic death, has gripped peoples’ imagination and interest since the Restoration and is still being regularly performed and recorded today.

7:30 pm, Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS (Scroll to Google map)