This page provides a short description of all the talks which will be held during our next season, from September 2019 to June 2020.

Talks begin at 7.30p.m., at Marshfield Church Hall, Bell Square, Tormarton Road, Marshfield SN14 8NN.

2019 September 17th : 1607: The Great Severn Estuary Flood presented by Rose Hewlett. 

Rose is undertaking a PhD on this subject at Bristol University. Her talk will include new research about this devastating flood, which reached a height between six or seven feet and which went two to three miles inland to the South Gloucestershire levels.


October 15th:      The plasticine people: The Harbutts of Bathampton presented by Stuart Burroughs.    

The manufacture of plasticine began in 1897 and continued until 1983. Stuart Burroughs is Director of the Museum of Bath at Work.


November 19th:   The GWR Badminton line, presented by Alan Freke.

The line ran from Wootton Bassett to Patchway from 1903 until its closure in 1968.  Alan Freke is the Curator of Frenchay Village Museum.


December 17th:    A Tudor Christmas, presented by Cherry Hubbard.

A physical representation of period food items and interpretation of domestic economy, culture & traditions.

Cherry Hubbard is a local social historian and period interpreter.



January 21st:  I.K. Brunel: Man, myth & machines, presented by Dr. Terry Chivers.

Terry Chivers is a Chartered engineer, who was born and raised in Marshfield.  This talk will concentrate upon Brunel the man and some of the myths that have grown around him and his achievements.



February 18th   The history of Charmy Down: Part II, presented by Howard Burton. 

Howard Burton is a retired College Principal, who has made a study of Charmy Down. Part II looks at the community surrounding the former air field.


March 17th          St. Mary Redcliffe: Patronage, landscape& architecture presented by Jon Cannon. 

John Cannon is an architectural historian & lecturer at the University of Bristol.  Jon Cannon is also a journalist, TV presenter and Keeper of the Fabric at Bristol Cathedral.


April 21st           The Cleveland Pools in Bath: New research & restoration progress. 

Dr. Watts is a former Trustee to the Cleveland Pools Trust, which has been awarded a £4.7 m grant from the HLF to restore the Georgian Pools, due to re-open in 2021.


May 19th       Burgage plots in mediaeval towns, presented by Peter Dawson.

 Peter Dawson is a retired teacher and member of the Northleach History Society. Marshfield has many of these narrow plots at the rear of the High Street.


June 16th         AGM & From hill forts to pill boxes:

Episodes from Wiltshire’s military past, presented by Nick Baxter.  Nick Baxter is a retired history teacher, who now specialises in giving talks and guided walks connected to the history of Wiltshire.