July update for programme beginning in September 2020

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have arranged 4 talks via the medium of Zoom, from September-December, 2020.  This will be a new venture for our Society and is offered as a continuing service for our Members.  Regrettably, for logistical reasons, it will not be possible for visitors to access single Zoom talks only.  However, new members are always welcome.  For details, please see our Membership page.

TALKS VIA THE MEDIUM OF ZOOM (Instructions for zoom will be provided before the first meeting)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2020, 7.30pm.   “From hill forts to pill boxes: Episodes from Wiltshire’s military past”- Nick Baxter

A comprehensive sweep of all kinds of defensive and military installations, throughout the ages in Wiltshire. Nick Baxter is a former history teacher, with an M.A. in public history.  Nick is also an experienced leader on public history walks.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th 2020, 7.30pm.        “The industrial heritage of the Cotswolds” – Dr. Ray Wilson

The physical remains of Gloucestershire industries are examined in this talk by Dr.Ray Wilson, who is Secretary of the Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaelogy.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 2020 7.30pm.       “Slavery, public history & the Country house: Dyrham Park” -Dr.Jessica Moody

The title is self explanatory and currently subject to public debate.  Dr.Jessica Moody is a Lecturer in Public History at the University of Bristol.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15th 2020 7.30p.m.       “In comes I: The history of Mummers plays”- Steve Rowley

The talk has especial interest for Marshfield, as we have our own Mummers Group.  Steve Rowley is an artist and animateur and Director of Artension, which leads arts projects in communities and schools.


Once Covid 19 rules permit talks will begin at 7.30p.m., at Marshfield Church Hall, Bell Square, Tormarton Road, Marshfield SN14 8NN. This website will be updated when the government provide further advice.


Past Meetings

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.