13th June 2023
Following our highly successful talk in February by David Wollweber on the ‘Buried ancient treasure of the Blythe Valley’ the ADLHS Committee has arranged two local visits to take place on the 13th of June 2023. The first visit at 11.15am, with a talk, will be to Walpole Old Chapel. The Chapel has one of the finest meeting house interiors in England, and vividly conveys the atmospheric setting of 17th and 18th-century dissenting worship.
At 2pm, after lunch in Halesworth, we will visit Halesworth Museum for a guided tour that will include the treasure hoards described by David
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6 September 2023
A visit to Norwich on Wednesday 6 September 2023. We will see the exhibition in the Norwich Museum about the wreck of HMS Gloucester, Norfolk’s Royal Shipwreck from 1682. We also have arranged a guided tour in Norwich. Details HERE
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THESE WILL BE HELD AT 6.00pm IN THE OLD GENERATOR STATION (FORMERLY ALDEBURGH COMMUNITY CENTRE).
NOTE THIS IS 30MINS EARLIER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS. DOORS OPEN 5:30pm.
18th October 2023 John Day, East Anglian Traditional Art Centre
Introduction to the history of our local artists
The objectives of the East Anglian Traditional Art Centre at Wickham Market are to promote interest in the Fine Art produced by the Norwich School of Painters and Suffolk Artists working between 1750 and 1950. This time period encompasses many East Anglian masters commencing with Gainsborough, Crome, Cotman and Constable.
15th November 2023 Associate Professor Peter Bloore ,UEA
The Dissolution of the colleges by Henry VIII
The dissolution of the colleges by Henry VIII – the greatest act of theft in the history of the charity sector in England. And it started in Suffolk.
Cardinal Wolsey started dissolving the smaller colleges and religious houses in Suffolk, so that he could fund his own Cambridge College. This set the idea for the avalanche of dissolutions of the colleges and monasteries later carried out by protestant radical Thomas Cromwell. Everyone knows about the monasteries. What is less well known is that the mediaeval college system carried out most of the education and charitable support in England, far more than the more famous monasteries. This lecture will explain what the mediaeval college system did across England, with special reference to Suffolk and Wingfield College in particular, and what happened when those colleges were suddenly dissolved, leaving a major hole in the fabric of education and charitable support across the county and the country.
13th December 2023 Jezz Meredith, Cotswold Archaeology
Wangford quarry excavations- a place of multi-period occupation from pre-history onwards
Jezz Meredith, Senior Publications Officer at Cotswold Archaeology, who was our leading archaeologist during the Barber’s Point excavations, will be talking on his involvement in excavations at Wangford quarry (near Southwold). The report is currently being compiled and this will be an early insight into the findings. The quarry was the site of a large multiperiod excavation that ran for over 10 years. It had particularly interesting prehistory (a scatter of pits from nearly 6,000 years ago, Beaker period graves and Middle Bronze Age cremations), but also fascinating Iron Age, Roman and medieval artifacts.
17th January 2024 Members’ Evening
What interests you about the history of Aldeburgh and the local district? What have you discovered that others might like to hear about? This popular evening is devoted to showcasing any topics researched by our members and remains open to accommodate short talks from them. All offers welcome! If needed, help will be readily given in researching your subject or in preparing a presentation.
21st February 2024 Claire Jowitt FEA FRHistS FHEA, Associate Dean for Research, Arts and Humanities, UEA. and Dr Ben Redding Senior Research Associate in Maritime History UEA
The wreck of HMS Gloucester
The announcement of the discovery of the wreck of HMS Gloucester made national – and international – headlines. The shipwreck changed the course of history. On May 6th 1682 the future James II of England narrowly survived this disaster that claimed the lives of an estimated 130 to 250 people. The discovery of the HMS Gloucester wreckage has fundamentally changed our understanding of 17th-century social, maritime and political history. Our speakers will give a joint talk about the discovery.
Note: there is currently an exhibition about this discovery until 10 September which will be included in the ADLHS avisit on 6th September.
27th March 2024 Professor Rob Liddiard
‘East Anglia’s Atlantic Wall? The Landscape of Coastal Defence During the Second World War’
This talk will look at our local landscape and the defences that were put in place during World War 2. We are delighted to welcome back Professor Rob Liddiard of the University of East Anglia whose specialist area is the history and archaeology of high status landscapes.
Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall
Aldeburgh Community Centre
Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall