Previous Speakers

This page contains our previous speakers and their subjects. For details of our current speakers (or summer visits depending on time of year) please go to our talks and visits page. If you are not a member of the Society then please do join us, the larger our membership the more influence we can bring over matters of concern.

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Peterborough Civic Society

2019/2020

September

Marcus Horrell - The Horrell Family in Peterborough

October

Professor Susan Oosthuizen - The Emergence of the English

November

Julie Spence OBE QPN Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire - The Role and Duties of the Lord Lieutenant

December

Michael Lee - The Bells of Henry Penn

January

Tom Grimes, Chair of SGS Trustees - Three Hundred Years of the Spalding Gentlemen's Society

February

Kate Carver, Project Manager of the Great Fen Project - The Great Fen Project

March

Steven Pettican, Light Project Manager - The Light Project in Peterborough and Homelessness in Peterborough

Talks for April and May, and future social activity suspended due to Coronavirus pandemic Covid-19


2018/2019

September

Charlie Kitchin of RSPB Nene Washes Reserve - Breeding Birds, Grazing and Flood Management in the Washes

October

Dr Jonathan Foyle - Peterborough Cathedral - a Glimpse of Heaven

November

Dr Francis Pryor - Britain's Hidden Landscapes

December

Dr Mike Osborne - The Civil War in the Fens

January

Dr Melissa Thompson - 70 Years of Listed Buildings

February

Brian White - The Travelling Post Office and 40 Years of Nene Valley Railway

March

Jed Jaggard - The Roman Soldier from Invasion to Withdrawl

April

Mike Petty - Vanishing Cambridgeshire

May

Jan Hunt - Ely Cathedral - its History and Symbolism


2017/2018

September

James Fairburn of Oxford Archaeology East - Excavation of Spitfire X4593, Holme Fen

October

Reverend Peter Morrell - The Russell Family of Thornhaugh and links with Thorney

November

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
Development plans for the new Authority

December

Kevin Trickett, President of the Wakefield Civic Society - Remaking of Wakefield Civic Society

January

Mark Knight, site director of Must Farm excavation - The pile dwellings of Must Farm

February

June and Vernon Bull - History of St John the Baptist Parish Church

March

Jill Collinge, Stamford town Blue Badge guide - The Jewel in the Crown (the history of Stamford)

April

Veronica Bennett, National Trust speaker - The Gardens of the National Trust


2016/2017

October

  

Stuart Orme, Head of Operations, Peterborough Cathdral
'Preparations for the 900th Anniversary of Peterborough Cathedral in 2018'

November

David Bond, lecturer - 'Church Towers in the Landscape'

December

Sue Knight, Holme historian - 'Holmewood Hall - its history and surroundings'

January

Paul Chamberlain, author and historian - 'The Napoeleonic Prisoner of War Camp at Norman Cross'

February

David Crawford White of Oxford Archaeology East - 'The Romans of Fane Road, Peterborough'

March

Philip Parker, Environmental Consultant - 'The natural hsitory of Whittlesey Brick Pits'

April

David Reeve, formerly of the Royalty Protection Squad - 'Recollections from protecting our Royals at Sandringham'


2015/2016

October

  

Ian Harvey, Campaigns Manager for Civic Voice - 'Civic Voice and the civic movement nationally'

November

Richard Hunt, Peterborough Archives Manager - 'Unbuilt Peterborough -unrealised plans for the city'

December

Liz Knight, Academic Director of University Centre Peterborough - 'University Centre, Peterborough Five Years On'

January

Mark Edwards, Editor at Peterborough Telegraph - 'Is there room for a local newspaper in this modern world?'

February

David Pennell, Estates Director for Burghley Estate - 'The Burghley House Estate'

March

Toby Wood, Vice-chairman of Peterborough Civic Society - 'Peterborough Blue Plaque project'
Since Toby gave this talk the project is completed, do visit our Peterborough Plaques page.

April

Neil Mitchell, local historian - 'Reminders of Peterborough in the 1960s and 1970s'


2014/2015

October

  

Edward Hamilton of Amey - 'Can't see the Cathedral for the trees' (tree management in Peterborough)

November

David Grech of English Heritage - 'The new role of English Heritage in Peterborough'

December

Roger Coulthard of Baker Perkins Historical Society - 'The Hisotry of Baker Perkins'

January

Neil Mitchell, local historian - 'The Life and Works of John Thompson - builder' (see our plaque)

February

Paul Hutton OBE of William Scott Abbott Trust - 'Recent developments at Sacrewell Farm and Nene Park Trust'

March

David Gray, author - 'Peterborough men killed in the Great War'


2013/2014

October

Sir Graham Bright, Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner
'My work as the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner'

November

His Honour Judge Christopher Young - 'The Crown Court of Peterborough and its origins'

December

Neil Mitchell, Local historian - 'Peterborough Tram History'

January

Annette Joyce, City Centre Forum manager - 'Peterborough City Centre Plans & Tourism'

February

Richard Hillier, Archivist at Vivacity
'The Peterborough Land Company and The Victorian Development of Peterborough'

March

Paul Smith, Archivist at Thomas Cook -'Thomas Cook and the origins of Popular Tourism'

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