What’s On

The Marlborough History Society meets from September to May on the third Thursday of the month at St. Peter’s Church in Marlborough High Street. We present talks by respected speakers and also organise occasional outings.

We warmly welcome guests to our talks at £5.00 per person. Students are free.
Membership to the Marlborough History Society is £15.00 per annum and if you wish to become a member please click here.
For events/talks held at St Peter’s Church, doors open at 7.00 pm

Please note: There are no talks in June, July, August and December

19 Sep

The RNLI Bicentenary – 1824 to 2024

TIME: 7:30 PM

SPEAKERS: Mary and Ben Bentley

Devizes based husband and wife team Mary and Ben Bentley have been fundraisers for the RNLI for over 20 years. Ben spent 32 years in the Royal Navy and Mary was a nurse for 37 years. They started giving presentations 2 years ago, to numerous groups in Wiltshire and beyond.

The Marlborough History Society talk coincides with the 200 years anniversary of when the RNLI was formed. They will give a 50 minute illustrated talk regarding the formation and development of the institution from the early 1800s up until the present day. There will also be time for questions and a chance to buy some RNLI souvenirs and Christmas cards.

20 Sep

Guided Walk Around Avebury

TIME: 11:00 AM

Leader: Dick Whitfield (Volunteer guide for the National Trust at Avebury).

Join the Marlborough History Society for a Guided Walk around the historical Avebury stone circle.
The tour will be approximately one hour or more.

Limited to 15 places – members only in the first instance.

MHS Members: Free
Guests: £5.00

To book your place please contact John Osborne via email: jeo66@btinternet.com

The meeting point will be confirmed to those who book.

17 Oct

The Wiltshire Rising Against Oliver Cromwell

TIME: 7:30 PM

SPEAKER: Eric Jones

Eric Jones is a retired Professor of Economic History and Author

The Penruddock Uprising was a Royalist revolt launched on 11 March 1655, intending to restore Charles II to the throne of England. It was led by John Penruddock, a Wiltshire landowner who fought for Charles I in the First English Civil War; intended as one of a number of co-ordinated risings, the others failed to take place and it was easily suppressed.

21 Nov

Lest We Forget – Fabian Ware and the Imperial War Graves Commission

TIME: 7:30 PM

SPEAKER: David Du Croz
David Du Croz was Head of History at Marlborough College for eleven years before retiring in 2007. He became involved with the College’s WWI centenary commemorations and developed a keen interest in events on the Western Front, leading many battlefield tours. He ran courses on the First World War at the Marlborough Summer School and has lectured extensively on various aspects of that war

The Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission was the brainchild of Fabian Ware, whose own story and that of this most remarkable achievement are the bones of this talk. Together with some of the finest talents in the kingdom – Rudyard Kipling and Edwin Lutyens to name but two – he fashioned the greatest global memorial known to man.