Talks and Performances

‘WILL COUSIN CHARLOTTE ACTUALLY GO TO PRISON?’ A talk by local historian Jess Jenkins
Sunday 3rd July: 2pm
Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE
Charlotte Ellis of Belgrave Hall (1836-1917) was a quiet, peace-loving woman as her Quaker upbringing dictated. However, she was something more. Whether as Poor Law guardian, Suffrage protester or charity worker, she had firm views which would often lead her into trouble…
£5.00 per person. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org.


AYRES AND GRACES CONCERT
Sunday 3rd July: 7pm – 8.30pm
The 1620s House, Donington le Heath, nr Hugglescote, LE67 2FW
Enjoy an evening of singing, poetry and music from the 17th Century with Nick Gravestock (our resident Lutenist) and Carmel Edwards.
£8 per person. PreBooking Essential via https://1620shouse.org.uk/whats-on/


‘ARCHAEOLOGY AFTER RICHARD III’ A talk by archaeologist Mathew Morris
Monday 4th July: 7.30pm

The United Reformed Church, The Borough, Hinckley, LE10 1NL
Since the discovery of Richard III’s remains in 2012, the team from University of Leicester Services (ULAS) have continued to discover many more stunning archaeological sites in and around the historic core of Leicester – not to be missed…!!
£5 per person. No need to pre-book. Doors open at 7pm.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served from 7pm to 7.30pm for a donation.
For further details please contact Shirley (01455) 636833 and sahailstone@hotmail.com.
To discover more about our society visit our webpage here.


‘THE ANGLO-SAXONS IN RUTLAND’ A talk by Peter Liddle
Wednesday 6th July: 7pm
St Nicholas Church, Main Street, Thistleton, LE15 7RE
Archaeologist Peter Liddle will talk about the cemeteries and settlements of the Anglo-Saxons in Rutland – the period known as the Dark Ages but on which archaeology is shedding some light!
FREE. Booking Essential at suzieviveash@yahoo.co.uk. Refreshments available


‘KINDRED: NEANDERTHAL LIFE, LOVE AND ART’ A talk by Rebecca Wragg Sykes
Thursday 7th July: 7.30pm
Rattray Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester
Rebecca Wragg Sykes has written an acclaimed book on the Neanderthals and will share the latest research on this intriguing branch of humanity. Joint meeting of Leicestershire Fieldworkers, Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society and the Prehistoric Society.
FREE. Booking essential at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/333918758997


‘SEARCHING FOR THE KNIGHTS HOSPITALLER’ A talk by Mathew Morris
Saturday 9th July: 10.30am
Lutterworth Methodist Church, 1 Bitteswell Rd, Lutterworth LE17 4EL
Mathew Morris from University of Leicester Archaeological Services will speak about the excavations in Castle Hill Park, Beaumont Leys (recently featured on BBC2’s Digging For Britain), which has shown that the mysterious rectangular earthwork surrounds the remains of buildings belonging to the Knights Hospitaller.
£5 per person. No booking necessary.


‘ANGLO-SAXON SCULPTURE AT BREEDON’ A talk by Jane Hawkes
Saturday 9th July: 4pm
Breedon Priory Church, Breedon on the Hill, DE73 8AJ
Join Professor Jane Hawkes from the University of York as she discusses the nationally important sculptures set into the walls of Breedon Priory Church, which represent one of the largest and finest collections in Britain. Find out why they are here, what they mean and how they fit into the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture.
FREE but donations welcome. Booking essential at breedonheritage@gmail.com


LUTE RECITAL
Sunday 10th July: 1.30pm – 4pm
The 1620s House, Donington le Heath, nr Hugglescote, LE67 2FW
Our resident Lutenist, Nick Gravestock, will return in period attire this season to entertain us in the Great Chamber with the melodic tunes of a replica 1583 lute and a renaissance guitar.
Included within admission price.


‘COSTON CHURCH HISTORY’ followed by ‘A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL CARVINGS’ Talks by Pam Fisher and Bob Trubshaw
Saturday 16th July: 2pm
Dr Pam Fisher will outline the history of Coston Church followed by Bob Trubshaw speaking about the wonderful medieval sculpture to be found in Leicestershire churches. This will be followed by a guided walk of the shrunken village of Coston by Peter Liddle at around 3.15pm.
Adults £4, Children FREE (including talks and walk)


‘MEDIEVAL HALLATON’ A talk by John Morison
Saturday 16th July: 7pm

St Michael and All Angels Church, Hallaton, LE16 8TY
John Morison, Hallaton’s own historian, will talk about Medieval Hallaton.
FREE. Refreshments available. For more information visit www.hallaton-museum.co.uk/festivalofarchaeology


‘THE RUTLAND ROMAN VILLA PROJECT’ A talk by Peter Liddle
Sunday 17th July: 5.30pm
The 1620s House, Donington le Heath, nr Hugglescote, LE67 2FW
Archaeologist Peter Liddle will speak about the excavations that have revealed a spectacular mosaic pavement showing the story of Hector and Achilles at the siege of Troy and the villa in whose main room it lay.
£6 per person. Booking Essential  https://1620shouse.org.uk/whats-on/


‘THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF BOARD GAMES’
Tuesday 19th July: 7.30pm

Desford Free Church, Chapel Lane, Desford, LE9 9GE
Board games have always been an important entertainment. How can archaeology tell us about the games and how can you work out how to play games where the rules have been lost? The talk will be illustrated with slides and with reconstructed games.
No booking required. Non-society members, fee £4 on the door. Enquiries to: Angela Thomas, Desford & District Local History Society. 01455 822934, angelthom1948@hotmail.co.uk 


LEICESTER CATHEDRAL REVEALED: THE STORY SO FAR’ A talk by Mathew Morris
Wednesday 20th July: 7.30 pm
Melton Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1RB
Leicester Cathedral is building a new heritage learning centre in the Cathedral Gardens (the former burial ground) next to the Cathedral. Archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) are currently on site excavating, and in this talk site director Mathew Morris will provide an update on what has been found so far and what it tells us about the history of the Cathedral and the lives of its parishioners. A Melton Fieldworkers Lecture
£5 per person. Doors open 7.00 pm. Limited places available – please book early to avoid disappointment. Tel 0116 305 3860 or meltonmuseum@leics.gov.uk to reserve seats.


‘ST MORRELL’S LOST CHAPEL’ A talk by Vicki Score
Friday 22nd July: 7pm

St Michael and All Angels Church, Hallaton, LE16 8TY
Vicky Score, Director of University of Leicester Archaeological Service, will talk about the rediscovery and excavation of the lost medieval Chapel of St Morrell.
FREE. Refreshments available. For more information visit www.hallaton-museum.co.uk/festivalofarchaeology


‘UNCLE RICHARD’ by Tell Tale Theatre
Sunday 24th July: 2pm – 4pm
Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
1502…after the death of his elder brother, the Prince of Wales, an eleven-year-old Henry VIII has a great deal to learn about his ancestors if he is ever to become King. When the young Prince begins to question the few survivors of the Wars of the Roses, including his mother, Elizabeth of York, he discovers that when it comes to her uncle, Richard III, no two tellings of the tale ever seem to be quite the same.
Originally commissioned for Leicester Guildhall and Museums to mark the reinterment of King Richard III in 2015, Uncle Richard has received critical acclaim and continued to tour historical venues and arts centres from the RSC to the Isle of Wight.
As an audience member, find your place in the Plantagenet family tree, as young Harry tries to piece together the mystery of the disappearance of the two princes in the Tower.
Tell-Tale Presents are compulsive storytellers with an obsession for all things historical.  Their plays combine careful research and wit with a healthy dose of silliness to make every performance a shared experience not to be missed.
£10 / £8 concession. Family Ticket (4) £24. Booking essential via www.leicestermuseums.org


‘PEPPERMINT BILLY’ book signing with author Joanne Vigor-Mungovin
Monday 25th July: 5pm

Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FQ
Leicester Guildhall is delighted to host a Book Signing and Cheese & Wine Evening to mark the anniversary of the public execution of William Brown. ‘Peppermint Billy – William Brown and the Tollgate Murders of 1856’ by Joanne Vigor-Mungovin explains the tale of ‘Peppermint Billy’ which has become almost a Leicestershire folklore tale over the years, with the murderer becoming something of a mythical bogeyman. Now, for the first time, the true story is told in full.
£6 per person. Booking essential; tickets can be booked on-line or via the Leicester Guildhall Box Office on 0116 253 2569 or via www.leicestermuseums.org


‘THE RUTLAND ROMAN VILLA PROJECT’ A talk by John Thomas
Tuesday 26th July: 7.30pm
Melton Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1RB
This nationally important site in Rutland made international TV news last autumn when the extent of its wonderful mosaics depicting scenes from the Iliad, were shown to the world. John Thomas, co-director of the dig, recently featured on BBC2’s Digging For Britain, will bring us up to date on the dig and put the site into the  context of Roman Leicestershire. A Melton Fieldworkers Lecture.
£5 per person. Doors open 7.00 pm. Limited places available – please book early to avoid disappointment. Tel 0116 305 3860 or meltonmuseum@leics.gov.uk to reserve seats.