The Johnson Lecture
Each year on or near the 9th of June, a special lecture is held at the South Holland Centre. This event is to mark the birth of Maurice Johnon in 1688, founder of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society.The aim of the event is to bring the Society to the attention of a wider audience while still staying true to the founding principals of the Society.
Details of the 2018 Johnson Lecture will be released in the autumn.
For 2017, we were delighted to welcome Germaine Greer. Germaine is an Australian writer, academic, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century.
Germaine’s topic Elizabeth Johnson, wife of our founder, and she shed light on her role in the early foundation of the Society and her position at their home, Ayscoughfee Hall. After delivering her paper, Germaine took questions from the audience, including sharing her memories of attending Spalding’s Barbecue 67 with Jimi Hendrix.