Public Lectures

From September to March the Society organises a programme of public lectures on cultural, scientific and antiquarian subjects. These have been held almost continuously since 1889 and are considered one of the most important aspects of the Society’s work.

Full details of last season’s programme are available here as well as the list of the forthcoming lectures. For various reasons the programme does change, so please check the list for the most up to date schedule.

The lectures are held on Friday evenings commencing 7.30 p.m. They take place with the kind permission of the Headmaster in the main hall of the Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, PE11 2XH. Attendance is excellent value at only £2.50 per person.

Lecture Programme 2017-18

The Vulcan

With Richard Clarke, former chair of the Vulcan to the Sky Club

The Avro Vulcan is an iconic example of British aerospace engineering at its world-beating best. Its impressive list of technical achievements includes being the first successful large delta wing aircraft, leading directly to Concorde and the Space Shuttle, and delivering performance and agility so close to a jet fighter’s that it was given a fighter-style control column in place of the traditional bomber pilot’s yoke. That agility allowed XH558 to deliver amazing air displays.

Surgery and The Theatre in the early 17th Century

With Dr Morwenna Carr, University of Roehampton

How Spies in the Skies became Humanitarian Saviours

With Dr Richard Teeuw, Principal Lecturer in Applied Geomorphology and Remote Sensing – University of Portsmouth

From Arcanum to Zeiller: Meissen’s Inventive Figures

With Gil Darby, Former curator in Ceramics and the Far East at the V&A, Lecturer for Christie’s Education

The History of Fleet

With Joan Woolards

It may appear to be a sleepy little village on the A17 and if you blink too quickly driving past you may miss it. Delve into its history and hear of Romans and Vikings or did King John stop over in Fleet after losing his treasure on his way to Swineshead Abbey.

Could Crusaders of set sail for the Holylands from the thriving port of Fleet or was it really Dick Turpin the infamous Highwayman who stopped at the Black Bull and stabled his famous horse Black Bess.

There is so much more to reveal after 20 years of research.

Women’s Wit of Restoration Theatre: 1660 – 1720

With Beth Cortese, Associate Lecturer of the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University

The Tower of London

With Captain William Wells, Former Ship’s Captain and Commercial Marine Pilot

Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791), Early member of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

With Aron Sterk, PhD Student in History of Science

Length Measurement: More than a Piece of String

With Dr Andrew Yacoot, National Physical Laboratory

The World of Fashion: From Concept to Catwalk

With Amy Ward, Fashion Graduate, University of Central Lancashire

Edward Jenner, Napoleon and Blossom the Cow

With Paul Chamberlain, FIBMS, FINS

The Rise and Fall of the Country House Museum

With Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Click here to download the Lecture Leaflet 2017-18