Some 30 members of the History Society and the Bream Gardening Society enjoyed a day out in the beautiful valley of Woodchester Park, with its Victorian boathouse, five lakes and Jacob sheep – almost like home! The tour of the unfinished mansion was fascinating, with Victorian ladders and carpenters’ tables still sitting there after 140 years or so. And the cake with afternoon tea was excellent! Here are a couple of pictures to give you an idea.
At the recent Local History Day held in London and organised by the British Association for Local History, two leading members of the Forest of Dean Local History Society received awards.
Ron Beard, former Chair of the History Society, received the prestigious ‘BALH Award for Personal Achievement’ for his work over many years in helping the History Society into the electronic age by producing the Miners Memorial CD, Photos for New Century CD, and the Laura Morse (WW1) CD.
Ron was and still is actively engaged in Forest mining history research.
Cherry Lewis received the ‘The David Hay Memorial Article Award 2017’, which is the top award for research and publication. Her article was judged the best of all the articles reviewed from over 100 journals received by the BALH. The winning work was ‘David Mushet and his contribution to the “map that changed the world”’, which was published in volume 30 of the History Society journal “The New Regard”. Cherry has continued her research by recentlypublishing “The Enlightened Mr Parkinson” an important and well received book discussing the life and works of James Parkinson, after whom Parkinson’s disease is named.
The photographs show Ron Beard and Cherry Lewis being presented with their awards by Professor Caroline Barron, president of the British Association for Local History.
A couple of photos – the second one was taken at our last but one stop, where the views were stunning.
The Geological History of the area around English Bicknor – development of its rocks and landscapes. With Dave Green.
Thursday 11 May 2017
7:30pm @ English Bicknor Village Hall
£2.50, free for EBLHG members
Contact: Claire Scales email@example.com 01594 836191
Visitors welcome, £2 on the door.
Congratulations to Keith Walker on being the 2016 Jerrard Award runner up for his article in the 2016 New Regard – second only to Nick Herbert who has been a professional historian and writer all his career. Congratulations to Nick too (who will be our November speaker).
Additionally, for the first time, we won the best display award. This means our display will be the first one featured at the new Gloucestershire Archives Hub when it reopens .
We will also show the display to members and visitors at our indoor meeting in Bream next month.
And of course, the day will be featured in our next members’ newsletter.
The Society’s next indoor meeting will take place on Friday 24 March at 7.30 pm at the Blakeney Village Hall.
Peter Strong will talk to us about the murder of Kymin Bet, which took place in Monmouthshire in 1828. Not for the fainthearted, he tells us. For more details and directions to the Hall (sat nav won’t get you there), go to our events page