Tracing Your Kent Ancestors
The talk is packed with vital information for anyone researching their own family history and serves as a taster session for those interested in doing a workshop or short course with David Wright. There will be a visual presentation and also opportunity for book-signing.
The Romance of Stamps
The king of hobbies and the hobby of kings: the fascinating and colourful world of stamps from the Penny Black of 1840 to modern commemoratives; the great collectors and their world-class rarities; mail coaches and the routes over which the mails were carried.
Genealogy - Births, Marriages & Deaths
All aspects of genealogical and historical research, either as a general introduction, or specifically on such subjects as parish registers; wills; the census returns; historical sources including mediaeval records; problem-solving; and where to look next.
The History of Writing
From papyrus to print: classical inscriptions; the splendours of illuminated manuscripts; monastic scriptoria; the transmission of ancient and mediaeval knowledge; the arrival of printing and early books.
How time is measured: systems of dates; major changes in chronology; the reforms of Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory; the loss of time and how we catch up; the different ways of measuring times and seasons.
The Glories Of Classical Civilisation
The Greek and Latin languages, literature and art; the architectural legacies of Athens and Rome including Pompeii and Herculaneum; world-famous masterpieces of art and architecture including Greek vases and statues, the Parthenon and Greek temples.
Bryan Faussett: Antiquary Extraordinary
The pioneering Kentish archaeologist, genealogist and antiquary who crowned a frenetic career by discovering the Kingston brooch and died leaving the world's best collection of Anglo-Saxon antiquities.