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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.