Kemerton Lectures

The lectures usually consist of two series of illustrated talks on a theme, one in autumn and another in spring. Join the friendly group for one occasion or a whole term and enjoy a stimulating evening: no homework required!  Topics covered in the past have ranged from gardens to canals, Tudor portraiture, the rise of Gothic architectural style, or life and landscape in Anglo-Saxon England.

Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, Victoria Hall, Kemerton
£5 per lecture (reductions for whole term).  Visitors welcome.

Contact: Sue Bennett, 01386 725245, or email

Autumn 2019

Please note change of dates, especially the later start date.

10, 17, 24, 31 Oct; 14, 21, 28 Nov, 5 Dec 2019 (8 lectures)

Dr Nicholas Herbert, a former editor of the Victoria History of Gloucestershire

Life in Georgian Gloucestershire

Travel, Trade, Towns, and a Changing Countryside

10 October Road Travel and Transport: part 1 The Turnpikes and the Improvement of the Roads
17 October Road Travel and Transport: part 2 Traffic and Inns in the Coaching Age
24 October Trade on the River Severn and the Canals in Gloucestershire
31 October The Changing Countryside: part 1 Landownership and Agricultural Innovation in the Cotswolds; part 2 The Stroud Cloth-making Valleys
14 November The Changing Countryside: part 3 Commons and Squatter Settlement in North-West Gloucestershire
21 November The Development of Georgian Gloucester
28 November Gloucestershire Towns in an Age of Improvement: Cirencester, Tewkesbury, and Tetbury
5 December Landscape and Settlement in the Forest of Dean


Spring 2020

23 Jan – 26 Mar (10 lectures)

Dr Gillian White, historian and art historian

The Lion and the Unicorn: the Stuart Monarchs 1603 -1660

An examination of character and constitution, by a speaker who always widens our horizons and engages our interest.