This season’s programme of meetings includes talks on the region’s gardens, vernacular architecture, and archaeology, as well as an evening of traditional music. We will hear travel advice from the author of Robinson Crusoe and an account of the East Anglian Witch Trials. There will be an evening for sharing reminiscences of Brandon in times past, and a study session devoted to the Society’s one-place study of the town.
February 5th, 7pm at Brandon Library, Bury Road
AGM, followed by an introduction to the Brandon One-place Study
March 4th, 7pm at Brandon Library, Bury Road
Daniel Defoe’s Tour of the Eastern Counties in 1722: an 18th-century writer’s view of the region by Sarah Doig
April 1st, 7pm at the Engine House, Brandon Country Park
Burnt Mounds & Bog Oaks – prehistoric archaeology & environments of the Brecks Fen edge by Tim Holt-Wilson
May 6th, 7pm at the Engine House, Brandon Country Park
Study Evening – Down Memory Lane: Brandon memories & more
June 3rd, 7pm at the Engine House, Brandon Country Park
Old songs & tunes as played in East Anglia over the last 100 years by Bristol Fashion
Bristol Fashion is a five-piece band which performs traditional English music and songs, including tunes collected in East Anglia. Singer, Mike, has a wide and varied repertoire of songs and monologues while the band plays a variety of instruments: melodeons, dulcimer, banjos, fiddle, phonofiddles, mouth organ and double bass. Bristol Fashion also has jig dolls to demonstrate (and to lend to the audience to have a go). As well as performing the music, Bristol Fashion will give some background information on the songs, tunes and instruments.
July 1st, 7pm at the Engine House, Brandon Country Park
The Unique Vernacular Architecture of North Suffolk by John Walker
John Walker is an independent vernacular buildings researcher working mainly in Suffolk and Essex.
August 5th, 7pm at the Engine House, Brandon Country Park
The Victorian Garden – the quest for the best by Caroline Holmes
‘Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder’ – formality or informality, kaleidoscopic bedding plants or billowing borders, anything goes as long as it is in good taste. Formality, fine-tuned by Barry and Nesfield but reviled by William Robinson. The wonders of Empire at the 1851 Great Exhibition also revolutionised glass technology from cold frames to palm houses, local examples include the Plantation Garden in Norwich, Somerleyton Hall and Shrublands.
Caroline Holmes is an author, writer, sound broadcaster, television broadcaster, consultant and international lecturer.
September 2nd, 7pm at the Engine House, Brandon Country Park
Study Evening – One-place study update
October 7th, 7pm at the Engine House, Brandon Country Park
Beneath our Feet – Earth heritage of the Brecks Fen edge by Tim Holt-Wilson
November 4th, 7pm at Brandon Library
Witch Trials of East Anglia, fact and fiction by Eddie Mallett
December 2nd, 7pm at Brandon Library
A Victorian Christmas – Society Christmas Social