Programme of Public Lectures

We are pleased to announce our programme of six public lectures for the
2016 / 2017 season.

Each lecture takes place at Bebington Civic Centre commencing promptly
at 8.00pm and lasts for approximately one hour. Doors are open from 7.30pm.


Wednesday 19 October 2016

Cheshire Search & Rescue

The membership, training and challenging work undertaken by this

diverse group of volunteers 24/7, including some interestingly different case studies.
Hilary Williams
Member of the Reserve Forces for over 20 years and Party Leader at Cheshire

Search & Rescue.


Wednesday 16 November 2016

The Battle of the Somme

A look at the Battle of the Somme, with particular reference to local battalions

and local casualties.
By Judith Beastall
Deputy Chair of the Merseyside Branch of the Western Front Association.

Judith is also busy researching military genealogy and producing biographies

of servicemen who served in the Great War, including those named on

Bromborough War Memorial and the Birkenhead cenotaph.


Wednesday 7 December 2016

William Morris

A look at the most interesting work of this Victorian English textile designer during his time locally and in Oxford and London.
By Ann Jones
Local historian, retired teacher and Blue Badge Tourist Guide.


Wednesday 18 January 2017

The British Army’s Greatest Defeat

A look at the British invasion of Zululand in 1879 and the disaster that ensued.
By Dr Richmond Dutton
A horticultural consultant, Richmond is also a keen student of military history, especially 19th century colonial Africa.


Wednesday 15 February 2017

Wirral’s Mersey Coastline

An illustrated talk looking at the history of life and changing fortunes along Wirral’s Mersey coastline throughout the last century.
By Gavin Hunter
Honorary archivist and historian to the Leverhulme family, local historian, lecturer and broadcaster in Wirral history.


Wednesday 15 March 2017

Sir John Tobin: The Scourge of the Seas

Liverpool’s connections with privateering and the slave trade during the 18th and 19th centuries and Sir John Tobin’s involvement with both.
Gavin Chappell
Founder member of Hidden Wirral, and author of several articles and books on local history and folklore, including ‘Wirral Smugglers, Wreckers and Pirates’.