Events and Talks
Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 8pm Upton House School
“Swan Support” by Wendy Herman
The Windsor and Eton swan rescue centre treating and caring for sick and injured swans within the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. Swan Support are also passionate about educating the public with regards to the detrimental effect human behaviour and carelessness can have on swans and other water birds. Wendy and her team are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and have 20 years of experience in the rescue and rehabilitation of swans
Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 3pm Gardeners’ Hall
Colonel Charles Webb & Colonel Barrie Fairman on “The Military Knights Tale”
The Military Knights of Windsor claim to be the oldest military establishment in the Army List. Formed by King Edward III shortly after the Battle of Creçy, the foundation consisted of Knights who, having taken their private armies to France to fight for the King, had been taken prisoner by the French who demanded heavy ransoms in return for their release. This often meant selling up their complete estates in order to raise sufficient money.
Thursday 7th November 2019 at 3pm Gardeners’ Hall.
Fergus Bain on “Fire Insurance Signs and their relevance to social history”.
Fire insurance marks are metal plaques marked with the emblem of the insurance company which were affixed to the front of insured buildings as a guide to the insurance company’s fire brigade. These identification marks were used in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the days before municipal fire service were formed. The UK marks are called ‘Fire insurance plaques’.
Thursday 5th December 2019 at 3pm Gardeners’ Hall.
David Jenkins on “The history of the Order of St John, the Order in England and its connections with the Royal Family and members of the Order of the Garter”.
The symbol of the Order, a white eight-pointed cross on a black background, is an international symbol of first aid. It is known as the logo of St John Ambulance, emblazoned on the sides of ambulances and on the uniforms of its highly trained volunteers. However, the eight-pointed cross was also worn on the robes of those first Brother Knights in the hospital in Jerusalem, and it has remained unaltered through the centuries, as an enduring emblem of humanitarian care, and of a charity that dates back almost 1000 years.
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 3pm Gardeners’ Hall.
Richard Poad on “The Dunkirk Little Ships – 80th anniversary”.
The Little Ships of Dunkirk were about 850 private boat that sailed from Ramsgate in England to Dunkirk in northern France between 26 May and 4 June 1940 as part of Operation Dynamo, helping to rescue more than 336,000 British, French, and other Allied soldiers who were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk during the Second World War.
Thursday 6th February 2020 at 3pm Gardeners ‘Hall.
Canon John White on “The Grotesques of St George’s Chapel”.
The College of St George has been working in partnership with the City and Guilds of London Art School in establishing an imaginative carving programme which is producing exciting new grotesque sculptures for St George’s Chapel.
The replacement sculptures aim to reproduce the scale and detail of the original mediaeval conception whilst allowing students the opportunity to be inventive in designing new carvings. The new grotesques replace heavily eroded Victorian grotesques which themselves replaced medieval carvings of unknown design.
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 8pm (Venue to be confirmed).
Malcolm Lock on “Daniel Gooch – Locomotive and Telegraph Engineer”.
Sir Daniel Gooch, 1st Baronet was an English railway locomotive and transatlantic cable engineer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1865 to 1885. He was the first Superintendent of Locomotive Engines on the Great Western Railway from 1837 to 1864 and its chairman from 1865 to 1889
Wednesday 1st April 2020 at 8pm (Venue to be confirmed)
Rebecca Seear on “Hackney Carriages in Windsor – past & present”.
The concept of a ‘Hackney Carriage’ (what we now call a cab or taxi) dates back to the first licences issued by Oliver Cromwell in 1654.