Friends Meetings & Programme

The Friends hold ten meetings a year when the guest speaker normally covers a local history subject. The meetings are on the third Thursday evening of most months in the Archaeology Gallery at the Museum in Market Place, Basingstoke. The doors are opened between 7.10 and 7.30 with the meeting commencing at 7.35.

There is a short break after the talk when tea and coffee are available for a nominal amount and there is the opportunity to take part in our raffle for attractive prizes.

Nearby car parking costs just £1.00 for the evening.

Admission is FREE for Members. A limited number of Non-members are always welcome, except for the members only meeting in December, providing they have pre-booked by phoning the Museum on 01256 465902 (daytime) at least twenty four hours in advance. A small admission charge of £2.00 per person is payable at the door. This £2.00 can be used towards a full membership fee of just £10.00 for the year if you join the Friends on the night. This ensures that you will have a seat at all future meetings without the need to pre-book.

Our Next Meeting is:  AGM & Friends’ Plate Party - open only to members of the Friends of the Willis Museum

Our Next Meeting open to visitors and members is:

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FRIENDS OF THE WILLIS MUSEUM TALKS PROGRAMME 2019

January 17th - No meeting

February 21st - Derek Cooper

Whitchurch Silk Mill Refurbishment

The Whitchurch Silk Mill re-opened to visitors on 22nd September after a restoration process part funded by a £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Funding and a grant of £110k from the Greenham Common Trust. The Grade II* listed building has been preserved and the interior remodelled during the two-year project. Derek Cooper will tell us about the project and the resulting improvements to the buildings and facilities.

March 21st - Professor Barbara Yorke

King Alfred

Barbara Yorke, Professor Emeritus of Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester, will talk about the life of Alfred, King of Wessex his battles against the Viking invaders and the legal and military legacy he left behind.

April 11th - Raymond Simonds

Simonds Family of Reading

Raymond Simonds will talk about the fascinating characters in history of his family who have roots firmly in the Reading area going back close on 1000 years. The family is best known as the founders of the H&G Simonds Brewery in Reading.

May 16th - Diana White

The Life and Times of the Duke of Wellington

This talk focuses on the local links with the first Duke of Wellington

June 20th - Alan Copeland

Tales of the Unexpected - Part 1

This talk covers a collection of the curious and odd items that we find around us from the early days of motoring through the darker days of war to a number of fascinating buildings.

July 18th - Dr John Bevan

Commander Crabb - What really happened

An expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Cdr Crabb during a spying mission under a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.

August - no meeting

September 19th - Rebekah Waite

Museum Life from Australia to Hampshire

Rebekah Waite, the Head of Culure Hubs for the Hamphsire Cultural Trust will talk about he experiences in working in museums in Australia and the UK

October 17th - AGM and talk by Derek Anthony

November 21st - Garry Bone

History of Thornycroft

Garry Bone will talk about the history of the Thornycroft factory in Basingstoke and the vehicles produced there

December 19th - no meeting

 

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