Our first online talk
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Dear Member

We have decided to introduce online talks via Zoom, given the current situation regarding Covid 19. There appears to be no immediate signs of the situation improving so we have arranged a programme for you to take the place of the monthly talks in Stroud.

David Jones will be mailing out instructions for the Zoom procedures and offering help were necessary. In any event we will be mailing out a password and reminder for the talk shortly before the event.

We hope you will enjoy our programme as we have new and exciting talks for you.

Juliet Shipman

Thursday 29th October 7.30pm

In search of the Earthly Paradise:


The Homes, Interiors and Gardens of the
Followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Fiona James

 William Morris and the followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement aimed to model their way of life, their homes, interiors and gardens on a vision of a romanticised Mediaeval world in which they recreated rural communities of craftsmen and women living in harmony with nature.


Evidence of their influence and ideas can be found in towns and villages all over England but we are particularly fortunate to have examples of the Arts and Crafts way of life here in the South Cotswolds. In this well illustrated talk Fiona will consider how the Arts and Crafts followers shaped their environment to create a paradise on earth in the Cotswolds.

Fiona studied Fine Art at Exeter and then later History of Art at University of London. She was Head of History of Art at The Cheltenham Ladies’ College where she worked for 15 years.  Her interests include the Modern Movement in architecture and more recently the development of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the South Cotswolds.


Thursday 10th December (time tba)

Five Valleys: A new dawn or just a new name for the Merrywalks Centre​?​

Tim Mars has followed Dransfield Properties' ambitious redevelopment plans from the first public meeting to the sudden decision late last year to tear up those plans and introduce an indoor market. Why this ​dramatic about face so late in the day? ​Tim unravels the twists and turns of the development process and asks—what is the future of this flagship retail and leisure scheme coming to fruition in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Thursday 18th February 2021

Roman Gloucester by Andrew Armstrong Gloucester City Archaeologist
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