Speaker Meetings are live again at last.
And now we meet live at the new venue
St. Mary-le-More Church
in Wallingford town centre.
19th January Meeting - this is going ahead both as a LIVE meeting and via Zoom
The wearing of masks inside the church and during the talk is compulsory.
All external doors will be open to maximise ventilation - be sure to wrap up warm!
The required Zoom link will be posted here on the morning of the Meeting.
Updated: 17 Jan
The Speaker Meetings take place
on the third Wednesday of each month
16th Feb 2022 – Paul Roberts
Last Supper at Pompeii
Paul Roberts is a classical archaeologist who holds the title of Sackler Keeper of the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum.
He was the Curator of the recent exhibition ‘Last Supper at Pompeii’ at the Ashmolean and he will talk to us about the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.
This is the third time that his name has featured on our programme with previous appearances having to be cancelled due to the pandemic. We very much hope that his talk will be able to go ahead this time!
Speaker Meetings 2021/22
Sept - Wildlife on Your Doorstep Tom Way
Oct - Art Inspired by Wine John Ericson
Nov - Music in Art Sophie Matthews
Dec - London in times of Shakespear Tim Barron
Feb - House of the Romanovs Siobhan Clark
Mar - British Museum Treasures Don Brown
April - Sing a Century Andy Smith
May - From Barrow to Baghdad and back again Philip Caine
June Chloroform - Sense and Insensibility Graham Harrison
July Memories of a TV Cameraman Steven Jellyman
Aug Garden Party
Sept The Land of Giants and Volcanoes Timothy Walker
Oct Remembered, the Commonwealth War Graves Julie Summers
Nov The Mitford Sisters in the Cotswolds Muriel Pilkington
Dec 600 Years of Christmas Green Matthews
Jan Humanitarian Vision Jim Holmes
16 Feb Last Supper at Pompeii Dr Paul Roberts
16 Mar How Tropical Rainforests Work Dr David Jones
20 Apr Charles Darwin and The Beagle James Taylor
Meeting ID: 856 6229 2939
16th March 2022 – Dr David Jones
How Tropical Rainforests Work
David Jones is a research biologist at the Natural History Museum in London. He specialises in rainforest insects and ecology and spoke to us in 2019 about the most dangerous animals on earth. He returns to speak to us about the main ecological processes that keep rainforests functioning and the threats that currently surround their long-term future. All very relevant to our current times. This is another talk which has been rescheduled more than once and again we sincerely hope that it will go ahead without any further delays.
20th April 2022 – James Taylor
Charles Darwin and the Beagle
James Taylor is the author of ‘The Voyage of the Beagle’ which follows Charles Darwin’s extraordinary and momentous journey aboard Fitzroy’s famous survey ship. James Taylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has a particular interest in marine paintings. We look forward to hearing some of the inside story of this perilous and momentous voyage which proved to be the watershed in our understanding of the development of biological species.