Programme for 2020

Unless otherwise stated, we meet at The Chamberlayne Hall, Blackbourne Centre, Blackbourne Rd, Elmswell IP30 9UH – for a prompt 7.30pm start.


9th January                Keely Taylor:  “How to Build Your Family Tree“.    Keely is another new speaker to EHG and is a local genealogist.   By using real-life examples, she will demonstrate what needs to be done as a beginner genealogist, as well as explaining some of the pitfalls and surprises that may await you.


13th February             Terry O’Donoghue:  “Bury’s Guildhall“.   We welcome Terry to EHG for the first time.  He is a registered Bury Town Guide who also works at The Guildhall.  He will trace the Guildhall’s history from its very beginnings of about 800 years ago (it is the oldest continuously-used civic building in Britain), the changes over the centuries, and its many civil and military uses.  The talk will also illustrate the importance of the Guildhall in both local and national history through a few characters (monks, monarchs, merchants, and miscreants) and momentous events, where it played a central role, to give us a fascinating historical tapestry of this building in our lovely market town.


12th March           Frances Hart:  “British Canals and Waterways“.     As another new speaker to EHG, we are pleased to welcome Frances who will tell us the enthralling story of the people involved and how the British waterways came to be built, plus superb slides of scenery, locks, bridges and aqueducts and the local River Gipping.


9th April            EHG’s 20th Anniversary Meeting

Claire Gapper:    “Decorative Plasterwork in Elizabethan & Jacobean Suffolk“.      We were all disappointed that, due to ill health, Claire could not give us this talk last year, so we are very much looking forward to hearing this on our 20th anniversary.    She has researched and written extensively on this subject, and will up-date our understanding of the development of decorative plasterwork in the first century of its popularity, and particularly so in East Anglia.


14th May        Jacquie Norman:  “Tudor Costume in the time of Henry VIII, 1485-1553“.     We welcome yet another new speaker to EHG.   Jacquie is a local researcher and expert on period costumes, who will bring several exquisite replica costumes to show us and explain that getting dressed for the wealthy Tudor lady or gentlemen was a serious and uncomfortable business!


11th June         earlier start of 7pm for our AGM, immediately followed by

Anthony Cobbold:     “The Cobbold Family Trust“.    As another new speaker to EHG, Anthony is the Keeper of this Trust which was founded in 2004.   Although it started with the Cobbold family, it now includes many other related families, national and international, most of whom have some historical ties with East Anglia, the Cobbold name being very well known and wide spread in this part of the country.


9th July         6.45pm for 7pm start, on site – Annual SUMMER OUTING, this year to be a guided tour of Mildenhall’s Warren Lodge, being one of only two existing warrener’s lodges in Breckland.   We will be guided by local historian Anne Mason from Friends of Thetford Forest to get a glimpse into the once-thriving rabbit industry which was established by the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds in the 1320s, and would have accommodated the warrener and store for rabbit meat, skins and traps.    More details of this outing will be available nearer the time.