Kemerton Lectures

The lectures usually consist of two series of illustrated talks on a theme, one in autumn and another in spring. Join the friendly group for one occasion or a whole term and enjoy a stimulating evening: no homework required!  Topics covered in the past have ranged from gardens to canals, Tudor portraiture, the rise of Gothic architectural style, or life and landscape in Anglo-Saxon England.

Thursdays, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, Victoria Hall, Kemerton
£5 per lecture (reductions for whole term).  Visitors welcome.

Contact: Sue Bennett, 01386 725245, or email

Autumn 2019

3, 10, 17, 24 Oct, 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov, 5 Dec 2019 (9 lectures)

Dr Nicholas Herbert, a former editor of the Victoria History of Gloucestershire

Georgian Gloucestershire

Topics will include:-

  • The Turnpikes and the Improvement of the Road
  • Inns and Traffic in the Coaching Age
  • River and Canal Trade
  • The Development of Georgian Gloucester
  • Gloucestershire Towns in an Age of Improvement (including Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Tetbury)
  • Gentry and Professionals (some of the leading Glos. families: their  role in county admin., county politics, and as landowners, for good or ill; role of attorneys, estate stewards and others who served them)
  • The Changing Countryside and Rural Settlement (mainly villages and countryside of the N Vale area)
  • Cotswold Villages: Landownership and Agricultural Innovation
  • Rural Industry: the Stroud Valleys & the Forest of Dean (clothmaking, mining, timber management, etc)

Spring 2020

23 Jan – 26 Mar (10 lectures)

Dr Gillian White, historian and art historian

The Lion and the Unicorn: the Stuart Monarchs 1603 -1660

An examination of character and constitution, by a speaker who always widens our horizons and engages our interest.