THE HUNDRED OF YETMINSTER HISTORY SOCIETY
Wednesday 8 September 2021: (Short!) AGM and talk by Lt Col Robin Miller (ret’d)
An illustrated review of the First World War’s largest naval battle and the only full scale clash of battleships. The action was controversial and inconclusive but resulted in continuing dominance of the British Grand Fleet. (William Dyer, one of 856 who died in the sinking of HMS Black Prince, is commemorated on Yetminster’s war memorials).
Wednesday 6 October 2021: The 1919 Cerne Abbas Auction (Mike Clark) please note revised date from earlier publicity
The Chairman of the Cerne Historical Society will describe the 1919 Auction of most of Cerne Abbas, farms, houses and cottages, in 73 lots. The Pitt-Rivers family had owned the village since 1705 but needed to sell the estate to support their other holdings. Further information and recordings of Cerne Abbas’ 2019 centenary celebrations are available on the Cerne Historical Society website.
Wednesday 10 November 2021: The Cat and the Fiddle – Musical Humour (Jeremy Barlow)
Jeremy Barlow is an eminent musician, musicologist, lecturer and author. His talk on “The Cat and the Fiddle: Images of Musical Humour from the Middle Ages to Modern Times” will range from pigs playing bagpipes, Hogarth, and Victorian children’s book illustrations to Gerard Hoffnung and Ronald Searle, with music and illustrations.
Wednesday 19 January 2022
Annual Dinner at the Jubilee Hall – details to follow
Wednesday 9 February 2022: Stained Glass (Susan Smith)
Susan Smith, of the Dorset Historic Churches Trust, is a stained glass expert. She will outline the history and methods of producing stained glass and give examples of many delightful secular and Church windows, particularly in the West Country.
Wednesday 9 March 2022: William Beckford (Dr Amy Foot)
Amy Frost is Curator of the Bath Preservation Trust and will talk on William Beckford, the fabulously wealthy and controversial author, MP and builder of the short-lived Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire – its 300 ft high tower collapsed three times – who then lived in No 1 Royal Crescent in Bath and built Lansdown Tower outside Bath.
Wednesday 6 April Dorchester Museum Talk and tour
Friday 11 May Halswell House, Bridgwater
Wednesday 8 June Shaftesbury Abbey and Museum: Talk and Tour
Wednesday 13 July Venue to be confirmed
Come and join us – you will find a warm welcome!!! For further information please e-mail