Meetings Programme 2015-2016


Synopses of Talks


Capt John Daniels

7th April 2015

Dynamic positioning of vessels.

Using the latest satellite technology, the precise position of ships and platforms can be achieved.

Dr Bill Block

5th May 2015



Bother with bees.

Insect pollination contributes hugely to British agriculture and honey bees play an important role in it. Beekeeping has changed dramatically over recent decades with pests and diseases increasing in importance together with changes in agricultural practice. After an introduction to modern beekeeping, I will discuss how these challenges are being met.

David Embling

2nd June 2015

Hornby Dublo trains.

A history of this iconic brand.

Dr Pat Doddy

7th July 2015



Huntingdonshire Wildlife.

This talk will highlight some of the important areas for wildlife in Huntingdonshire. It will include sites with statutory designations, especially those associated with the River Great Ouse. It will describe how their nature conservation value has changed over the years in response to human intervention.

Richard Todd

4th August 2015

Anglesey Abbey through the seasons.

Behind the scenes at this important local attraction.

James Blackwood

1st September 2015


Pathfinder Squadron.

Precise detail about two important missions, Berlin and Peenemunde.

Mission notes and maps will be displayed.

Don Hill

6th October 2015



Thomas Clarkson – another force against slavery.

Thomas Clarkson was born on 28 March 1760 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. He was the son of a clergyman who also taught at the local grammar school. In 1779, Clarkson went to Cambridge University where he won a Latin essay competition on the subject of whether it was lawful to make slaves of others against their will.

Bryan Basketter

3rd November 2015

Further travellers’ tales.

Islands, New Zealand to Iceland via many locations in between

Dr Evelyn Lord

1st December 2015




Town gown and loose women.

This talk illustrates the tension between town and gown in nineteenth-century Cambridge through the lives of women, either arrested by the university proctors and imprisoned, or those who entered the Female Refuge. The biographies of 750 women have been traced, and many of these are used as examples. Eventually, the university's privilege of being able to arrest women in the street, whether or not they were soliciting, came to an end after a series of wrongful arrests and an Act of Parliament.

Sarah Wilson

5th January 2016




Flag Fen.

....and so the story goes, in 1982 Dr Francis Pryor stumbled across part of a unique ancient monument on the edge of the fens. In fact the story of the Flag Fen basin started thousands of years before. Hear about the amazing discoveries on site and their national importance. Recent excavations have yielded a wealth of information that will dictate future development of Flag Fen Archaeology Park.




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