Forthcoming Events, Lectures

Archaeological Excavation of the First World War

The Heritage Society talk for November will feature battlefield archaeologist Alex Sotheran, who will give a talk on his experiences working on the Western Front. Alex will give a general introduction to the work he has been involved in over the last 15 years on battlefield sites in France and Belgium. He will look at the general material that you would expect to find on a First World War site and examine three particular sites showing what can be learnt from the archaeology of the world’s most bloody and brutal war.

Join us at 7.30 on Wednesday November 28th at The Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, for what will doubtlessly prove to be an interesting and informative evening.

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The King Of Denaby

The first talk of the new season at the Concertina club will be on the Topic of WH Chambers who was once known as the King of Denaby.

Chambers was the Managing Director of the Denaby and Cadeby Collieries Ltd from the beginning of the 20thCentury until just after the First World War. A period which included technological development, hardship, bitter strikes and a terrible pit disaster.

Some saw him as a philanthropist who did his best to look after the interests of those who worked for him. Others saw him as a pitiless employer interested only in maximising profit at any cost.

Join us for a talk and discussion led by ex Cadeby miner Alan Dowling at the Concertina Club, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough on Wednesday October 31st 2018 at 7:30pm. 

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Eric Brooke: From Mexborough to Maine Road

The next in the society’s series of lectures, on Wednesday April 25th will be the story of Mexborough’s most accomplished footballer, Eric Brooke, who’s blue plaque is soon to be unveiled at the Athletic ground in in the town. Brooke made 493 appearances for Manchester City between 1928 and 1939, scoring 177 goals, a record that has only recently been elipsed by Sergio Aguero.  He also scored 18 goals in 78 appearances for Barnsley and 10 in 18 for England. Bill Lawrence will be looking at the life of the man behind the statistics. The meeting is, as usual, at the Concertina Band Club on Dolcliffe Road, at 7.15.

 

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Chartists in South Yorkshire – The Mexborough Connection.

The next Heritage Society talk will now be held on Wednesday 28th of March at 7.15pm, after poor weather caused it to be cancelled last month. Ian parks will be discussing the mid nineteenth century Chartist movement and its links to South Yorkshire and Mexborough. Chartism was a movement in favour of the working people of Britain, which aimed, to get votes for everyone over 21 years old, and make it possible for working people to stand for parliament, thus gaining a voice. Much of its philosophy was spread through poetry and song, and through mass meetings which became very unpopular with the government of the time.

Ian has a comprehensive knowledge of the subject and the evening promises to be both entertaining and informative.

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The Mexborough Hippodrome

The  first Heritage Society Talk of the new year will take place on Wednesday January 31st. Mike O’Brien will be taking an irreverent look at the history of the Mexborough hippodrome, focusing on some of the famous and not so famous and acts who performed there over the years. Expect some of Mike’s trademark attempts at singing, cracking bad jokes and generally showing off.

 

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A Tribute to Ron James

The Heritage Society talk for November 2017 was a tribute to the late Ron James, a great friend of the society who sadly passed away earlier in the year. Ron had a great enthusiasm for photography and cinematography, and used his skill in these areas to benefit the society in a number of ways, documenting events and activities in the area for many years, and helping with the production  of a number of books, videos and latterly, DVDs.

Giles Brearley and Ken Wyatt gave an informative talk, detailing many aspects of Ron’s life. He was a modest man who had seen active service in the RAF and enjoyed paragliding well into his retirement. we were privileged to have him among us and will miss him greatly.