All talks are £5.50 per person, walks are £5.00 per person. Please note that the talks should be booked in advance through the relevant branch. Contact Suffolk Record Office for further information.
Mutiny, Treason and Plot: Suffolk and the Jacobite Cause, 1689-1702
Saturday 16 November 10.00am Bury
After the Glorious Revolution, attachment to the deposed James II still remained strong in Suffolk. His followers here, known as Jacobites, actively conspired to return him to power. Take Thomas Alexander, a zealous High churchman who played a key role in provoking an entire Scottish regiment to mutiny in Ipswich on behalf of the King-over-the-Water in mid March 1689. Or again, Ambrose Rockwood of Coldham Hall, near Bury, who was deeply involved in a plot to assassinate William III in February 1696. Their contributions to the Jacobite cause will form the centrepiece of this in-depth exploration of the political world of Suffolk during the turbulent 1690s
Broke of the Shannon and the War of 1812
Dr Tim Voelcker
Friday 15 November 10.00am Ipswich
Who knows much about 'the war that everbody won' and the part played in it by our local forgotten hero, Captain Philip Broke of Nacton. The USA, Canada and Britain all claim to have won this largely naval struggle when President Madison declared war on Britain and invaded Canada while we were desperately battling to prevent Napoleon and France establishing a world empire based on Paris. A short film and then a talk to explain the ins and outs, and to suggest who, if anybody, might have been the winners and why it mattered.
Cure or Care? The contribution of medicine to the mortality decline in Ipswich
Saturday 16 November 10.30am Ipswich
Until relatively recently it was thought that the dramatic decline in mortality which occured at the end of the nineteeth century and the first decade of the twentieth century was attributable to advances in medicine. This talk looks at the medical provision available in Ipswich during the period to assess whether it did in fact have an effect on the falling death rate or whether there were other factors instrumental in the decline.
St Edmund- King and Martyr
Saturday 23 November 10.00am Bury
Edmund, King of East Anglia, was martyred for his faith in 869. His head was guarded by a wolf, then reunited with his body and buried nearby. When exhumed in c903 he had not decomposed and the head and body were one again. he was moved to Bedericesworth, where in c1030 King Cnut built a stone church to honour the saint. Edmund became the joint Patron Saint of Monarchy and his shrine was one of the major pilgrimage sites. His abbey grew to be one of the largest and wealthiest in England.
Eat, Drink and be Merry
Dr Pat Murrell
Saturday 7 December 10.00am Bury
A Fascinating look at the festive fare on offer in times past. Elaborate feasts and more frugal offerings are all to be encountered here. A gourmet tale not to be missed! Christmas refreshements will be provided.
Bookings should be sent to the relevant branch of the Suffolk Record Office.