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History Group talks and other events at the William Layne Reading Room, Aughton Lane, Aston.

When do we meet?

The History Group meets in the William Layne Reading Room, Aughton Lane, Aston on the first and third Mondays of the month 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.  (When the first Monday is a bank holiday, the meeting moves to the following Monday.) On the first Monday we have a general meeting of members and on the third Monday we usually have a speaker. Visitors are welcome at the talks, with a charge of £3.00, including refreshments. Speakers booked for 2015/2017 are shown below.

The History Group takes a break during August and meetings begin again on the first Monday in September. 


Aston Carnival
Saturday 5th August 2017
The Carnival will again be held on  Lodge Lane Playing Fields, Aston.   The Parade leaves Swallownest School at 11 am. and reaches the playing fields at 12 noon.   The History Group will have their display of photographs and albums of photos and documents for visitors to browse.


Heritage Open Days at the Reading Room
Friday 8th September 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9th September 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the William Layne Reading Room, Aughton Lane, Aston.
We will have our displays of photographs and maps, as well as albums and documents for visitors to browse.


Monday 16th January 2017, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  “Within sight of the Gibbet”  by Ian Morgan. 


Monday 20th February 2017, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  “Steel and the Great War” by Geoff Smales.   Remembering Rotherham’s World War One Steel and Steelworkers.  


Monday 20th March 2017, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  “The Silversmith’s of Hallamshire”, by Peter Machan.   The last of the little mesters, their workshops, processes and products.


Monday 24th April 2017, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  “Bolsover Castle through the Ages” by Ian Morgan.  From its humble Norman beginnings this magnificent castle has developed into a beautiful shadow of its former glory


Monday 15th May 2017, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Sheffield’s Brewing Heritage” by John Dowd.   An account of the rise and fall of Sheffield’s brewing industry from 1750 - 2000


Monday 19th June 2017, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  “The Peak District National Park”, by Isabella Stone.  The history and landscapes of the Peak District and why the countryside needs continued protection.


Monday 18th September 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  "The History of Sheffield Newspapers b y Suzanne Bingham.   History and content of local newspapers from 1767.


Monday 16th October 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  "The Bomber Offensive in World War II by Vivian Hutson.   The key decisions on the formation and strategy of the huge British bomber force is discussed and its operation as seen from the aircrew point of view is illustrated.


Monday 20th November 2017, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk:  "Tales of Victorian Sheffield" by Peter Machan.   An evening of dramatic and fascinating stories of characters such as Charlie Peace, William Broadhead and Sir John Brown.


Further entries to be arranged.


 


 

Contact us for more information.

 

 
Reading Room
 
 
The William Layne Reading Room
 
 
Reading Room Interior
 
 
Reading Room interior
 
 
Omnibus
 
 
An open-topped omnibus outside the Reading Room
 
 
Townend Farm
 
 
Townend Farm was opposite the Reading Room.
It was demolished in the 1960s and replaced by
shops and a car park.
 
     

 
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