Category: Days of Special Interest

A very interesting day was enjoyed by our members and guests on Monday 14th October at The Arthur Morison Memorial Hall, Cucklington when lecturer Anne Haworth gave us some excellent talks about The Silk Road, China’s Windows on the World.

The new venue seems to have gone down well with our members who appreciated the lovely hall and facilities. Let us hope for better weather for the March event so that we can open up all those lovely glass doors and venture out onto the terrace for our coffee and lunch breaks!

With the use of some old maps shown on the big screen, Anne showed us just how extensive the Silk Road routes were and she also showed us some of the many goods that were exchanged along the routes both by sea and through the desert from Ancient times, through the Middle Ages and the European Renaissance, into the 19th Century. We learnt how the Silk Road was named in 1877 by Ferdinand von Richthofen, a well-known German geographer and how the movement of goods were affected at times by the different Rulers of countries that they had to pass through.

As always, this was a very sociable day and we were very well looked after by our caterer Donna and her helpers who served up lots of tea, coffee and biscuits as well as a delicious seated lunch. It’s always good to hear the great buzz of conversations going on around the hall during the coffee breaks and lunch on these days and we look forward to the next Day of Special Interest which will be held on Monday 16th March 2020 when lecturer Rosamund Bartlett will be talking about St. Petersburg.

Penny Brentnall

Our last Day of Special Interest was held on Monday 15 October at Charlton Village Hall on the outskirts of Shaftesbury.  After a welcome cup of coffee, Penny Brentnall introduced Paul Atterbury who is so well-known from his appearances on BBC 1’s Antiques Roadshow. His theme for the three lectures  was The Golden Age of Travel.

 During the course of the next few hours we were visually transported to a world gone by on cruise liners such as The Queen Mary and luxury train travel on the near Continent.

Lasagne, salad and ciabatta followed by fruit kebabs, coffee  and chocolates preceded an hour when interesting objects connected with travel brought in by members were examined and given approximate valuations by the speaker. It was an enjoyable day using a format which has proved very popular with our members and for which we  owe thanks to Penny for her meticulous eye for detail and advance planning.