Programme 2020

Evening talks  7.30-9 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at The Roman Way Community Centre, 36 Roman Way, Market Harborough, LE16 7PQ (doors open 7 pm - free parking onsite).

Additionally, there is a local field trip in June and a full day local history conference at The Roman Way Community Centre on a Saturday in October.


Download a handy tri-fold programme in pdf format here


January 8th

Nat Alcock

Cruck Building in Midland England
Crucks are the pairs of curved timbers used in the construction of both stone and timber-framed buildings in parts of England. They are found in humble cottages as well as, in modified form, in the halls of the great (as at Nevill Holt).  Dr Nat Alcock is an expert on vernacular architecture and has made extensive studies of cruck construction. An acute observer and recorder of vernacular architecture he will give us an account of cruck buildings in the midlands, in its wider context.

February 12th

Alan Langley

The Harborough Workhouse, who were the inmates?
Parishes had long had workhouses for the homeless and poor but after the Poor Law Act of 1836 these were consolidated into large unions. The new Market Harborough work house at 33 Leicester Road (now St Lukeís hospital) served the town and 42 surrounding parishes. But who used them? Why were they admitted? How long did they stay? Alan Langley has been studying the Market Harborough workhouse records to find out more about the unfortunate people who stayed there.

March 11th

Sarah Wilson

Flag Fen
Flag Fen, on the outskirts of Peterborough is at the junction of the land with the low lying Fens. Here in the early 1980s was discovered a bronze age causeway, since subject to much archaeological study and re-construction.  It shares the same prehistoric landscape with the recent discoveries of the platform settlement at Must Farm near Whittlesey.  Sarah Wilson is the archaeologist at Flag Fen and can tell us about the discoveries, their significance and conservation and   careful  reconstruction of the Bronze Age landscape. Flag Fen has enabled an understanding and appreciation of the life in the Bronze Age.

April 8th




Len Holden

AGM followed by:
Len Holden:  Paddy Logan and his suffragette daughters
John (Paddy) Logan (1845-1925) was a radical and outspoken entrepreneur, engineering contractor and property dealer. He made a fortune building railways and docks. He built himself a large country house at East Langton and in 1891 became MP for Market Harborough. He gifted the town the play area and housing development around Logan Street as well as paying half the costs of the Harborough swimming pool. Less well known is that he had two daughters who became suffragettes and played a significant role in promoting womenís rights and suffrage in Leicestershire. Len Holden will tell their story.

May 13th



Mike Stroud

William Knibb of Kettering
William Knibb 1803 - 1845 was a Baptist minister from Kettering who took up the cause of fighting slavery in the West Indies.  To him the whole concept of slavery was totally abhorrent, and he determined to do all within his power to "slay the monster" that was slavery.  He followed the Kettering Baptist Minister Andrew Fuller 1754 - 1815   who in 1792 co-founded the Baptist Missionary Society. Indeed leaving school aged 12 he worked as an apprentice printer to Fullerís son.   William Knibb became a missionary to Jamaica, much influenced life there where he died aged 42.  Mike Stroud will recount the life and work of this great man.

June 10th



Local field trip - tbd

July 15th



Mathew Morris

Castles of Leicestershire and Rutland
(An extra talk - part of the July Leicestershire & Rutland 
Festival of Archaeology. Free admission to Society members)



All meetings cancelled until further notice


November 2020