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The Stuarts

Meeting Details

Meeting Day4th Tuesday
Time10.00 (from 9.30 Refreshments)
LocationCastle Street Centre
Co-ordinator(s)Terry McIntee

What we do

When you read this the First Elizabethans will have been going for two years! It has been suggested that we should continue to meet as a group but begin to explore another period of history.

If you enjoy investigating our amazing past, do come along and add your two-penn’orth. You would be most welcome.


November 2018

'History n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.'

That's how Ambrose Bierce defined History in his 'Devil's Dictionary.' Whether you agree with him or not you will find a welcome at 'Stuarts' where everyone's opinion is valued.

Programme for 2019

Jan 22        ‘Europe and the Stuarts, or Six Wars and a Revolution.’ A presentation by Helen Pollard

Feb 26       ‘Members of the Royal Society.’ A presentation by Jackie and Stuart Hinton

March 26  ‘Education in the 17th Century.’ A presentation by Pauline Hare

August 2018

'History is more or less bunk,' said Henry Ford. Of course, poor old Henry had never been to a Stuarts Meeting! You have that opportunity. If you like Real History about Real People do come along. You will find a friendly welcome, no bunk, and the only date you need to remember is the date of the next fantastic Stuarts Meeting!


Sept 25 'The Glorious Revolution' presented by Helen Pollard

Oct 23 'Arbella Stuart, the Story of the Lost Queen,' presented by Jackie and Stuart Hinton

Nov 27 'Getting Around in the 17th Century,' presented by Terry McIntee

No Meeting in December

May 2018

Britain, In the 17th century, was still experiencing the Little Ice Age. (see Ian Mortimer’s ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain’) Thinking of the winter we’ve just had you might think we’re still in the midst of it! But, whatever the weather, you’re assured of a warm welcome at our group meetings. Come and join us to discuss, question, and learn about this fascinating period.


May 22 ‘The Civil Wars,’ (contributions from Members and general discussion)

June 26 ‘The Stuart Succession,’ (Mary Christian)

No meetings July and August

Sept 25 ‘The Glorious Revolution,’ (Helen Pollard)


November 2017

There have been many complaints about the depiction of torture and horrific executions in the BBC's production 'Gunpowder.' but they are based on historical fact. Sadly, such stomach-churning events really did take place. It was a cruel and violent time.

Luckily, there are plenty of other subjects to interest us in this period, as you can see from our programme.

In September Jackie and Stuart Hinton presented 'Samuel Pepys'.

In October Helen Pollard told us about 'Painted Ladies,' stories of Charles II's 'ladies' told with reference to their portraits. And, when you read this,   Mary Christian will have given the November presentation 'Charles II's Other Women - Queens and Princesses.' Thank you all for the continuing high standard of these interesting presentations.

Our programme for the first third of next year, 2018, is as follows:

Jan 23 A Mixed Bag to include The Jacobite Claim to the Throne; John Evelyn; Stephen Fox; 17th Century Artillery.

Feb 27 The Siege of Colchester (Terry McIntee)

March 27 Robert Hook (Jackie Hinton)

April 24 Music and the Stuart Monarchs (Helen Pollard)

If any of this interests you, do come along. You will be made most welcome.

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