Talks Programme

The Friends group have built up a high class reputation for attracting the best historical speakers / writers in the country. Past speakers have included David Starkey (our patron), Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory, Mary S. Lovell, Kate Williams, Suzannah Lipscomb, Jonathan Foyle, Tessa Dunlop and many other top writers and speakers on all aspects of history. We are proud of this standing and will aim to provide the best available in our quarterly programme of speaker events.

Speaker programme for 2018

In our opinion, we have another outstanding programme of talks for you. There will be at least another one in the autumn programme The talks are listed below and we start with:

Saturday March 10th 2.30pm Tracy Borman

Talk Title: “Private Lives of the Tudors”
We are delighted to welcome back Tracy Borman, chief curator of the Royal Palaces.  Tracy has been several times before and is one of our favourite speakers. This time she will talk on her most recent book (now in paperback) the “Private lives of the Tudors”

Tracy Borman, author of the bestselling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more.
Borman approaches her topic with huge enthusiasm and a keen eye for entertaining…this is a very human story of a remarkable family, full of vignettes that sit long in the mind. (Dan Jones The Sunday Times)

Tracy Borman’s eye for detail is impressive; the book is packed with fascinating courtly minutiae… this is a wonderful book. (The Times)

Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us. (The Observer)

A riveting behind-the-scenes re-creation of court life. (The Bookseller)

The book will be on sale at a discounted price at the event

Saturday April 21st  2.30pm Guy de la Bedoyere

Talk Title: Real lives of Roman Britain/Elusive Celts 
Anyone who watched the Time Team series on Channel 4 with Tony Robinson will have seen Guy in a number of episodes. It will be a first time for the Friends that we have had him to give us a talk and we are certainly looking forward to his visit. He is a charismatic and engaging speaker and we are sure that he will not disappoint. His specialised subject is Roman History and I for one only have a limited knowledge of the subject and am looking forward to Guy enlightening me and our audience on the Roman occupation of Britain. Wincobank fort was close by and reference will be made to that.

Real lives of Roman Britain/Elusive Celts: the evidence for real individuals in the art and archaeology of Roman Britain

Roman Britain was a remarkable period in British history. This is the time of the first recorded individuals from soldiers to slaves. Tombstones bring us the first recognisable faces and their inscriptions the first personal details of ordinary people. The story starts with a centurion whose tombstone was found at Colchester. His is the first carved realistic portrait in British history. We can trace the history of the province through these remarkable monuments while at the same time realising that it is only through the mechanisms of classical culture that we are in a position to access the period. Why is that? The answer lies in the fact that we are ourselves members of a classicised society, educated from birth to have certain expectations about the way art and language represents life. The lecture explores the record and explains why it is so biased.

Friday June 22cd 7.30pm David Bell

Talk Title: “The Plague Doctor from Eyam”

This is a first visit to the Friends group but David Bell comes highly recommended. If you want a humorous talk with plenty of laughs then this is one for you. Not to be missed at any cost
For a fascinating hour The Plague Doctor from Eyam seduces his audience into a world without anaesthetic; without antibiotics. A world without knowledge of bacteria and viruses; where hygiene is a dirty word and where both diagnosis and treatment can be equally outrageous  …….
Oh yes …. and there’s The Plague.

Although the plague of Eyam 350 years ago remains one of the most famous episodes in British history (the death toll is undeniable & of tragic proportions) much of the associated narrative is largely legend … produced and tenuously expanded through the passage of time by a succession of well-meaning, albeit limited, 18th & 19th century authors poets and preachers. Today,Eyam’s celebrity is in many ways cemented and indebted to these original literary efforts; now boldly and imaginately manipulated of course to reflect the expectations of a  burgeoning army of tourists.
In his own special tongue-in-cheek style David Bell’s story is sure to entertain you, inform you, make you reflect, make you smile, make you wince … even perhaps bring a tear to your eye. Don’t miss it.
Compelling and amusing, brilliant! Bakewell U3A

“Thought provoking humour from beginning to end……I just simply didn’t expect this. Superb entertainment”
Ripley Masonic Ladies Circle

All events will be held at The Annexe Room-upstairs, The Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street Sheffield S1 2JB (facing the Crucible theatre).The price of these talks will now be £8 Members £10 Non Members

All cheques payable to “Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge” together with a SAE please– post to:

FOSML  6 Hawkshead Avenue. Dronfield Woodhouse, DRONFIELD, Derbyshire. S18 8NB

David Templeman Chairman – General enquiries, tickets for events and outings-

email –                    Phone 01246 415497

We are offering an extra facility to purchase tickets by allowing Members to purchase by Bank Transfer and collect tickets on the day in your name. This will save postage 2 ways on behalf of our members. Our Bank details are: HSBC bank Sort Code: 40-41-07 Account No: 52064553. No need to check or reserve-we will advise everyone when events are filling up. You must email us when you have paid so we can allocate tickets before the bank statement arrives.

David Starkey

FOSML Speaker

FOSML Mary Tudor