Past Speakers

Speakers at past Friends' of Welwyn Hatfield Museums' Meetings


The Wicked Lady - Neil Sankey
How I came to Mill Green - Chris Brunton
Winston Churchill's Toyshop - Gordon Rogers
The Magna Carta - Gary Fisher
Prince Albert - the Uncrowned King & that Great Exhibition - Roy Evans
The History of the Blue Cross - Jon Westoby
'Potty about Prehistory' - Ellie Baumber
The Hertfordshire Post-War Schools Building Programme -Geoffrey Hollis
How do you know what's legal? - Paul Wernick



Life in Nelson's Navy - Major Alan Gilmore
Almshouses in East Hertfordshire - Paul Langston
Enemy Alien at Eight (years old) -  Brigitte Bevan
Coming to a Railway Near You - Roger Ford
A Brief History of WGC Hebrew Congregation - Peter Coleman
History Through the Lens - Roy  Evans
The Landscape History of Panshanger - Kate Harwood
The use of brick on the Hatfield Estate - Robin Harcourt Williams
Rubber and the world of art - Dr John Loadman
Hertfordshire in Literature - Hazel Bell

Steps at Hatfield House


"My Life in Ruins" - Tony Rook
Researching Family History - Geoffrey Hollis
Construction of the Jubilee Garden at Mill Green - Peter Oakenfull
Hertfordshire and the Great War - Debbie Coupland
Edward Bulwer Lytton's Gothic Imagination - Dr Gavin Budge
Memories of Working at the Development Corporation - Ken Wright
Pigs on Trial: our ancestors' reasonable weirdness - Dr Brendan Larvor
The WGC Heritage Trust Project - Virginia Simpson
Witchcraft in Hertfordshire - Professor Owen Davies
'History of the Ryde' - Phil Marris

Tony Rook at an archaeological dig


Shaw's Corner - Lizzie Dunsford
A Celebration of Poetry and Music - David Steed
Mind the Gap! - John Williams (BAFM)
The Development of Mechanical Music - Terry Pankhurst
Flow Gently, Sweet Mimram - Tony Rook
The history of Handside and Barn Theatre - Keith Thompson
From Budget Cuts to Rising Dough - Linda Dobbs
Development of Hatfield Town Centre - Chris Conway
Charles Dickens on Stage and Screen - Dr Andrew Maunde
Blood, Sweat and Bouncing Balls - 4,000 Years of Rubber - Dr John Loadman



Ancient Customs of the Solstice - Roy Evans
Birth and Development of Hertfordshire Scouting 1908 -2008 - Frank Brittain
St Albans South Signal Box - Anthony Furse
A History of Millwrighting: from early times to the present day - Simon Hudson and Sarah Heaffey
Switched ON - Alick Barnett
Wood, Tools and Woodturning - Colin Smith
Aircraft Development in Hertfordshire in the 20th Century - David Keen
Caring for Hertfordshire's Churches - Patrick Lepper
Sherrardspark Wood - Past, Present and Future - Gary Dobrin
David Lean - The Man and His Films - Roy Evans



Hertfordshire's Travellers - Susan Flood
Coffee Houses, Coffee Shops, Coffee Stalls and Coffee Bars - Marlene McAndrew
John Lewis - Partnership in the Past - Judy Faraday
Great War Portraits - Keith Collman
Henry Moore: Maverick to Master - Peter Dell
The Hertfordshire Chorus - Peter Morton
London Underground Stations - Mark Pardoe
The Bayeux Tapestry - Gary Fisher
The story of Harry Macdonald, Woodcarver of Woolmer Green - Emma Pearce
The Secret Wireless War - Stephen Barnard

Hertfordshire Chorus


Introducing Beatrix Potter - Jenny Akester
The Hero Who Never Was - Terry Cox
England by Gaslight - John Beckerson
Hidden Histories - Daphne Knott
Treasures from the Archives - Llinos Thomas
The Forge at Much Hadham - Cristina Harrison
Joseph Paxton - Victorian extraordinary - Roy Evans
A Roman Cemetery in Welwyn - Tony Rook
A Prison at Norman Cross - Paul Chamberlain
A Gunpowder Plot - Richard Thomas

John Beckerson and Gas Retort


The shape of women - Jenny Oxley
St Albans Abbey carillon - Deryck Hannaford
My life-long interest in railways - Jon Marsh, MBE
The Great Northern Railway in Hertfordshire - George Howe
The Digswell Arts Trust - Mike Goring
Privateers - Paul Chamberlain
Would you believe we put a man on the Moon? - Jerry Stone
The history of Brickendonbury Manor - John Loadman
The history of Ware - Elisabeth Barrett

Jon Marsh OBE


Garden design - Anthony Henn
The vernacular architecture of country cottages - Roy Evans
Corn dollies - Jane Woolman
The centenary of the Hertford Road - Tony Rook
Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust and Hatfield in World War II - Tony Skottowe
Living with an archaeologist -  Merle Rook
Hertfordshire villages - John Neal
A brief history of time-keeping - Geoffrey Hollis
A thousand years of English churches: the work of The Churches Conservation Trust - Chloe Cockerill
Treasure or trash? How to identify artefacts - Julian Watters

Welwyn Department Store car park in 1964


Bone, straw and paper: the work of French prisoners of war - Paul Chamberlain
History of Chicksands Priory - Doreen Hoare
Digital TV - John Middleton
Literary figures of Hertfordshire - Hazel Bell and David Steed
Bats - Roger Havard
Roman latrines - Don Porter
Oriental carpets - Ron Stewart
Origami - Mark Bolitho
Antarctica - John Perren
Ghostly Hertfordshire - Damien O'Dell

Literary figures


History of St Albans Abbey - Jane Kelsall
Early days in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield - Ken Wright
Wine grapes and wine making - David Howgego
Countryside matters: the work of CPRE - Kevin Fitzgerald
Last flight of Lancaster LL919 - Anne Grimshaw
From clay to wax - Paul Bainbridge
Cuffley Story - Michael Clark and Patricia Klijn
St Bartholomew's Hospital, London - Len Phillips
Are politicians ever to be trusted? - Sir Philip Mawer
Subterranean Hertfordshire - Andrew Smith



Wheathampstead excavation - Simon West
Education in Hertfordshire - Donald Fisher
Beekeeping - Malcolm High
Queer, quaint and quirky of Hertfordshire - Ken Cain
Commons Nature Reserve - Peter Oakenfell
Waterways' wonder - Richard Thomas
A Weaver at Waterloo - Anne Grimshaw
The Work of the Royal Veterinary College - Virginia Fisher
Walking the Lea - Ken Cain
Santiago de Compostella by Bicycle - Dermot Wynn



Windmills and watermills - Robin Webb
De Havilland and Salisbury Hall - Philip Birtles
Knebworth House - Clare Fleck
De Havilland DH82 Tiger Moth - Stuart McKay
17th Century food ­- Caroline Rawle & Sarah Adamson
Democracy in Welwyn Hatfield - Grant Shapps
Curiosities and customs in the City of London - Paul Taylor
Home Guard in Hertfordshire ­- Col John Sainsbury
Policing in central Hertfordshire - Steve Ottaway
A day in the life of a Thames tug - Richard Thomas



Welwyn Archaeological Society - Tony Rook
Hatfield House Gardens & Museum of Gardening - Polly Bishop
Cuffley Airship - John Higgs
Cecil Family & Hatfield House - Robin Perkins

Tony Rook
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