Further details to be announced soon.
A talk by local historian, cartoonist, author and artist Mervyn Edwards.
Mervyn’s talk looks at the lives of several women who made their mark in North Staffordshire. These include pottery designer Clarice Cliff, one of the most fascinating creative talents ever to emerge from the Potteries - and the good deeds of two very different political and social campaigners: Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland (the Princess Diana of her day) and also the spitfire from Silverdale who gave her name to the Fanny Deakin Maternity Home.
For more information you can visit Mervyn’s website here.
A talk by Anthony Poulton-Smith.
Talking Butts: the many odd ideas, often accepted as a part of history, which have no basis in fact.
The title comes from the many minor place names, found most often for fields or narrow lanes, seen as 'The Butts' or similar and commonly thought to show where medieval villagers honed their skills with the long bow. Yet it is easy to see this could never be true as the name nearly always appears several centuries before the law allowing the male villagers to miss church on Sundays in order to practise.
Many other 'facts’ will be given an airing and shown they could never stand up to scrutiny.
For more information about Anthony you can visit his website here.
A talk by Ray Elks at the Betley Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley, CW3 9AS.
A behind the scenes talk on Spode's connections with the Great Royal Families of Europe and in particular with the British Royal Family. Hear how Josiah Spode was a leading light in the Ceramic Industry and how he made the single most important discovery in the history of British Ceramics.
A talk by Rhoda Farrington
Letters from Ellen Tollet to Annabel Crewe - two ladies of spirit from Betley and Crewe/Madeley in the mid C19 by Mavis Smith
This will be this year's Les Bradshaw Memorial Talk