Online talks 2021
Talks are normally held fortnightly on Wednesdays at 1000.   To join, please email chairman AT (replacing AT by @), to obtain a Zoom link.
Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 10.00 (by Zoom)Rodney West  led a discussion on Blaxhall’s Farming Past. Rodney is chairman of the Blaxhall Archive Group which was founded in 2003 and, among many other activities, has published three books of Blaxhall's social history. The final book Blaxhall's Farming Past is the subject of this talk. Since lockdown the Group has produced another series of books - Blaxhall Snippets.

Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 10.00 (by Zoom): David Wollweber led a discussion on Two Suffolk coin hoards. David is a trustee and volunteer at Halesworth and District Museum. As a collector of coins, David took the lead on research into two coin hoards which have recently been brought by the museum, the "near Cookley" hoard of Roman coins and the "near Blythburgh" hoard of Iron Age coins. Both of these collections are highly unusual and raise fascinating questions about those who made the coins and the society they lived in and how and why they ended up in this remote area of Suffolk.  The contrast between the Roman and Iron Age coins is a tale of two clashing cultures.

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 10.00: James Halsall led a discussion on the work of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches entitled Art, architecture, building development and bats. Until very recently James was Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and Pastoral Secretary.

Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 10.00: Dr Rosalind Crone led a discussion on education in nineteenth-century Suffolk both in schools and in prisons. Rosalind is a senior lecturer in history at the Open University with particular interests in society and culture in the long nineteenth century.

Saturday 13 March 2021 at 14.00: Nick Amor: book launch Keeping the peace in medieval Suffolk.

Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 10.00: Dr Lyn Boothman led a discussion on Gentry-led violence in Long Melford, 1766. Lyn is an affiliated researcher with the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. She has studied Long Melford for many years and the town was the subject of her PhD thesis.

Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 10.00: Sue Anderson led a discussion on Saxon Suffolk, the pottery evidence. Sue is a freelance archaeological specialist with Spoilheap Archaeology and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

17 February 2021: Laura Howarth, who is the National Trust’s Archaeology and Engagement manager at Sutton Hoo, talked about the collection of photographs taken during the excavations in 1939 by ‘amateur’ photographers Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff. The collection is thought to include the earliest colour photographs from an archaeological dig.

10 February 2021: Our President, Professor Mark Bailey, launched his ground-breaking volume After the Black Death: economy, society and the law in fourteenth-century England, which is now published by Oxford University Press.  The book follows on from the James Ford lectures which Mark delivered at Oxford University in 2019. He talked about some of the Suffolk aspects of his research. 

27 January 2021: Professor Carole Rawcliffe of the University of East Anglia led a discussion on The upwardly mobile gentry of fifteenth-century East Anglia: Nicholas Parker of Dunwich and Honing.

20 January 2021: Professor Phillipp Schofield of Aberystwyth University led a discussion on medieval peasantry and husbandry in Suffolk.


Online talks 2020


Dec 02: Keith Briggs & Nick Amor: Ships in medieval Ipswich.

Nov 18: Clive Chambers: Orford Ness and its use in the development of military aviation during both World Wars and the Cold War. Clive is the archivist and oral history recorder as well as a tour guide for the National Trust on Orford Ness.

Nov 04: Dr John Belcher:The foldcourse and East Anglian agriculture and landscape, 1100-1900, to be published by Boydell & Brewer.  For more details about the book see

Oct 21: Lynda Bradley and John Rainer: SIAH Field Group

Oct 07: Bob Carr - Substantially Norman – Stanningfield church

Sep 23 Dr James Davis - Re-evaluating Suffolk's medieval markets

Sep 08: Dr Rosemary Hoppitt - Deer parks of Suffolk 1086-1602 (book launch)

Aug 29: Prof Maryanne Kowaleski - Foreigners in medieval Suffolk: an introduction to the England's immigrants project (Slides available at )

Aug 12: Dr Heather Falvey - Glimpses of late medieval religion In Suffolk and elsewhere: evidence from the cult of King Henry VI

Jul 29: Keith Wade - Anglo-Saxon Ipswich

Jul 15: Dr Philip Slavin - Suffolk during the Great Famine of 1315-17

Jul 01: Dr Harvey Osborne - Workhouse disorder 1835-55 in Suffolk

Jun 17: Jude Plouviez - Roman hoards

Jun 03: Dr Keith Briggs - Ipswich thirteenth-century surnames (Slides available at )

May 20: Jo Caruth - Suffolk in the fifth century

May 06: Edward Martin - John Stevens Henslow - rector of Hitcham, botanist, geologist, and friend and mentor to Charles Darwin

Apr 22: Dr Jo Sear - The origins of the consumer revolution in England

Apr 08: Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch - Suffolk and the Tudors