Archive of previous years’ programmes

Archive of the last few years’ programmes, for reference.

For the up-to-date version of this year’s programme, please look here.

Programme of talks 2023-4

The season of talks has now finished, the programme of visits for Summer 2024 is below.

Meetings are held in the United Free Church, Riverside, Framlingham and start at 7.30pm unless otherwise indicated.

Wed 18th October 2023The Medieval Farming Year in PicturesAlison Bowman
Wed 15th November 2023AGM 
 After the AGM: The 1931 Pageant: a recently discovered film of this amazing eventJohn Bridges
Wed 6th December 2023
Unitarian Meeting House
Special event: The Harbour Lights Trio will entertain us with a programme of Suffolk Songs, with mulled wine and mince pies 
Wed 17th January 2024World War II Coastal Defences in Suffolk.
On Zoom (not face-to-face)
Dr John Greenacre
Wed 21st February 2024Suffolk’s Lost Heritage: A look at some of the buildings that have been lost over the years.Stephen Poulter
Wed 20th March 2024Expert Edgesmith to Engineering Enterprise: The early days of the Leiston Garrett dynastyFraser Hale
Wed 17th April 2024The Hidden History of Orfordness, 1914-1993Clive Chambers
Summer Visits 2024

We have arranged a number of visits during the Summer of 2024. Click the title of each visit in the list below for more information.

You need to book, and please download this form, and follow the instructions in it, including how to pay.

Booking will be restricted to members until June (so if you’re not a member, why not join now).

DateVisitOrganiser and contact
Wed 19th June, 11am – 1pmMelford Hall Gardens Long Melford, with tour by Edward MartinAlison Pickup
Wed 10th July, 2.30pmThe Red House, Aldeburgh, former home of Benjamin Britten and Peter PearsDavid Ransom
Tues 13th Aug, 11amLong Shop Museum, LeistonAnnie Heining

Programme of talks 2022-3

See below for the programme of visits for Summer 2023.

Meetings are held in the United Free Church, Riverside, Framlingham and start at 7.30pm unless otherwise indicated.

Wed 19th October 2022 Annual General Meeting  
  What we discovered at the Ancient House (follows the AGM) Clare and Michael Gaylard
Wed 16th November 2022 Off to the Outback: A Suffolk family emigrating to Australia in the 1840s (based on diary entries) Peter Driver
Wed 14th December 2022 The Medieval Farming Year in Pictures Alison Bowman
Wed 18th January 2023
The History of The Meres Ray Hardinge
Wed 15th February 2023 (change to the previously published talk)
The Worlingworth Jubilee Feast Painting of 1810 Geoffrey Robinson

Wed 15th March 2023

The Lost City of Dunwich Mark Mitchels
Wed 19th April 2023 The Land Army Girls Nicky Reynolds



Wed 20th October 2021 Robert Hawes, background to his 1712 book: “The History or Memoiurs of Framlingham and the Lowes Hundred” Tony Martin
Wed 17th November 2021 Voices from the Workhouse Janette Robinson
Wed 15th December 2021 East Anglian Art, from the Norwich School onwards John Day
Wed 19th January 2022
John Self’s Framlingham, A Photo Tour, 1884 – 1927 John Bridges
Wed 16th February 2022
Charlie and The Dig Charlie Haylock (Ralph Fiennes’ dialect coach for the film The Dig)

Wed 23rd March 2022
by Zoom
(postponed from 16th)

The Magical Protection of Buildings (16-20th C) with examples from Framlingham area Timothy Easton
Wed 20th April 2022 An Introduction to the Paston Letters Charles Seely


2020-21 (disrupted by COVID, started late)

Wed 17th Feb 2021 at 11am (Zoom talk)Clarkes of Framlingham (The family, the firm and the grain trade)Tony Clarke – recording of the event here.
Wed 17th March 2021 at 11am (Zoom talk)Re-evaluating Suffolk’s medieval marketsDr James David
Wed 21st April 2021 at 11am (Zoom talk)Lost Gardens of SuffolkEdward Martin
Tues 18th May 2021 at 11am (Zoom talk)Early buildings in Suffolk, especially DebenhamTimothy Easton
Tues 15th June at 2pm (Zoom talk)Keeping the peace in medieval SuffolkDr Nick Amor
Tues 20th July at 11am (Zoom talk)The Roman Roads of East AngliaDr James Albone