Thatcham Historical Society
A packed room gathered for the Annual General Meeting of the Thatcham Historical Society on Monday (31st January). Chairman Dr Nick Young thanked the members for the continued support of the society and fellow committee members for their hard work in promoting and organising events over the past year. Nick reviewed the events of 2010 highlighting the number of events, including trips, which had taken place.
From left to right, Chairman Dr Nick Young, Secretary, Alf Wheeler and member Alec Birch. Photo by Ann Allen.
Tonight’s talk, 29th November, was given by Dan Bashford from English Heritage. Dan noted that there are at least 700 scheduled monuments in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Some of these are at risk of deteriorating.
Damage to monuments is caused from various sources including unauthorized ploughing, animals digging and building development.
To counter animal damage, one preventative measure is to add wire meshing. Mesh is laid on the ground to cover the monument and a fence erected around the monument.
Tonight’s talk (18th October) was given by Gareth Owen from Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (www.hwtma.org.uk). Gareth started the talk by highlighting the fact that Maritime Archaeology is not just ship wrecks. To highlight this several slides and videos were shown, showing how the English Channel formed. This clearly identified the fact that 9,000 years ago there was no English Channel, it was all dry land. This then begs the questions, if it was dry land, were people living there?
Our chairman, Dr Nick Young, presented a talk, “1968: not just an Olympic year”, on Saturday, 9th October as the opening evening event for Thatcham Festival of Arts and Leisure. An introduction was made by Thatcham Town Mayor, Lee Dillon. The talk briefly looked at the world in 1968, Britain in 1968 and then concentrated on Thatcham in 1968.