Lectures and Activities

Here are the Events and Talks from October 2021 - May 2022. As indicated earlier there will be no entrance fee for the first five talks, for members who had to forgo the chance of talks this Autumn as well as the concluding events in the Spring. However the excursions will be at a cost because of the expenditure involved.


The timetable for renewal of annual membership will slip a little this autumn due to the pandemic

and the Lockdowns. It was difficult to renew the 2020 subscription until a little way into the membership

year. Accordingly, we will not request the 2021 payment for a few more weeks.


We look forward to seeing you at the first Talk in November by John Cartwright on Darwin. Some of

you will have booked for the Excursion to Presteigne and Burton Court for which there are still a few

places on the coach.


Please note that we are returning to our previous arrangements whereby all meetings will start at 4.00 pm (doors open from 3.30 pm) and will be held in The Methodist Chapel, Broad Street.


Non-member’s fee per meeting:  £5.00


Civic Society members and all visitors/non members are most welcome to attend the Talks.





Trips, Visits and Gatherings


October 5th, 2021

Visit to historic Presteigne with guided tour, to include the Judge’s lodgings and then to Burton Court nr. Leominster


December 15th

6pm A Christmas celebration, (after lockdown has ceased !) with drinks and canapes.at St

Laurence’s church to be held jointly with the conservation trust of St Laurence church


May11th 2022



Calendar of talks (All talks to commence at 4.30 pm in the Methodist Chapel Broad Street)


November 21st 2021

Speaker: Dr John Cartwright – retired academic from University of Chester

Topic: Charles Darwin: the Shropshire Lad who transformed thought


January 12th 2022

Speaker: Rory Chase

After a career in business, Rory Chase moved to Ludlow in 2006. He is past Chair of The Conservation Trust for St Laurence’s Church. He is currently researching the development of Ludlow’s Victorian and Edwardian suburbs (1860 to 1910).

Topic: The life of Reverend Edward Farrington Clayton

He raised millions of pounds, chaired the Ludlow Charity, Grammar School, and Cottage Hospital and was Rector for 40 years.  Discover more about Ludlow’s Eminent Victorian


February 9th 2022

Speaker: David de Haan - most of David de Haan’s working life was in museums, including the Science Museum in London and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. He retired after 34 years at Ironbridge as Programme Director of the Ironbridge Institute, managing postgraduate courses on heritage.

Topic: Ironbridge: New Discoveries


March 9th 2022

Speaker: Edward West- Planning Policy and Strategy Manager Shropshire Council

Topic: An overview of in planning in Shropshire with special reference to Ludlow


April 13th 2022

Speaker: Dr Andrew Watson — an independent art historian specialising in British collecting of 19th-century French art.

Topic: Constantine Alexander Ionides - a remarkable Collector of French Nineteenth-Century Art. A talk based on materials from the Julia Ionides Archive















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