The February meeting of Retford Historical and Archaeological Society attracted a near capacity audience of 84 to hear Derek Adlam’s talk on the Portland Collection. Derek began his talk by outlining Welbeck’s history. Although Bess of Hardwick never lived at Welbeck, she made it possible for her son, Sir Charles Cavendish, to acquire the Welbeck estate and establish the dynasty.
The speaker then highlighted members of the Cavendish dynasty who had embarked upon collecting objects d’art and antiquities forming the basis of the Portland Collection at Welbeck today. In his talk, Derek covered a wide field, in fascinating detail including the famous tiara that was recently stolen. The audience remained attentive throughout what was perhaps one of the most interesting talks the society has had in recent times.
On 10th April Ken Smith will speak to the society about ‘Recent Discoveries of Peak Archaeology’. The meeting will take place at Chapelgate Hall situated behind Grove Street Methodist Church. Doors open from 7.00pm and the meeting begins at 7.30pm. For further information contact Jean Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01777 705980.