Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society held their last meeting of the 2016-2017 season, which was also the AGM, on Wednesday 10th May at Chapelgate Hall Retford; there was a good turnout of 56 members and three visitors. Unfortunately, the speaker Pat Smedley, who should have given a talk on ‘Florence Nightingale: Life and Legacy’ was unable to attend so Chairman Malcolm Dolby gave a Powerpoint presentation on the history of Retford and how it has evolved into the town we all know today.
The 2016-2017 programme has been very varied and there have been talks on Trinity Hospital and the Denmans, The Final Journey: Mary Queen of Scots 1584 to 1587 from Sheffield to Fotheringay, The Roman Settlement at Segelocum (Littleborough) to The Lost Legions of Napoleon, to mention just a few. This year the society celebrates its 50th anniversary and at the first open meeting an audience of 207 listened to an inspiring Talk by Charles Hanson on his life as an auctioneer — his discovery of a Charles I silver shilling as a child started his love of antiques and lead to a career which is his passion. Society members end the birthday celebrations with an open lecture by Dr David Starkey, the historian, with a talk on ‘The Young Elizabeth’ at Retford Town Hall on Monday 17th July at 7.30pm. Admission is £8, you can obtain tickets from the Hub Cannon Square and Bookworm on Spa Lane Retford. For further information please call Janet on 01777 248297 or Jean on 01777 705980.