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July 2019

Visit to the Riding House at Wolfeton House

July 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is a nationally important early 16th century building in Charminster. The stone building was constructed to be a centre for 'haute école', the precision schooling of horses, and its upper floor was also used for archery. The building was acquired by the Wolfeton Riding Trust in 1997 and we will be shown around by a member of the trust. We are expected at 11am for an 11:15am start. The visit should last about an hour and a half or…

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September 2019

The archaeology of the ancient societies of Worth Matravers

September 13, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Over several seasons a small excavation at Worth Matravers uncovered a wealth of highly significant evidence of past residents and trading connections dating back several thousand years. A presentation by archaeologist Lilian Ladle will give full details. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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October 2019

The use of modern technology in the search for the past

October 11, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Nicholas Crabbe, of Wessex Archaeology, will give a presentation on the use of geophysics and drones that help historians and archaeologists study the landscape and help find what lies below the surface before even a turf has been turned. The extreme dry weather of 2018 has resulted in new sites being found throughout the country. It is hoped that Nicholas will have done some drone work in Swanage prior to the talk. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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November 2019

The bats of Purbeck

November 8, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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A presentation by the East Dorset Bat rescue group, including a chance to actually meet some rescued bats. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.  

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December 2019

Christmas social

December 13, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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A chance to mingle and share some festive fare with other members and guests, with seasonal readings from writer, poet and actor Wendy Wharam. There'll be a light hearted quiz and general update on the Society's activities, including plans for 2020. A light high tea will be served. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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January 2020

Annual General Meeting

January 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Come along to discuss the future of the society, its roles, aims and projects for 2020. Input from members is very welcome and actively encouraged. We hope to present details of the completed buildings survey after 2 year's work by society volunteers. We intend to send copies to Swanage Town Council, Dorset County Archive and Dorset County Council Environment and Planning department. Culvin Milmer from Swanage Tourist Information Centre will give a brief update on the work of the Sustainable…

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February 2020

Biodiversity in Purbeck

February 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Tom Clark and David Brown of the National Trust visit us to set our their plans and partnerships to support biodiversity in the local area, with particular reference to the south side of Poole harbour. This will included their proposals for the reintroduction of beavers in the area, and the implications for such projects. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance. 20th February Poster

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March 2020

Picturesque Rambles in the Isle of Purbeck and a Royal Warren

March 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Carlton Hobbs recounts the adventures of two Victorian gentlemen, an author and an artist, who set out in 1881 to capture the essence of Purbeck before the introduction of the railway. Mainly through the artist's fine drawings, we will be shown how the Isle has changed over 300 years since its time as a Royal Warren and how it has evolved between the 1880s and the presnt day. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance. Poster for the talk

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April 2020

POSTPONED – Epic continent – a travel writer’s journey

April 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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IN VIEW OF THE CURRENT SITUATION REGARDING COVID-19 THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE WILL REVIEW THE POSITION WITH REGARD TO RESCHEDULING IN DUE COURSE. Nicholas Jubber has journeyed across the Sahara, Middle East and Central Asia. His latest book takes us through some of his most iconic tales, from graffitti artists to refugees, war veterans to folk singers. There are stories of loyalty and betrayal, honour and love and how these relate to the present day. 'A European tapestry…

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May 2020

The lime kiln of Church Knowle

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Until the early 20th century lime kilns could be seen scattered around the countryside. Pam White will be taking us on a circular walk from Corfe Castle to visit a local kiln and to learn how and why lime was produced. The walk is approximately 2 miles, although this can be shortened by individuals if needs be. Suggested donation to Pam of £3. Please let Karen Delahay know if you'd like to come along - 01929 425049.  

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