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Talks for 2024
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Tuesday 26th March 2024 at 2:30pm
Cley Village Hall
Crisis Before the Shipwreck: The Gloucester and Oliver Cromwell’s Western Design, 1654-1656
The discovery of the Gloucester warship off Great Yarmouth in 2007 by Norfolk divers Julian and Lincoln Barnwell has captivated the nation. An important warship to both British and global history, when the Gloucester sank in 1682, it was transporting the future King James II to Scotland. This talk considers the wider career of the Gloucester by focusing on its first expedition as part of Oliver Cromwell’s Western Design in the Caribbean, 1654-1656. Accounting for the ship’s involvement in assaults on Spanish colonial holdings including Jamaica, Dr Benjamin Redding will also explore the experiences of the Gloucester’s crew, revealing how they faced extreme physical and mental hardships in an unforgiving environment.
Dr Benjamin Redding, Senior Research Associate in Maritime History, University of East Anglia
Johan Danckerts’ painting of the Gloucester wreck held by Royal Maritime Greenwich & Ben Redding
Tuesday 30th April 2024 at 2:30pm
Cley Village Hall
The Norwich Architects: Edward Boardman & George Skipper
Edward Boardman 1833 – 1810 and George Skipper 1856 – 1948
The pace of change in Norwich during the second half of the 19th century was extraordinary. By 1900 the population was double that of a century earlier. So there was a huge demand for different types of buildings needed by a modern Victorian city – housing, factories, chapel, hospitals, shops, offices and schools and colleges. Later on the arrival of electric trams presented another challenge to the cityscape.
Two men are largely responsible for reshaping 19th Century Norwich. First, prolific local architect Edward Boardman and, equally important, Boardman’s rival George Skipper, of whom John Betjeman said ‘He is altogether remarkable and original. He was to Norwich what Gaudi was to Barcelona’.
This talk will look at their lives and influences and, most importantly, the handsome buildings they designed in Norwich and beyond.