The Museum of Somerset’s autumn events programme of heritage and history talks has been announced.
The programme opens on 4 October with Dr Hilary Custance Green. ‘Writing to a Ghost’ explores the untold stories of the Thailand– Burma railway and of the families waiting at home in Britain.
On 11 October the museum welcomes a leading authority on the Ice Age in Britain and Western Europe, Professor Danielle Schreve of Royal Holloway, University of London.
Professor Shreve, who has made a particular study of the bone caves of the Mendip Hills, will talk about ‘The Haunt of the Hippo: The Ice Age in Southern England’.
To celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Coleridge’s visionary poem Kubla Khan Professor Seamus Perry, Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, will be talking on 13 October. Seamus Perry is a renowned public speaker, widely known for his wit and his insight. Kubla Khan was written at Culbone in Somerset, and is one of the most celebrated and mysterious of English poems.
A week later, on 20 October, there will a talk by Time Team geophysics expert John Gater.
The occasion is this year’s Mick Aston Memorial Lecture. It will be given in support of the Victoria County History of Somerset, the great project to research and publish the history of every parish in the county.
Visitor Services Manager Susie Simmons said: “We have an extremely varied programme to look forward to this autumn with some exceptional speakers who are renowned experts in their fields.”
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The Museum of Somerset is part of The South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.