Malvern Civic Society

Monthly Talks

Members listening to talks at the monthly meetings of Malvern Civic Society

The Malvern Civic Society hold monthly meetings with talks from speakers on a wide variety of topics.

These are held on the second Friday of each month and begin at 7.30pm.  The first couple of meetings in 2022 will take place online via Zoom, at no charge.  

The venue for subsequent meetings will be announced in the monthly newsletter and updated on this site as details become available.

Upcoming Meetings

Feb
11
Fri
Online Talk: Discovering Malvern @ Online
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Speaker: Dr John Harcup OBE

Our esteemed President will describe how he came to unearth Malvern’s history and is sure to be fascinating.

Details of how to join this online talk will be provided later.
Mar
11
Fri
Talk: Malvern in the Second World War @ TBC
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Faith Renger

Faith describes the importance of Malvern and its contribution to the war effort, and you will  discover all the various armed forces and scientists who moved to or trained in Malvern. It is full of fascinating and interesting information. She is no stranger to the Civic Society having previously given us an excellent talk and many of you will know her for the work she does for the Malvern Museum.

Apr
8
Fri
Talk: Victorian and Edwardian Buildings of Birmingham and The West Midlands @ TBC
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Tim Bridges

Tim will be exploring the 19th and early 20th century architectural heritage of industry, civic life, housing and places of worship in and around the city of 1000 trades. We will look mainly at listed buildings and conservation areas.

Tim is a Conservation Adviser for the Birmingham and West Midlands Victorian Society and lives at Upton, and was educated at Kings School Worcester and then at Exeter and York Universities. He worked for over 20 years at Worcester City Museums. Tim lectures on architecture and history, leads guided visits, and has written several books.

May
13
Fri
Talk: Malvern Hills National Park @ TBC
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Bruce Osborne

There are ever growing concerns by the public about development of the landscape surrounding the Malvern Hills.

For several years in the 1990’s Bruce was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex and carried out a 3 year study of the implications of a South Downs National Park . This designation was subsequently approved by Government. The study included an evaluation of the Malvern Hills and was part of a long lasting interest in the benefits of adopting a similar designation for the Hills and surrounding area. Bruce used to live and work in the Malvern area.

Jun
10
Fri
Talk: Building a Great Mediæval Cathedral @ TBC
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Peter Petrie

Peter is a guide at Gloucester Cathedral therefore all cathedrals are of interest to him. The talk focuses on why there was a huge surge of building cathedrals and other churches between 1080 and about 1450 and then the surge died almost completely. Peter deals with some of the questions he gets asked as a guide, not just about Gloucester, but cathedrals in general.

Jul
8
Fri
Talk: The History of Malvern Theatres @ TBC
Jul 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Chris Basset

Details to be confirmed.

Sep
9
Fri
Talk: Hidden but Fascinating Tewkesbury @ TBC
Sep 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: John Dixon

An opportunity to see remnants of a failed industrial revolution as well as its historic buildings and fascinating alleys.

John is President of the Tewkesbury Historical Society.

Oct
14
Fri
Talk: Farmsteads and Buildings: Recording and Researching the past for the future @ TBC
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Alan Wadsworth

Alan will start by explaining his involvement with farmsteads projects and then examine the different types of farm buildings and look at how they are organised and why. The methodology used to record and research farm buildings will then be outlined along with the progress made to date with the Worcestershire Farmsteads Project.

Alan is leader of a voluntary project recording and researching historic farm buildings in Worcestershire, setting them where possible within their economic and landscape background, after leading a similar project in Wiltshire. He recently completed a book about a Wiltshire farmer and is now researching late enclosure in Worcestershire.

Nov
11
Fri
Annual General Meeting @ TBC
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

More details about the Annual General Meeting will be provided later.