The Malvern Civic Society hold monthly meetings with talks from speakers on a wide variety of topics.
Our meetings are held in the Eden Centre, Grovewood Road, WR14 1GD. The Eden Centre is close to The Malvern (Spa) Hotel and Premier Inn, off Townsend way. There is a charge of £2 for members and £4 for non-members, which includes refreshments from 7pm before each meeting.
Doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts are 7.30pm.
This months speaker is Tim Bridges who is the Conservation Advisor for the Birmingham and West Midlands Victorian Society. His talk is on VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN BUILDINGS OF BIRMINGHAM AND THE WEST MIDLANDS and will explore the 19th and early 20th century architectural heritage of industry, civic life, housing, and places of worship.
This month we welcome Max Keen. He will be talking about THE HISTORY OF DUDLEY CASTLE. This castle has been a fortress since 1087 and has seen its fair share of sieges, political derring do and royal visits.
Max is a retired teacher and is qualified in archaeology.
To complement the Civic Society outing to the Worcester Porcelain Museum in October we are having a talk given by Chris Gait on DR JOHN WALL – FOUNDER OF WORCESTER PORCELAIN. This is about the life and times of the remarkable Dr John Wall who was a physician, painter, and porcelain maker.
The talk this month is being given by James Cooper and is entitled MADE IN THE COTSWOLDS. This is primarily a look at Arts & Crafts furniture Designers/makers working in the Cotswolds – Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley Brothers etc – beginning with the design principles of Pugin, Ruslin, and Morris.
Robert Barber was originally an apprentice in the motor industry but moved into Insurance . He is giving us a talk on the HISTORY OF SUGAR AND THE KIDDERMINSTER FACTORY. This is a look at how the manufacture of sugar began 5000 years ago and its spread throughout the world including the horrors of slavery. It finishes with the Sugar Factory in Kidderminster and its campaign for building it in the late 19th century and why it did not materialise until the 1920’s.