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Thursday 20thSeptember – 7:30pm

‘From Desert to Drawing Room – Tribal Carpets from the Middle East’
Noted expert Wiktor Wysyznski tells the story of the ‘Persian Carpet’ and how it travelled to the homes of Europe.

Admission Free. All welcome.


The Hansons Auctioneers Summer Lecture. – In conjunction with The Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle

My Life as an Auctioneer – Charles Hanson

Saturday 1st September 2018

Charles’ career began at Christie’s, in London. He went on to launch Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, in 2005. He is regularly seen on television including ‘Bargain Hunt’, ‘Flog it!’ and ‘Antigues Road trip’.

Tickets £10 – including refreshments – available from Rutland County Museum, Camose Street, 01572 758440 and Oakham Library. (during opening hours).

Thursday 12th July 2018 – 7:30pm
The History of the Music Hall. – Colin Ray.

Colin Ray returns to present a history of the great British tradition of the Music Hall.
Admission Free. All Welcome.


Thursday 14th June 2018, 7.30pm

Lawrence Fenelon talks about Jeffrey Hudson, the famous dwarf from Oakham and his royal patronage.


Admission Free – All welcome – No need to book.
N.B. This replaces the advertised talk by Tony Butler

Thursday 10th May 2018 – 7:30pm
Richard Westbrook Baker : Improving Agriculture in 19th Century Rutland by Vanessa Doe.

Vanessa talks about the life and achivements of R.W. Baker
The talk will be preceded by the AGM of the Rutland Local History & Record Society.
Admission Free. All

Thursday 12th April – 7:30pm
Mark Temple talks about some of the former windmills of Leicestershire and Rutland.
Admission Free, All Welcome.
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Preston Mill c.1920

Thursday 8th March 2018 – 7:30pm

Richard Boston presents a photographic tour of the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsual. Giving an insight in to the richness and diversity of wildlife of the most southerly continent of the globe and the threat from human activity.

Preceded by the AGM of the Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle.
Admission Free. All welcome.

Thursday 11th January 2018 7:00pm
The presentation of the George Phillips and Tony Traylen Built Environment Awards – The Great Hall of Oakham Castle.

The presentation will be followed by a talk, ‘Crucks and Controversies – the Rutland Area Evidence’ by Nick Hill of Historic England.

George Phillips Award

George Phillips Award

The George Phillips & Tony Traylen Awards are presented to the owners of a domestic, commercial or industrial development, extended, refurbished or new-build, which is considered to have made the most significant contribution to conserving the character of the built environment in Rutland.

Thursday 9th November, 7.30pm

Canon Michael Wilson will talk on ‘Queen Mary and Fotheringhay’. Not only was Mary Queen of Scots held prisoner and then executed in Fotheringhay Castle, the castle was the birthplace of Richard III and for a time was owned by the Kings of Scotland. Most of the Castle has now been physically destroyed, but its legacy still casts a long shadow. Canon Wilson will explore aspects of the remarkable history of this once famous royal residence.

Please note the next talk will be held on 9th November (not on 29th as shown in the printed programme). Admission Free. No need to book. All welcome.


Thursday 12th October, 7.30pm
Tony Martin talks about the Rutland men who served in the Crimean War.
Admission Free. All Welcome

Please Note the change to the previously advertised talk.