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Thursday 9th January 2020 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, ‘Dovecotes’ by Colin Ray.

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 10th October 2019 – 7:30pm
Recent Excavations at Oakham Castle – Mathew Morris
aka “I’m in a soggy hole, get me out of here.”

Dig Director Mathew Morris will give a talk on the recent community archaeological dig in the grounds of Oakham Castle.
In 2018 and again in 2019, the team re-opened trenches started by Time Team in 2012. They have expanded our knowledge of the site and discovered previously unknown structures.
Mathew promises not to talk about Richard III.


Mathew is a Project Officer at ULAS with over a decade of archaeological experience, having excavated a wide range of rural and urban archaeology across the Midlands, from the prehistoric period through to the Second World War. His specialisms include urban archaeology, community archaeology and Roman and medieval archaeology.
Mathew graduated from the University of Leicester in 2003 with a BA in Archaeology and an MA in Landscape Studies, joining ULAS in 2004. Notable projects include a massive multi-period urban excavation (Highcross Leicester) that included excavation of Roman town houses, commercial buildings, two lost medieval churches and medieval cemeteries; a Roman cemetery (Western Road, Leicester). and the first excavated section of the Lower Icknield Way (Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire). In 2012, he directed the successful archaeological search for the lost grave of King Richard III. Recently, he has been digging up more Roman buildings and mosaics in Leicester, at the former Southgates Bus Depot and All Saints’ Brewery sites.
He has co-authored two books: ‘Visions of Ancient Leicester’ (2011) and ‘Richard III: The King under the Car Park’ (2013). He is actively involved in promoting archaeology to the general public, regularly providing talks to local societies, and is a Committee member of the Leicestershire Fieldworkers, and a Branch Leader for the Leicestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club. He also currently leads the Castle Hill Community Archaeology Dig and the Bosworth Links Community Dig.

Thursday 19th September 2019 – 7:30pm
Medieval Carvings in Rutland and Leicestershire by Bob Trubshaw

Bob Trubshaw talks about the wealth of medieval sculpture in Leicestershire and Rutland depicting a wide variety of subjects including grotesque beasties, so-called ‘Green Men’ and even rather rude contortionists.

Bob has been researching and writing about local medieval carvings for about thirty years. He is the author of numerous books and articles about local history, folklore and archaeology.


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

Tea Time Antiques – Edward J Rycroft

Saturday 7th September 2019 – 7:30pm
Edward is specialist furniture valuer for Hansons Auctioneers, he is also a furniture and cabinetmaker, and an expert in the construction, finish and condition of furniture.

The Friends are celebrating their 60th year, so there will be birthday cake too!

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

Thursday 11th July 2019

Wendy Scott, the Finds Liaison Officer for Leicestershire and Rutland, talks about the Portable Antiquities Scheme and some of the remarkable local finds that have been recorded.
Part of the Leicestershire & Rutland Festival of Archaeology
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Admission Free, All welcome

‘Bypassing History – transport in and through Stamford over the ages’ by Phillipa Massey

Thursday 9th May 2019 –  7:30pm – Rutland County Museum.

Phillipa talks about the perennial challenges of traffic and transportation to the town of Stamford and some of the efforts made to alleviate it.

Admission Free. All Welcome

Thursday 11th April – 7:30pm
Egyptologist and writer Dylan Bickerstaffe talks about his fascination with the Kingdoms of ancient Egypt.

Over the last twenty years, Dylan has lectured extensively to Egyptology Societies around the UK, and contributed to Conferences in the UK and Luxor. His media work has included programmes appearing on National Geographic TV and Channel 5 concerning the Royal Cache tomb, tomb-robbery, and the anonymous mummy, Unknown Man ‘E’.

All welcome. Admission Free


Thursday 14th March 2019 – 7:30pm

Alastair Adams presents a insight in to the art and history of portrait painting.

Alastair Adams has been painting portraits since the mid 1990’s over which time he has established a strong reputation as a commissioned portrait artist.
He became a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) in 2002, and in 2008 he was made President, the youngest in the Society’s 120 year history.

Alastair also holds a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University and has published papers on commissioned portraiture, the application of life drawing within a modern educational context, drawing and visualisation and facial difference.

richard-e-grant-sketchRichard E Grant by Alastair Adams

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

Thursday 14th February 2019.
David Ellis talks about his life in Collyweston Slating, from
apprentice to Master Slater.

7:30pm – Admission Free. All Welcome.


Thursday 10th January – 7:30pm
900 Years of Peterborough Cathedral – The History & Archaeology.
Stuart Orme, Director of Operations at Peterborough Cathedral talks about it’s origins and history.

Admission Free. All Welcome.