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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.

Saturday 2nd September at 7:30pm.
The Hansons Auctioneers Summer Lecture. – In conjunction with The Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle and the Rutland Local History & Record Society

The Anatomy of Antiques – by Marc Allum
Antiques Roadshow expert Marc takes a look at the history of collecting, illustrated with an eclectic selection of artefacts from his own collection.

Tickets £10 – including refreshments – available from Rutland County Museum, Camose Street, 01572 758440 (during opening hours) or alternatively on the door.

Hansons Auctioneers & Valuers, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire DE65 6LS
01283 733 988

Thursday 13th April – 7:30pm
The Forbidden Royal Romance and its Local Connections
A film by Barbara Keene

All are welcome – No need to book – Free admission

Thursday 9th March at 7:30pm.

The Uppingham Typhoid Epidemic, 1875-77
Dr. Nigel Richardson – formerly Deputy Headmaster at Uppingham School and Headmaster of the Perse School, Cambridge – talks about the typhoid epidemic which hit Uppingham in the latter part of the 19th century and its effects upon the town.

The talk will be preceded briefly by the AGM of The Friends of Rutland County Museum & Oakham Castle.

All are welcome – No need to book – Free admission

Thursday 10th November – 7:30pm
“The Smithsonian Institution and its Social Role – What Can we Learn from the USA”.
An illustrated talk by Katy Bunning, Smithsonian Research Associate.
Admission Free, All Welcome.


Thursday 25th August – 7:30pm
Paul Dadford from the Melton and Oakham Waterways Society talks about the history of The Oakham Canal, what remains of it and future plans.
Admission Free – All welcome.

Thursday 12th May – 7:30pm
In an illustrated talk Tony Martin discusses the fate of the 58th, Rutland Regiment as it met its end in South Africa.

This will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Rutland Local History & Record Society. (

Admission Free – All welcome – No need to book.

Thursday 21st April – 7:30pm

Iron Ore extraction was once a key industrial activity in Rutland. The discovery of out-cropping ore deposits suitable for exploitation by the iron and steel industries led to the development of several quarries in the area with some becoming major developments covering acres of the surrounding countryside.

Gary Brown, who is involved in the preservation of quarry locomotives, and was formerly the General Manager of the Rocks by Rail museum, will explore the early ironstone workings and how they were operated in the 1880’s right through to the major ore extraction undertaken at places like Exton Park and the vast systems at Corby. He will look at the development of technology for improving production especially during the two world wars and how the industry began to decline in the late 1960s.

Admission Free – All Welcome – No Need to Book.

Edward Thring: Headmaster and creator of the modern Uppingham School
Thursday 12th November at 7:30pm.

Edward Thring
Dr. Nigel Richardson – formerly Deputy Headmaster at Uppingham School and Headmaster of the Perse School, Cambridge – talks about Edward Thring and his effect on the famous public school at Uppingham.

Dr. Richardson is the author of the first full-length biography of one of the great educators of the 19th Century, Edward Thring, who was Headmaster of Uppingham School for more than 34 years

Edward Thring, thought of by many as Uppingham’s second founder, also founded the first meeting of the Headmasters’ Conference (HMC) in 1869 and is regarded as the best-known figure within independent schools in the generation after the famous Dr Thomas Arnold of Rugby.

Nigel Richardson, who taught at Uppingham from 1971 – 1989 and who himself became Chairman of the HMC eight years ago, has said: “Edward Thring’s philosophy of education was what has become known as an holistic approach – he created the ethos of all-round education which still lives on at Uppingham School today. Edward Thring’s approach to education is as relevant today as it was when he was Headmaster of Uppingham in the mid-19th Century.”

His talk will draw extensively on letters and other material recently discovered in archives in both Britain and Canada. It shows just how ground-breaking Edward Thring’s reforms really were

All are welcome – No need to book – Free admission