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Levens Local History Group

Meetings in previous years

Events in 2018

Date       Meeting
Jan 18 AGM – Ian Hodkinson –Science, superstition and sorcery: ‘wise men’ in Westmorland during the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries
Feb 15 Dr Christopher Donaldson – Journeys over Morecambe Bay before and after the Age of Steam
Mar 15 Tony Foster – A Trip to Switzerland in 1916: A little known aspect of WW1
Apr 19 Peter Standing – The Boundaries of Beetham
May 17 Janet Smith – The Families of Holker Hall
Jun 21 Trevor Hughes – Walk: The Yards of Kendal
Sep 20 Margaret Owen – Hubert at the Front: The WWI Experiences of Sergeant Hubert Simpson, R.A.M.C.
Oct 18 Dr. Bill Shannon – Mapping Morecambe Bay - the Early Years
Nov 15 Jules Wooding – Lest we forget: how Remembrance has evolved
Dec 13 Jamie Lund – The Lake District World Heritage Site: What does it mean one year on?

Events in 2017

Date  Meeting
Jan 19 AGM – Ian Hodkinson –The ague: a history of indigenous malaria in Cumbria and the north
Feb 16 Tom Clare – The Archaeology of Levens Park
Mar 16 Alan Crosby – Lords, manors and mineral rights: researching their history in South Lakeland
Apr 20 Ian Brodie – Thirlmere and the Birth of Landscape Conservation
May 18 Mike Winstanley – Happy Days? Educating the Masses, Elementary Schooling, 1818-1918
Jun 22 Dan Elsworth – Walk around Cartmel
Sep 21 Jeremy Rowan-Robinson – Great Grandad’s Army; Rifle Ranges of the Lake District
Oct 19 Christine Workman – The Felt Hat Industry
Nov 23 Eleanor Kingston – Archaeology update for the Lake District National Park
Dec 7 Oxford Archaeology North – Levens Park

Events in 2016

Date  Meeting
Jan 21 AGM – LLHG’s proposed Levens Estate Project, 2016 – 2017
Feb 18 Ian Gee – The History of Flying at Windermere 1911-1919
Mar 17 Sue Tiplady – Words Worth Writing; researching and compiling a history of Satterthwaite
Apr 21 Kevin Lancaster – The Enclosure of Bluecaster - Why Sedbergh hated the Stricklands
May 19 John Butcher – A History of the Thirlmere Aqueduct
Jun 16 Mike Kingsbury – Walk: A guided tour of Kirkby Lonsdale
Sep 15 Bill Myers – Cumbria and the First World War
Oct 20 Frank Sanderson – A History of the Lancaster Canal
Nov 17 Louise Martin – Recent Archaeology of Morecambe Bay

Events in 2015

Date      Meeting
Jan 15 AGM – Ian Hodkinson – Forensic Archaeology
Feb 19 Julian Munby – Levens and the Park: Discoveries in the Deed Room and Beyond
Mar 19 Dr. Sarah Rose – Helsington and the VCH
Apr 16 Dot Boughton – The Portable Antiquities Scheme
May 21 Jackie Fay – Gems from Kendal Local Studies Library
Jun 18 Fred Martin – Walk: Lyth Valley Drainage
Sep 17 Dan Elsworth – Rheged, Cumbria and Levens
Oct 15 Jean Scott Smith – Cumbrian Customs
Nov 19 Jamie Lund – The Formby Footprints

Events held in 2014

Date      Meeting
Jan 16 AGM – Levens WWI Memorial and Future Exhibition
Feb 20 Dr. Jean Turnbull – Lyth Valley Roads
Feb 27 Sizergh Dig in the Park Report event – Heaves Hotel
Mar 20 Dr. Mike Winstanley – Voyages of Abram: Lonsdale merchants and the Virgin Islands
Apr 17 Dr. Rob David – In Search of Leviathan: the North-west and the Northern Whale Fishery
May 15 Geoff Pegg – Holme Mills
June 19 Guided Walk: Meet Bus Shelter 6:20pm: Larry Walling – Lyth Valley Peat
Sep 18 Dot Boughton – Local hoards and finds; the PAS
Oct 16 Dr Jennifer Holt – Thomas Fenwick’s Diaries
Nov 20 Jamie Quartermaine – Recent North-west Archaeology (Title to be agreed)

Events held in 2013

Date      Meeting
Jan 17 Stephen Read – Construction of St John the Evangelist Church, Levens. AGM
Feb 21 Brian Wilson – Only Half a Story (A history of the postal system)
Mar 21 Dr Stephen Caunce – Northern English Hiring Fairs, 1890-1939: Business and Pleasure Combined.
Apr 18 Dr Mike Winstanley – A History of Retailing
May 16 Janet Nelson – The Lancaster Slave Trade
Jun 6 Guided Walk: Janet Nelson – A Walk Round Lancaster
Sep 19 Rachel Newman – Viking Cumbria
Oct 17 Margaret Owen – The Kendal Home Guard
Nov 21 Jamie Lund – Early mining sites on the eastern Grasmere Fells

Events held in 2012

 Date     Meeting
Jan 19 Stephen Read – The Strickland Arms. AGM
Feb 16 Dr. Jean Turnbull – From Blacksmiths to Bypasses: the impact of motor transport in Westmorland 1900-1970
Mar 15 Dr. Rob David – Remembering Slavery: Cumbria’s connections to the trans-Atlantic slave trade
Apr 19 Katharine Pottinger – Sedgwick House
May 17 Peter Higginbotham – The Kendal Union Workhouses
Jun 21 Guided Walk: Kendal with Trevor Hughes, starting 6.30pm
Sep 20 Barry Jolly – Commander Walter Strickland R.N.
Oct 18 Members evening – Where we are now
Nov 22 Jim Dewhirst – The History of Westmorland County Agricultural Society

Events held in 2011

Date        Meeting
Jan 20 Stephen Read – Levens Date Stones. AGM.
Feb 17 Harry Hawkins – Medieval Deer Parks of Cumbria
Mar 17 Dr. Angus Winchester – Writing for the Victoria County History
Apr 21 Trevor Hughes – Kendal Treasures
May 19 Dr. Mike Winstanley – 1910 Land Tax and 1911 census study evening
Jun 16 Guided Walk: Heaves farm and Sizergh Fell Side with Larry Walling
Sep 15 John Helme – The Newland Iron Furnace: History and Preservation
Oct 20 Members evening – Where we are now
Nov 17 Dr. Peter Skidmore – Coastal Shipping in the North West (late 18th century)
Nov 19/20 Exhibition: "Levens One Hundred Years Ago" at the Institute 10 till 4pm

Events held in 2010

   Date        Meeting
Jan 21 7:30pm. Jamie Lund – Exciting new project! AGM.
Feb 18 Dick White – Privies, Potties and Pollution
Mar 18 Graham Whitwham – A Brief History of Photography
Apr 22 Andrew Lowe – Wrestlers, Crucks and Mullions
May 20 Les Gilpin – The Ulverstone and Lancaster Railway
Jun 17 Guided Walk round Burton: meet Burton Memorial Hall at 7.00pm
Sep 23 Helen Crowe – Farm Labour shortages during the Great War
Oct 21 Jamie Lund & Peter Schofield – The Sizergh Historic Landscape Survey
Nov 18 Ian Whyte – Reclamation, storm and flood.

Events held in 2009

Date        Meeting
Jan 15 7:45pm. Ian Hodkinson & Allan Steward – Victorian botanists in Levens. AGM.
Feb 26 David Askew – Limekilns of Arnside & Silverdale
Mar 26 Dick White – Morecambe Bay Wrecks and Disasters
Apr 23 Ken Broadhurst – Turnpike Roads
May 21 6:30pm at Staveley – Local History Walk
Sep 17 Ellie Straughton – The 'Contested Common Land' Project, 1600-2006
Oct 28 An evening of learning and sharing information about the Levens area.
Nov 25 Sue Oliver – Births, Deaths and Marriages since 1837

Events held in 2008

Date     Meeting
Jan 24 AGM
Feb 28 Andrew Davison- English heritage
Mar 27 Jennifer Forsyth - Cartmel fell
Apr 24 Dick White - Sizergh
May 22
Jun 19 School exhibition
Jun 26 Stephen Read - Village walk
Jul 21 Holmes LHS - Village walk
Sep 25 Fred Martin - Valley Drainage
Oct 30 Daniel Elsworth - Frosthwaite
Nov 27 Sandy Lofthouse - Reverend Sidney Swan