Updated 13 Dec 2018


Talks take place on the first Friday evening of every alternate month. (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec.)


They are held at the St James Church Hall , starting at 7.30pm prompt and finishing about 9.00pm


These talks are free to members.Non-members are welcome on payment of £1. If you would like to join please visit the Joining Us page.


Please contact Mrs Christine Huxley for additional information.





Programme for 2017 - 2019





3rd February 2017

Andrew Dobraszczyc

A Social History of Apedale Hall Gardens

7th April 2017 Paul Anderton Local responses to Napoleonís plans 1803-14: opening a new source for family and local historians. 
2nd June 2017 Andy Fear Blood and Sand:Gladiators in the Roman Empire
4th August 2017 Philip R. Leese Miners Lives; Social Life of Mining Villages in the 19th & 20th Centuries
6th October 2017 Tim Coltman The Story of Two Crosses - a presentation on the life of William Coltman VC as told by his great grandson.
1st December 2017 Philip Astley Staffordshire University Project "Philip Astley"
2nd February 2018 Dr Robin Stud Potters and the Abolition of the Slave Trade
6th April 2018 Julie Bagnall What to Do with 323 Post Cards ?
1st June 2018 Mervyn Edwards Potteries Parks
3rd August 2018 J Eardley Letter from Poitou - The Remarkable Story of a Medieval Audley Woman
5th October 2018 Steve Booth The Lost Treasure of Stone - the Mystery of the Unique Privy Seal
7th December 2018 Dr Chris Harrison A Baronial Household in The Age of Elizabeth
1st February 2019 Philip Leese
"Local People are History or Local Places in History ? Which Side are You On ?"
5th April 2019 Mervyn Edwards
The North Staffordshire Miner

7th June 2019 Peter Lead Early 18th CenturyAudley Entrepreneursand The Spread of The Newcomen Steam Engine
2nd August 2019 Tony Bostock Place Names and Field Names: A source for local history.

(Names of towns and villages, and those of fields, hold clues to interpreting the past. In this talk the meanings of local names will be discussed and how they can assist in the understanding the local history of an area)

4th October 2019 Andrew Hunt - (Silverdale Country Park Ranger) Abandoned Colliery to Wildlife Haven