Our monthly meetings will resume as soon as possible.


January 14th 2021 10:30 a.m.

Cora Weaver: Florence Nightingale & the Malvern Water Cure

In 1983, Australian historian Frank Smith described Florence Nightingale as “a conscious malingerer, a power -hungry woman who manipulated those around her by pretending to be in pain and close to death”.

To what extent was he accurate? This talk examines Miss Nightingale's life before and after the Crimean War. It answers the questions whether she really was ill and, if so, what illness she had that could account for so many symptoms yet ninety years of life. It also explains why The Lady with the Lamp chose Malvern as her hospital. This is a real eye -opener.

Our speaker will also bring some unusual artefacts.


February 11th 2021 10:30 a.m.

Paul Picton: Old Court Nurseries & The Picton Garden

Paul will talk about the history of the Old Court Nursery and The Picton Garden – 115 years of plant growing in Colwall from Ernest Ballard’s New Asters to The Picton Garden.

March 11th 2021 10:30 a.m.

Jayne Harris: Elizabeth 1 - "Heart of a King"

Elizabeth I is one of England's greatest monarchs – perhaps the greatest. Her forces defeated the Spanish Armada and saved England from invasion, she reinstated Protestantism and forged an England that was a strong and independent nation. But her life was troubled and she almost didn't make it onto the throne at all. In this talk Historian Jayne Harris takes audiences on a journey through Elizabeth's life, dispelling some myths along the way.

April 8th 2021 10:30 a.m.

Beck Baker: Caring for the Malvern Hills and Commons

Discover more about the complexity of caring for the Malvern Hills and Commons with Beck Baker from the Malvern Hills Trust.  From ancient archaeology, to rare veteran trees; and from donkey rides to hang gliders; find out how the Trust balances the needs of wildlife and people in the landscape.

May 13th 2021 10:30 a.m.

David Clark: We can't let you broadcast that!

A light hearted and nostalgic look at the history of the BBC, the songs and music that they have banned and the inexplicable and bizarre reasons for banning them.  Our speaker will play 5 tracks to illustrate his talk – nothing offensive- just amusing and enjoyable.

June 10th 2021 10:30 a.m.

Jill Salmons: The Costumes and Cultures of Peru

The desert regions of Peru were once places of sophisticated cultures with complex architecture and superb ceramics, jewellery and textiles. Burials often involved the wrapping of the corpse in multiple layers of cloth, which, due to the dry climate, have survived up to the present day. Scholars have been astounded by the variety of techniques employed thousands of years ago, many of which are still maintained by the indigenous Quechua speaking peoples of Peru .This talk will discuss the large variety of costumes and hats produced by different communities, explaining the weaving techniques, colour significance, motifs and uses of many of the textiles for rites of passage and cultural displays.

July 8th 2021 10:30 a.m.

Annual General Meeting

Details to follow.

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