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March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  Free event unticketed. All welcome. CLICK HERE to reserve tickets.

The VIC56 is an 85 foot steamship, constructed in 1945 as part of the wartime shipbuilding programme, and now preserved in working order by a small group of volunteers. Vic 56 is technically a steam coasting lighter or a "puffer". She is one of the 98 Victualling Inshore Craft built to the orders of the Ministry of War Transport between 1941 and 1945, which were a part of the enormous Government wartime ship-building programme.

VIC 56 was one of two built by Pollocks of Faversham. Henry Clearly, the owner of VIC56, will be coming to speak about the boat at a members and guests evening. With efforts to create a Heritage Harbour here in Faversham now is a good time to consider whether VIC56 should come home to Faversham.

Further information about VIC56 is available on her website http://www.vic56.co.uk

Venue: Fleur Hall accessed through the small car park in Gatefield Lane

There is a Family History Drop-in Session at the Fleur on Saturday 19th May from 10:00 until  12:00. John Breeze has completed brief biographies on 2,500 gunpowder workers, and he will be there to answer your queries about how to trace your ancestors.
Come along and check whether has material on your ancestors. An unticketed event just drop-in.

On 4th June in the Fleur Hall at 19:30 David Wright will be talking about Tracing your Kent Ancestors, ticketed talk.  Dr David Wright will be talking about how to trace Kentish ancestors, outlining the principal records as well as some of the county's many other rich but sometimes overlooked genealogical sources.

http://www.drdavidwright.co.uk/

Tickets from the Fleur, in Preston Steet,  or on the door.

 

 

 

Don't miss the Faversham Society's Annual Heritage Fair, organised with the Alexander Centre.

 

Faversham Society History Fair
at the Alexander Centre, Preston Street, ME13 8NZ
Saturday 3rd February 10:00-16:00
For anyone with an interest in history 

Entrance Free

Stalls and Talks 

Stalls

Invicta Seekers Metal Detecting Club
Faversham Society
Faversham Society Archives & Library
Family History
Faversham Society Archaeology Research Group
History Walks
Faversham Society History Research Group
Maison Dieu Museum
Prisoners of War 1914-1918
Rose St Cottage of curiosities
Swale Search and Recovery Club
Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway
Faversham Town Council
A history of Lorenden School + Painters Forstal
Blue Town Remembered
University of Kent

Talks

10:15 Dave Lamberton
From Cromwell to Pirates of the Caribbean - what was black powder used for?
From English Civil War to modern-day stage and screen
10:40 Sue Lamberton
“House or Hairnet – what would cost you more?

A whistle-stop tour of early to late Medieval textiles, tools and techniques

11:00 Marika Sherwood

Africans in East Kent – and in Faversham – since c.700AD.

Marika Sherwood has many articles and books published on aspects of this history. Her latest article available on the web is ‘Murder in Notting Hill’, Runnymede Trust, www.ourmigrationstory.org.uk . Her latest book, with three co-authors, is OCR GCSE History  Explaining the Modern World: Migration, Empire and the Historic Environment, Hodder Education, 2016.

11:20 Duncan Harrington

“Depositions from church court records.” 

11:40 Wendy Tait Mayfield
Researching your family history through workhouse .records:  learn how you can use the extensive records kept by Poor Law administrators to understand the lives of 18th, 19th and 20th-century pauper ancestors.
12:00 Dr Will Butler,  University of Kent

Oral history and Kent Communities: Sheerness Dockyard Church and Betteshanger

Recent work with schoolchildren has involved them in unearthing stories and memories of Kent communities and their experiences. This talk will share some of the outcomes and possibilities of pursuing oral history, and Will is happy to talk to local organisations and schools about rolling out the model he is developing in Faversham.

12:20 Mary Thomsett
Minster Gatehouse Museum on the Isle of Sheppey: Containing local archaeology, artefacts, artwork, fossils and memorabilia the museum is housed in the Grade 1 listed 1000-year-old Gatehouse next to Minster Abbey, which is on the site of a monastery founded by Queen Sexburgha in 664AD
12:40 Richard E. Emmett
A canter through the history of Sittingbourne...highlighting the notable aspects and visitors to the town together with the industries that put it on the map.
Richard is a retired police officer and emergency planner.  He has also retired from the Territorial Army after 23 years service, serving both in the Royal Logistic Corps as a movement control officer and as an Army Cadet Force officer". He is interested in both local and military history and archaeology".
13:00 Dr Louise Bacon
Ten Burghmote or Moot horns still exist, mainly in the towns of the Cinque Ports, the earliest dating from possibly the 13th century. Analysis of the metal has shown them to be either bronze or brass, with a third category of a ternary alloy of copper, tin and zinc. They exhibit a variety of repairs, some botched, some refined, some tantalisingly strange, some to enable playing. All of them are still blown today and one has even had a piece of music written for it.
13:20 Michael Frohnsdorff     

Mysteries of Early Faversham - further research required.

13:40 Dr Sarah Dustagheer
Shakespeare’s Playhouse: How to do Theatre History
14:00 Prof. Catherine Richardson & Rory Loughnane University of Kent
Arden and his World
14:20 Dr Joanna Labon

"More and More Marlowe”: Why the “bad boy” of Elizabethan playwriting could be Canterbury’s new hope for a heritage renaissance. A short talk with pictures.

14:40 Sheila Sweetinburgh,  University of Kent
Seeing and being seen: medieval religion and the painted
pillar
Faversham's painted pillar offers an excellent way to investigate medieval devotional practices among the laity. The act of seeing was an integral aspect of affective piety and this talk will explore how the pillar may have been central to the devotions of some in Faversham in the Middle Ages.
15:00 Angela Websdale, University of Kent

Robert Dod, Devotion and Donation: the Painted Scheme within the Becket Chapel at St Mary’s Church, Faversham, and the Influence from Westminster.

The exciting programme of Gothic paintings within the Becket Chapel demonstrate that medieval devotional schemes could invoke political meaning as well as spiritual. This paper will look at the meaning of this painted scheme to the donor, Robert Dod, and discuss the influence of the Painted Chamber at Westminster upon Dod's devotional choices.'

15:20 Dr Ben Marsh, University of Kent
Why local history matters
15:40 Harold Goodwin & Pat Reid

Plans for the Faversham Society History Group

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