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Langport & District History Society

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 LANGPORT & DISTRICT HISTORY SOCIETY

Registered Charity No. 1179718

Our aim is to advance education for the public benefit into the history of Langport and the surrounding areas. Anyone who supports this aim is welcome to become a member.

Annual membership of the Society is £15.00 per person. If you would like to join, please contact our Secretary, Sue Standen on 01458 273471 or suzannestanden471@btinternet.com .

TALKS PROGRAMME
Our talks are held in Langport Library, Whatley, Langport. They start at 7.30pm, usually on the first Monday in the month, the exceptions being Bank Holidays, when we meet a week later, and July and August when we don't meet. Visitors are very welcome and are asked to pay £4.00 per meeting. Reports of earlier talks are available on our website (details below).
1 October 2018
Joseph Lewis. Langport in the 1980s; followed by the Society’s AGM
5 November 2018
Ross Aitken. Flax in South Somerset

7 January 2019
Peter Stanier. Ham Hill: England’s most seductive stone

4 February 2019
Peter Ladner. The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust

4 March 2019
Philip Unwin. The incredible journey (SS Great Britain)

1 April 2019
Jeremy Michell. The Franklin 1845 NW Passage expedition

13 May 2019
Rob Curtis. Thomas Hardy: a literary life

3 June 2019
Liz Grant. Tales from the Quarter Sessions

2 September 2019
John Smith. Roman life

7 October 2019
Janet Seaton. Town criers, followed by the Society’s AGM

SOCIAL EVENTS
3 December 2018 Social event in the Black Swan, North Street, Langport.

VISITS
We organise visits to places of interest in the region. In recent years we have been to John Boyd Textiles in Castle Cary and Dawes Twine Works in West Coker.

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Our current projects focus on Langport carnivals, the Battle of Langport trail, and Langport cemetery records. Please contact us if you would like to help with any of these projects.

PUBLICATIONS
Langport & Huish Episcopi through time. Amberley Publishing, 2013. Copies available from the Secretary, price £12.00
Hand in glove: Langport’s gloving history. Pict’s Hill Publishing, 2017. Copies available from the Secretary, price £5.00
Level Talk. All members receive a copy of our annual collection of local history items, Level Talk (one per household). Contributions are very welcome.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
We have a collection of digital copies of photographs of Langport and the surrounding area. If you have any old photos that you are willing to let us borrow, please get in touch. A selection is on display at the Black Swan pub in North Street.

We have mounted exhibitions about Walter Bagehot, Langport carnivals, the river, and local men who died in the First World War. If you would like to help put on a display please let us know.

We are happy to answer enquiries about local and family history. Please contact us at langporthistory@fastmail.com.

OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY
Chair - Janet Seaton
Tel: 01458 259310 Email: janetseaton@fastmail.fm
Vice Chair – Anne Michell
Tel: 01458 250863 Email: anne.michell@btinternet.com
Secretary - Sue Standen
Tel: 01458 273471 Email: suzannestanden471@btinternet.com

For more information about the Langport & District History Society, please visit our website, https://sites.google.com/site/langportheritage/home Here you can find all the details about our talks programme, our events and activities and how to join. We are also adding information about the history of the area. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us.

The Monmouth Rebellion 1685 - Langport & District History Society Event Report Sept 2018

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Event (A glimpse of stocking) Report - May 2018

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Event (The restoration of the Aller bells) Report - June 2018

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Popular music in Edwardian Somerset - Event Report April 2018

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