Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Hinton Hall in Tisbury.
Visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.


Tuesday 12 March

Escape or Die

Introduces the fascinating yet sadly overlooked story of King Charles II's six week escape to France following the Battle of Worcester in 1651. It tells how, against all odds, 'Charles Stuart', the most wanted man in England, dodged the Parliamentary Army looking for him and made it to freedom.

Paul Cordle

After 20 years in the Army, Paul went into business. He has had a close connection with Salisbury and South West Wiltshire for 50 years and has lived in the Nadder Valley for 13 years. His family has a personal connection to the heroine of the story he tells.

Tuesday 9 April

Wisteria history

How it came to the UK. Wisteria is now a household name, the most widespread plants in cultivation originated in China but few realize that the first wild species came from North America in 1724 and is very rare in cultivation. Second came the one everyone knows which arrived from China in 1816 and finally the Japanese species in 1830.

James Compton

Botanist, plant collector, writer, consultant for Gardens Illustrated magazine and gardener traces the story of these remarkable plants from around the globe to our own gardens

Tuesday 14 May

Uncovering the Stone Age

Bringing the Stone Age to life is a lively and thought provoking introduction to this remote period. A collection of replica objects are available to handle as part of the talk. Katy is a trained archaeologist who has worked at a variety of museums on the south coast

Katy England

A trained archaeologist who has worked at a variety of museums on the south coast. She is a project officer with Salisbury Museum.

Tuesday 11 June

Lady Butler, war artist

Elizabeth Thompson was born in 1846 and was brought up in Italy and England. She attended the Female School of Art at South Kensington. In 1874 this genteel Victorian lady sent a painting of the Crimean War to the Royal Academy where it was an outstanding success and was acquired by the Queen. From then on she almost exclusively painted battle scenes, from Waterloo to Afghanistan and World War I.

Felicity Herring

She has a BA in Economics and History and as a mature student went back to university to do an MA in Fine Art Valuation at Southampton. She is a NADFAS lecturer, now renamed The Arts Society, and has spoken to various societies around Britain and in Spain. She has also lectured on cruise ships and gives talks to local groups and charities, such as Probus, Yacht Clubs and the National Trust.

Tuesday 10 September

The Grotto Makers - Joseph and Josiah Lane of Tisbury

Tina Richard

Chairman of the Tisbury History Society with a great interest in and knowledge of local history and she is the author of this book.

Tuesday 9 October

Tisbury's Lost Stone Circle and its National Significance

Winn Scutt

An award-winning broadcaster and archaeologist, Win has a lifelong passion for archaeology and enthusing people about the past and their landscapes. He looks after the conservation of 135 properties from Scilly to Cheshire - including Stonehenge, Kenilworth Castle and Tintagel Castle. He has also worked as an archaeologist with the BBC for 27 years..

Tuesday12 November

Windsor Castle: The Fire 1992 and restoration at Windsor Castle

1992 was described by The Queen as her "Annus Horribilis." This illustrated talk tells the story of one part of that year, the devastating fire at Windsor Castle.

Sean Moran

A Blue Badge Guide working at many of the Nations' historical sites and Cathedrals. He is also privileged to be one of the Accredited Guides at Windsor Castle and St Georges Chapel Windsor. A banker by trade with a passion for architecture and history especially when it is connected to Monarchy.

Tuesday 14 January

Forensic Archaeology

This talk will provide attendees with an introduction to the field of forensic bioarchaeology with illustrative examples drawn from the disciplines of forensic science and archaeology.

Laura Dalton

Currently Lecturer in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. She is a forensic bioarchaeologist who specialises in the adaptation and application of archaeological and osteological techniques to forensic and humanitarian investigations; in particular the location, recovery and identification of human remains.

Tuesday 11 February

AGM at 7pm

Although there are several books about the system of education in Tisbury, these are mostly biographical accounts by teachers. To avoid repeating all of these, the Society's project about education in Tisbury captures the oral histories of those who went to school in and around Tisbury. Tim Battle will report progress on this project amid tales of schooldays from the (recent) past.

Tim Battle

Worked as a general manager in the NHS and as a training and development officer in the Church of England before retiring to Tisbury in 2008 He has served as treasurer of the History Society since 2012.


  •    To promote interest in history, especially the history of Tisbury and its neighbourhood
  •    To carry out research
  •    To promote interest in archaeology and all associated studies
  •    To establish a local museum and archives to be available to all
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