Barnet National Trust Lecture Programme 2017/8

    All meetings are held at St Mary Magdalen Church Hall, Whetstone, N20 9AE at 7.45pm.                     Admission is just £2 for members and £2.50 for guests 


    November 21st    Clandon Park - The Restoration by Paul Cook, Programme Director Clandon Park.

    Part of the National Trust since 2012, Paul has oversight of the whole restoration project at Clandon, working with specialists to realise the aim of rebuilding the house.

    December 12th    AGM   followed by Divine Chocolate Workshop by Erik Houlihan-Jong

    Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 44% owned by cocoa farmers.
    While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.
    Erik is one of three Divine Chocolateers. 


    January 16th       The Spitfire by David Keen

    David, a former guide and lecturer at the Hendon RAF Museum, will talk about the  history of this iconic plane and the part it played in WWII

    February 20th    History of the Almshouses by Simon Smith

    Come and learn about the Jesus Hospital Charity established in 1679 (300 years before the formation of BNTA!) by James and Mary Ravenscroft. Many of the almshouses are in Barnet.

    March 20th            London Shopping: its history and stories behind the famous names  by Christine Jarvis, a London Blue Badge and City of London and Historic Royal Palaces Guide/Lecturer

    April 17th Samuel Pepys - Famous for his Diary on The Great Plague and The Great Fire of London by Dr Robin Gain

    May 15th Conscription, Commerce & Conscientious Objects by Maggie Douglas and Jon Mein.   The story of the boot, shoe, printing and straw boater industries in St Albans and how they were affected by the First World War.

    June 19th Charles Dickens, The Conjuror by Ian Keable.  Charles Dickens was not only one of the world's greatest writers, but also a talented magician and fascinated by spiritualism and ghosts. This is the story of Charles Dickens as a magician told through one of his playbills and will include some of Dickens magic tricks.

    July 17th A Nice Cup of Tea by Russell Bowes.  Come and learn about our national drink from the plant, also who invented the tea bag and why you should never add the milk first.

    August No Meeting

    September 18th Talk by Pam Wright followed by Cheese and Wine

    October 16th NT Talk  Fenton House & Willow Road by Megan Tanner, Operations Manager of Small London Properties

    November 20th My Love of Africa by Tom Way

    December 11th  AGM followed by Bygones, a presentation by Jeff Nicholls