2015 Meeeting Reviews-ABBPAST

ABBPAST

THE 2023/22 MEETING REVIEWS

  
2023 MEETINGS

February: A History of the Canals in the South West

Speaker: Peter Luxton
Subject Summary: The history of the south west's canals that were built and those that were not
AbbPast member treated us to a fasinating talk tell the story of canals big and small as well as those begun and nver finished and those planned and never built. Newton Abbot had two short canals, The Sover Canal and The Hackney Canal, both constructed to move local quarried ball clay to teignmouth for shipment around the cost and on to Stoke-on-Trent.
March: The Work Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Speaker: Mark Bailey
Subject Summary: The creation and ongoing work of the CWGC
Local historian and WW1 expert Mark has become a volunteer for the CWGC and came to desribe the creation of the organisation in 1917 by Sir Fabian Ware to commemorate and remember the deaths of all the service personel from the Empire.The Imperial War Graves Commission as it was until 1960, set to out to find the graves, create war cemeteries and properly label them with headstones anywhere in the world. That job has continued ever since, where ever the graves are.
 
April: Defence of the Realm
Speaker: John Risdon
Subject Summary: The coastline of South Devon
Local historian John returned once with a brilliant talk that followed the coastline from Dawlish Warren to Plymouth looking at its structure and history. The photographs he had taken, many from the air,  were spectacular and his description of the geology and the place of the coastline in history were most interesting.
 
April: Defence of the Realm
Speaker: John Risdon
Subject Summary: The coastline of South Devon
Local historian John returned once with a brilliant talk that followed the coastline from Dawlish Warren to Plymouth looking at its structure and history. The photographs he had taken, many from the air,  were spectacular and his description of the geology and the place of the coastline in history were most interesting.
 
May: Hogarth's Pictures of Industry & Idleness
Speaker: Nick Nicholson
Subject Summary: Hogarth's portraits of 18th century life
Abbpast member Nicholson gave us a fascinating look at the lesser known Hogarth engravings that looked at the moral issues of what idleness and indusrty brought to two men in 18th century London.
June: A History Tour of Torquay
Speaker: Phil Badcott
Subject Summary: Torquay history using 19th century magic lantern slides
Using the 19th century magic lantern slides found at, and digitised by Torquay Museum, Phil took us on a tour of Torquay using the 'then & now' technique to bring Torquay back then to life.
July: Viking Age Gold and Silver
Speaker: Derek Gore
Subject Summary: Viking hoards in Devon
The study of Viking hoards that have been found in Devon have opened up a whole new view of the Vikings as settlers in the South West. The reason for the hoards is a contentious issue with some appearing to be offerings in wet places and others being hidden and then never recovered .
 
September: The Roman Army
Speaker: John Smith
Subject Summary: What a real Roman soldier would have looked like and behaved
John gave us a brilliant talk what a Roman soldier would have looked like by dressing as a soldier in authentic and fantastically well researched costum, debunking many of the myths created in Holywood films.  

October: The Saxon Mint in Devon
Speaker: John Allan
Subject Summary: The story of money in Anglo Saxon Devon
A fascinating talk on how the economy of 7th to 11th century Devon moved to an economy based on money rather than barter, using examples of coins found all over Europe.
November: Wild Days & Medieval Knights
Speaker: Andrew Cooper
Subject Summary: The creation of the Haccombe Valley over millions of years
Beginning the days millions of years before the dinosaurs roamed the Devoin landscape Andrew described the geoolgy, history, wildlfe and fauna of the Haccombe Valley and how he is having an impact on it today. 

 
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