Previous meetings, walks & visits

The planned meeting on April 16th 2020 was cancelled.

March 2020 Meeting

Many thanks to Nigel Linger for giving us another enthralling Portsmouth related talk. Nigel’s talk covered details of the Mary Rose from when she was first built and launched in 1511, through her various upgrades to her final loss at the Battle of the Solent in July 1545. Each refit added weight in the form of additional guns and crew. Nigel explained how the innovative idea of gun ports in conjunction with the increased weight led to her final demise when conducting a manoeuvre off Southsea Castle. There was some interesting discussion afterwards concerning how and why the manoeuvre took place but the truth is unrecorded and lost in the mists of time. So many interesting facts and speculation – great talk!

We are looking forward to this Thursday’s talk by Nigel Linger of the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historic Trust. Nigel gave an excellent talk about the history of the Royal Dockyard last year and returns to share his knowledge on the Mary Rose.

February 2020 Meeting

Caroline, in her excellent lecture last Thursday, shared the fruits of her extensive research into Queen Elizabeth’s 1591 royal tour of Hampshire. She engaged our imaginations by describing the size and scope of the party accompanying the queen and in her description of the level of hospitality required. She also surprised us by, considering prevailing religious environment, the number of Catholic families she stayed with. So having found out what a royal progress entailed for the local people, we will all be keeping a wary eye out for the harbingers, in case the current Queen Elizabeth decides to adopt her predecessors penchant to “progress”!  Thank you, Caroline.

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