Talks on Victorian Suffolk at Suffolk Record Office

The latest programme of events for Suffolk Record Office includes details for the following talks being given to mark the 110th Anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria:

This year marks the 110th Anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria, concluding the longest reign of any British monarch. The 64 years she ruled saw the flourishing of new social, political and economic ideas. Living through an age of great prosperity – provided by the wealth of the British Empire – reformers attempted to improve living standards and alleviate poverty. In this series of talks, Clive Paine explores the major reforms and ideas of Victoria’s reign.

The 110th Anniversary Lecture

The Death of Queen Victoria – £5.50

Saturday 29 January 10.00am Bury

In January 1901 the world’s longest reigning monarch died. A quarter of the earth’s surface and a third of its entire people comprised her Empire. In the latter part of her reign, she had become the matriarch of the world; her children and grandchildren were part of every Royal dynasty in Europe, and the United Kingdom was the world power. This talk examines how Victoria was seen by her contemporaries and the reaction to her illness, death and funeral in the empire, the nation and in Bury St Edmunds.

Dr Kirkman and Melton Asylum – £5.50

Saturday 29 January 2.00pm Ipswich

Between 1831-1876, Dr Kirkman was the pioneering Medical Officer, eventually retiring aged 81. He was among the first advocates of ‘Non-Restraint’ in the treatment of his patients. His policy of Christian care and creating a family atmosphere was at the cutting edge of new innovations in medical-care. For nearly half a century he was the only person in the county caring for poor inmates. The talk will also outline sources available for the study of the institution, the patients and the staff.

Queen Victoria’s Little Maharajah £5.50

Saturday 5 February 10.00am Bury

The Maharajah was brought to England in 1853, aged 15, following the British annexation of the Punjab. He became a favourite of Queen Victoria and her children. He purchased Elveden Estate in 1863 and rebuilt the Hall in Indian style in 1871. He ended his life in exile and disgrace in Paris and yet Queen Victoria remained a loyal friend, even sending a representative to his funeral in Elveden in 1893. This talk traces the relationship between the Queen and Maharajah using photographs, illustrations, letters and local and national archives.

What shall we do with our bastard, orphan, and delinquent children? – £5.50

Saturday 5 March 10.00am Bury
Saturday 5 March 2.00pm Ipswich

This talk outlines the Victorian attempts to counter the pressing social problems related to children, as defined by Mary Carpenter, a philanthropist and social reformer. Among the attempted solutions were Ragged, Sunday, Industrial and Workhouse Schools; Childrens’ Homes, specialist societies, including Dr Barnardos and the Anglican Waifs and Strays; emigration to the Colonies and Reformatories.

The Victorian Way of Death – £5.50

Saturday 9 April 10.00am Bury

The respectability and sentimentality of the Victorian era, manifested itself in the outward show of grief and elaborate range of ‘props’ for hire at funerals. This talk includes the Victorian attitudes to death; the role of undertakers, coffins and furniture, mourning clothing, jewellery and the etiquette of mourning, the church service and burial, early  cremations; monuments and inscriptions. Many examples of the latter are taken from Suffolk churches and churchyards.

Maps and mapmaking from Tudors to Victorians – £5.50

Saturday 5 February 2.00pm Ipswich

In this talk Clive Paine investigates the many ways in which historical maps can be used by both local and family historians.

Talking of Suffolk Towers and Turrets – £5.50

Saturday 12 February 2.00pm Ipswich

Enjoy and appreciate these very distinctive features of our churches with Roy Tricker.

Irish Family History—An Introduction – £5.50

Saturday 19 March 2.00pm Ipswich

Using readily available sources, material drawn from his own extensive research and documents held at the Suffolk Record Office, Anthony will set out basic guidelines for Irish Family History research and dispel the myth that all records were burnt.

Suffolk’s Folk Tales – £5.50

Saturday 26 March 10.00am Bury
Saturday 26 March 2.00pm Ipswich

The Folk Tales of Suffolk, although few in number, have parallels with other English and Continental examples. A different strand of Folk Tales is based on actual events such as the Green Children of Woolpit, the Wildman of Orford and Black Shuck, the Hound of Hell.

The Postmaster’s Plunder – £5.50

Saturday 9 April 10.30am Ipswich

William Stevenson Fitch helped himself to books and manuscripts from the borough archives and we still have many of them in Ipswich Record Office collections today. Explore his incomparable collections of  Suffolk, prints, drawings and ephemera and learn about the man whose priorities were parchments, pills and post.

To book a seat at any of these showings please phone:

01284 352360 Bury St Edmunds
01473 584560 Ipswich
01502 405357 Lowestoft

Via Programme of events at the Suffolk Record Office Spring 2011.


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