Our popular WHS Talks are held at the Balsam Centre, Balsam Park BA9 9HB (accessed from Memorial Hall Car Park), usually on the last Wednesday evening of the month.

Doors open 6.30pm with the talk starting at 7pm. Our 9 talks throughout the year range widely, covering local and national topics such as the Roman Villa at the Newt, life of a local vet in 20th century, restoration of Earl of Shaftesbury’s house, the Nuremburg Trials.

A brief round-up of previous talks are available if you click the “Previous Talks” button further down this page.

The programme is being constantly developed so do revisit this site, check out our Instagram or Facebook and look out for our eye-catching posters in various locations around the town advising forthcoming subjects.

Entry Charges (per person):
Members and under 18s: free
Non-members: £10.00

From time to time Special Talks are being booked. The venue for these is the Memorial Hall. Last year we heard from John Blashford-Snell, and enjoyed a live performance of Flamenco dancing. Charges for these talks differ from the standard Talks charge. Keep an eye on this site for details.

Special Talks (per person):
Members: free (donation welcomed)
Non-members: See listing for prices

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A qualified genealogist Lucy Browne specialises in West Country ancestry; she researches house occupation and provides assessments for historic building surveys.

Her talk, ‘How Local is your Local History? Tales of the Unexpected from Coats of Arms’ explored heraldic imagery on public display in locations such as pubs and churches and how it might not always be as local as we assume.

We were left with a realisation of the level of communication contained within heraldic symbols, deriving from an age where few could read or write and visual information needed to be instantaneously recognisable, particularly in tense situations.  The individuality of these cyphers, controlled by the College of Arms, continues to this day.

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