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 10 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.

Brief round-ups 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: free
Non-members: £7.50
Tea and cake or a glass of wine offered inclusively

From time to time Special Talks are being booked. The venue for these is the Memorial Hall. The first takes place on Friday 22 September 2023. Charges for these talks differ from the standard Talks charge. Keep an eye on this site for details.

Special Talks (per person):
Member: free (donation welcomed)
Non-members: £15.00

Latest Past Events

Lucy Browne: Heraldry

Balsam Centre BA9 9HB

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM EVENTBRITE  Doors open from 6.30pm 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’ will explore heraldic imagery on public display in locations such [...]

Ric Weeks: The Newt – The Roman Villa

Balsam Centre BA9 9HB

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM EVENTBRITE   Doors open from 6.30pm On the footings of a pre 5th century building, the reconstruction of a Roman villa has provided fascinating insight into many aspects of the Roman world in Britain. The concept was inspired by the discovery of ruins of a Roman-British villa that once stood on the estate; [...]


Memorial Hall BA9 9JF Memorial Hall, Wincanton

TICKETS AVIALABLE FROM EVENTRBRITE Flamenco is the quintessential art form of Andalusia, unique, passionate and emblematic. It exists thanks to a blending of different cultures and artistic styles in southern Spain over many centuries, ranging from Byzantine to Gypsy, and Berber to Jewish. At its heart lies the mysterious force known as ‘duende’, an experience [...]