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Feb
27
Wed
Historical Society : Four Generations at Fair Mile @ Dorchester Village Hall
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm

Ian Wheeler will talk about: Four Generations at Fair Mile (The Fair Mile Hospital, Cholsey)

The word asylum tends to send shivers up the spine: the mental care institutions set up by the Victorians have long been regarded as repressive places of confinement and untold horrors. In fact, while mental illness has never been a straightforward subject, the county asylums represented a good deal both for patients and the society that created them. In this extensively illustrated talk, Ian Wheeler blows away some of the cobwebs of misinformation and rumour; he examines why the asylums came to be and how they worked, as seen by nine members of his family who worked at Fair Mile Hospital, in Cholsey, over a period of more than 100 years.
Ian Wheeler’s first home was, in fact, Fair Mile Hospital. His family connections led to an extensive collection of photographs and anecdotes about the place, and eventually to his book Fair Mile Hospital: a Victorian Asylum (History Press, 2015). Now retired from a managerial career, Ian remains involved in village activities and local history projects. In his leisure time, he is a performing singer and musician, a Morris dancer and would be a railway modeller if there were ever enough time.

Looking forward, the talk on March 27th will be ‘Up the street: the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester’, by Margot Metcalfe and Denise Line

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

 

Mar
27
Wed
Historical Society : the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester

Margot Metcalfe, Denise Line and Gail Thomas ‘Up the Street: the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Apr
24
Wed
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area

Tony Hadland ‘Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30 p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

May
22
Wed
Historical Society
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Alex Davies ‘The Archaeological Dig at Great Western Park Didcot’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Sep
25
Wed
Historical Society
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Mark Davies ‘Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge boat races’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Oct
23
Wed
Historical Society
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Professor Malcolm Airs ‘William and Jessie Macfarlane and their Mission for Dorchester’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Nov
27
Wed
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas

Tim Healy ‘A 17th Century Christmas’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Dec
25
Wed
Historical Society
Dec 25 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Jan
22
Wed
Historical Society
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Feb
26
Wed
Historical Society
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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