Monthly Meetings

The Society holds its monthly meetings on the last Thursday of every month except for August and December. Meetings are held at the Delapre Golf Centre, off Eagle Drive. They start at 7:30pm and are open to members of the public as well as Society Members.

Entrance is £7:50, for non-members, or free to members. If you attend the meeting as a non-member and wish to upgrade to membership at the end your evening’s entrance fee will be deducted from the cost of membership (£15 single, £25 family).

Meetings for 2020

30th January – The Beauforts

Nathan Amin
Nathen published his biography of The Beaufort family in 2017, breaking new ground in the way that John of Gaunt’s bastard line was looked at, weaving together the stories of his various descendants. A regular speaker at historical study days and events, this is his first visit to the Society.

27th February – The Preservation of the Eleanor Cross

Dr David Carrington
David is the founder and Managing Director of Skillington Workshop Limited, who recently finished the conservation work on the Eleanor Cross. He will share with us his insights into conserving Northampton’s nationally important monument. After all the delay and fuss, this is sure to be one of the year’s most popular meetings.

26th March – Stephen and Matilda’s Civil War

Matthew Lewis
Historical writer Matthew Lewis is back with his new book, covering the little understood period of the mid-12th century anarchy. The struggle between the two potential monarchs was a turning point for medieval England. Always an entertaining speaker this should be another enjoyable evening.

30th April – Scouts, Spies and downright Lies: Information and Command at Naseby

Phil Steele
Phil is a Trustee of the Naseby Project. In this talk he will look at the days before the battle of Naseby and what each army knew about its opponents. It was a skilful game that led in no small part to the King’s defeat.

26th May – Like Father and Son? Warwick “the Kingmaker” and Edward IV

David Santiuste
David makes the case for the often overlooked Edward IV. Often only thought of as Richard III’s older brother, Edward was the most successful war leader of the Wars of the Roses, and it is about time for a thorough re-assessment of his life and times.

25th June – Military Aspects of Welsh Poetry

Dr Jenny Day
The Welsh Poets of the 15th century were the hit of the Edgcote Conference in 2019. Jenny is the expert on weaponry in Welsh Medieval poetry and was unable to attend the conference and share her thoughts on the subject. We are therefore very excited that she is able to come and visit us this year tell us more about this fascinating historical resource.

30th July – Northamptonshire and the Gunpowder Plot

Mike Ingram
Our Chairman, Mike, takes us through why Northamptonshire was central to the planning of the Gunpowder Plot, from its diabolical planning through to its bloody denouement. Another part of our county’s rich heritage that is often appropriated by others.

24th September – The English Knight in Battle c1460: Arms, Armour and the Realities of Close Combat

Dr Toby Capwell
Easily winning the prize for the longest title of for a talk this year, Toby is the Curator of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London. He is one of the World’s leading experts on medieval and renaissance arms and armour has published numerous books and articles on many areas of the subject

29th October – An Evening with Philippa Langley

NB This meeting starts at 7:00pm an includes the Society AGM

Philippa, the driving force behind the uncovering of Richard III’s last resting place, will share with us her unique insights into the ground breaking work undertaken by the team who made the discovery.

26th November – The Monstrous Regiment

Graham Evans
From Mulan to Mother Ross long before the modern debate about whether women should serve in the front line, some joined up anyway disguised as men. The Wild Rat’s editor looks at some of their amazing stories, and unlike most other speakers doesn’t try to sell you a book. At least, not a book on this subject.