Heritage trust’s lockdown lectures

HISTORIAN, poet and cider-maker James Crowden gives the first of a series of “lockdown lectures,” organised by the South West Heritage Trust. The lecture, by Zoom, on Wednesday 3rd February at 7.30pm, focuses on Literary Somerset.

The programme runs throughout February and March with speakers covering topics that also include landscape, the Romans in the South West and Regency Britain.

James Crowden has produced a literary roadmap of Somerset covering more than 300 writers. His lecture will span nearly 2,000 years from Roman times, through Anglo-Saxon Wessex, up to the present day.

On Thursday 18th February, journalist Martin Hesp will present an evening of entertaining and uplifting stories about Somerset’s diverse landscapes. He will recount anecdotes from 40 years of walking and writing in the West Country.

Professor Stephen Rippon, a landscape archaeologist at the University of Exeter, will discuss the South West in the Roman period, with a focus on the Blackdown and Quantock Hills. The lecture will be on Thursday 4th March.

On 18th March, historian and author Dr Ian Mortimer offers a chance to engage with the sights, sounds, smells and experiences of Regency Britain, drawing on his most recent book, The Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain (2020).

All lectures begin at 7.30 pm. For more information or to book, go to swheritage.org.uk/heritage-online

* Copies of James Crowden’s Literary Somerset can be bought from his website http://james-crowden.co.uk James’s next book, Cider Country  looking at cider history and cider philosophy is due to be published in August by Harper Collins.

Pictured: James Crowden at his Somerset home.