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Langport & District History Society

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                                                     LANGPORT & DISTRICT HISTORY SOCIETY

The Langport & District History Society is dedicated to raising awareness of the history of Langport and the surrounding areas. We do this by organising a programme of talks, and arranging visits and other activities of interest to our members.
Our talks are held in Langport Library, Whatley, Langport. They start at 7.30pm, usually on the first Monday in the month, the exceptions being Bank Holidays, when we meet a week later, and July and August when we don't meet.
Refreshments are available at the end of each talk, which gives time to chat with the speaker informally over a cup of tea or coffee. Visitors are very welcome and are asked to pay £2.00 per meeting.
Annual membership of the Society is £12.00 per person. All members receive a copy of our annual collection of local history articles, Level Talk (one per household). If you would like to join the Society, please contact our Secretary, Sue Standen by phone – 01458 273471 or email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

TALKS PROGRAMME
All talks are held in Langport Library at 7.30pm, unless otherwise stated. Non-members are very welcome, admission £2.
Please note that there are no History Society meetings over the summer months.

1 February 2016
Rob Curtis. Sherborne

7 March 2016
Martin Hornby. Padres of the Great War

4 April 2016
Richard Neale. Langport's Saxon burgh

9 May 2016
Mary Miles. Brewing in Somerset

6 June 2016
Colin Spackman. Wellington and its Dukedom

5 September 2016
Janet Few. Ducking Stools, Dissenters, Debtors and Drunks: crime and punishment in the seventeenth century

3 October 2016
AGM. Neil Eddiford. History of the long bow

7 November 2016
Kay Townsend. The history of the dodgems

VISITS
We organise visits to places of interest in the region. In recent years we have been to Cothelstone Manor, Taunton, St Fagans Museum, Cardiff and Hartland Abbey, Devon. Last year we visited the British Legion Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey, and this year we are going to Sherborne on 17 May.

RESEARCH PROJECTS
In 2011, at the request of the Town Council, we composed the interpretation board for the Gwynne's Invincible Pump, which is on display in the Town Garden, and a leaflet, The pump that saved Langport. In 2013, again at the request of the Town Council, we composed the interpretation board about Walter Bagehot, to mark the garden's renaming as The Walter Bagehot Town Garden.

Our current projects are:
• Gloving in Langport
• Langport carnivals
• Battle of Langport Trail
Please contact us if you would like to help with any of these projects.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Digital image bank
Since 2010 we have been making digital copies of photographs of Langport and the surrounding area. In 2013 we published a book using some of them, Langport & Huish Episcopi through time. Copies are available from the Secretary, price £10.00.

Exhibitions
A community grant helped us to buy a set of display panels. We have mounted displays about Walter Bagehot, our photo book, and Langport carnivals.

For more information about the Langport & District History Society, please visit our website, called Langport Heritage. You can access it via this link: https://sites.google.com/site/langportheritage/home  Here you can find all the details about our talks programme, our events and activities and how to join. We are also adding information about the history of the area. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us.

OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY
Chair - Janet Seaton
Tel: 01458 259310 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Vice Chair - Pat Edwards
Tel: 01458 251273 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Secretary - Sue Standen
Tel: 01458 273471 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Treasurer – Fiona Thomas
Tel: 01458 272168 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Committee Members
Paul Deegan, Allan Edwards, Colin Edwards, Sheila Edwards, Anne Michell, Veronica Watts.

REPORTS OF OLDER TALKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE USING THE LINKS BELOW.

Report of presentation given by South Somerset Archaeological Research Group (Ssarg) to Langport History Society on 3rd September 2012

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The Story of Milestones

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Could Your Old Photograph be Published in our New Book?

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Clarks Shoes: The Heart and Sole of Street

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