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October 2018

Vesta Tilley by Ray Sturdy

26 October @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road
Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AY United Kingdom
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£2.00

Ray Sturdy returns to entertain us once again, this time with the life story of Vesta Tilley who rose up from nothing to become the highest paid music hall and theatre entertainer of her age. She was a Worcester girl and was best known for her male impersonations, especially military men, during the Great War. She remains an inspiration for what can be achieved with a determination to succeed in life.

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November 2018

Malvern’s Field of Remembrance

8 November @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Malvern Public Library, Graham Road
Great Malvern, WR14 2HU
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Malvern Town Council has organised a public act of remembrance 3 days before Armistice Sunday where wooden crosses will be planted in the grounds of Malvern Public Library to commemorate 450 Malvern men (and women) who lost their lives in the Great War. Many of the crosses will be placed by descendants of these men and the rest will be planted by 150 school children who have volunteered to take part.

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Festival of Remembrance

10 November @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Malvern Priory

Malvern Priory is hosting a Festival of Remembrance organised by Malvern Town Council.  It is open to all and there will be tributes paid to some of the local men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War.  The names of all those with Malvern connections who lost their lives will also be read out. There will be songs, poems and reflections too.

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Remembrance Day Service

11 November @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Malvern Public Library, Graham Road
Great Malvern, WR14 2HU
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The 100th anniversary of the end of the the Great War will be commemorated across the district.  A Civic Remembrance Service will start with a parade from Malvern Library to Malvern Priory where a short service will take place.  The representatives of the armed forces will then parade back to the library where the two minute silence will be observed followed by the laying of wreaths.

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The Priory Gatehouse and Tudor Malvern by Paul Backhouse

30 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road
Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AY United Kingdom
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Paul will give an illustrated talk to include an update on the recent conservation work on the Priory Gatehouse, focusing on its Tudor fabric. The rest of the talk will offer a fresh look at the division and descent of the local estates of Great Malvern Priory after their surrender to Henry VIII in 1539, featuring queens, royal servants and Catholic conspirators

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January 2019

The Lunar Society by Dr Sally Dickinson

25 January 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road
Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AY United Kingdom
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This talk will throw light on a remarkable group of friends including Erasmus Darwin, Matthew Boulton, James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood and Joseph Priestley who began meeting monthly on the Sunday nearest a full moon.  They shared the same passion for exploring means of advancing medicine, engineering and manufacturing.  They are regarded as the Fathers of the Industrial Revolution and their Society was based in Birmingham from about 1765 to the end of the century .  

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February 2019

Friends of Malvern Museum AGM

22 February 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road
Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AY United Kingdom
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The AGM is a gentle and reflective meeting and all members are encouraged to attend.  Brief reports will be read giving updates on all that the museum achieved in the last year.  Members will also be asked to vote on some minor changes to the Friends' constitution and so a  good turn out will be much appreciated. After refreshments members can indulge in some lighthearted entertainment!  

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March 2019

Oliver Cromwell, the Man and the Myth by Max Keen

29 March 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road
Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AY United Kingdom
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A lively evening is promised as Max Keen presents his views on Oliver Cromwell's achievements in period costume, that of a Roundhead general.  Was Oliver Cromwell one of England's greatest men or did his success get the better of him?  Come and find out!

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April 2019

Folklore surrounding the Morris Men (and a performance) by Richard Hannah

26 April 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Christchurch Hall, Avenue Road
Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AY United Kingdom
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For those who love to tap their toes to lively music and enjoy a colourful and engaging romp through the history of the Morris Men, this talk is not to be missed.  Richard Hannah belongs to the Kempsey Morris Men group and can often be seen at the Upton festivals.

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All Winter Lectures are held at Christchurch Hall in Avenue Road, Great Malvern, unless otherwise stated.

Lectures begin at 7.30 and admission is free to Friends of Malvern Museum or £2 for visitors.

Refreshments are served at the end of the evening for a small charge.