Bridgwater History Day is back! After a year off due to Covid (where it continued online) we’ll be back at the Bridgwater Arts Centre with a selection of stories from our towns fascinating history. The date will be Saturday 20th November and the event will run from 1030 to 4pm. As usual it’s totally free and includes some historic free meal mid day as well. Bridgwater History Day is sponsored by Bridgwater Town Council and Bridgwater College. This year the range of local speakers will cover topics ranging from King Arthur, through Bridgwater’s parks and gardens to Christabella Wyndham plus some modern political history. As usual local photographic archivist Paul Bovett has dug out a fascinating selection of his popular ‘photos of old Bridgwater’. Covid secure measures will be taken inside the building but for those who might feel unsafe we are also live streaming the event here.
For links to last years History day click on the links below
Paul Bovettes photos here.
Brian Smedley’s ‘Bridgwater Stop Line’ here
Dave Chapple’s ‘shirt and collar strike’ here
Miles Kerr Petersons ‘Bridgwater’s bridges’ here
Val Bannisters Emelias story here
Programme for History Day 2021
We are live streaming the event here.
|1000||Doors open||coffees available|
|1030||Mayor of Bridgwater Cllr Leigh Redman||Welcome|
|1035||Brian Smedley||Your compere for the day|
|1040||Chris Sidaway||King Arthur-The Man Behind the Myth and Legend’|
|1120||Miles Kerr-Peterson||‘Fire, Cheese and Corsets: A Crosspath in the Wembdon Road Cemetery’|
|1150-1210||Kathy Pearce||The Parks and Gardens of Bridgwater…..|
|1210||Val Bannister||Christabella Wyndham|
|1230-1330||free lunch||Provided by Purplespoon|
|1330||Paul Bovett||More photos of Old Bridgwater|
|1400||Brian Smedley||‘Bridgwater’s International Links’|
|1430||Dave Chapple||Bridgwater 1983 to 2004: a Working-class, Left-wing Rebellious Town?”|
|1500-1530||Tony Woolrich||The Bridgwater 19th Century Poor Law,|
|1530||Brian Smedley||summary and farewell|