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Daniel Malden - an Ipswich Villain

Pip Wright
Birkbeck Room

Thu, 16 Jan 20
14.00 - 15.00

Tickets £4
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Daniel Malden was born in 1712 in Ipswich. By the time he was in his early twenties, along with his friend Dick Turpin, he was one of the most wanted men in Britain. He gained particular notoriety as he escaped twice from the dreaded Newgate Prison. We will visit the areas around Ipswich as well as Newmarket, Bury & Bungay, where he was known to ride as a jockey, and travel with Daniel aboard sailing ships of the time.

Burns Night Supper

Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 22 Jan 20

Tickets £19.50. Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Enjoy a two course meal of traditional haggis (veggie option available), neeps and tatties, piping in and addressing the haggis, plus dessert and a ‘wee dram’ for the toast. Traditional music and verse to round off the evening.

A very popular evening so book early to avoid disappointment

Confessions of an Occasional Auctioneer

Stephen Poulter
Birkbeck Room

Tue, 18 Feb 20
14.00 - 15.00

Tickets £4
Members may bring non-member guests to this event

As an auctioneer and online dealer in antiques, vintage items and collectables Stephen talks about the fascinating history of auctioneering stretching back thousands of years.

Using examples from the wide variety of furniture, pictures, ceramics and collectables he sells, Stephen introduces a fun quiz element in the second half of the presentation with the audience members being invited to identify unusual objects and to guess the value of other items.

Quiz Night

Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 26 Feb 20

Tickets £5.50.
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

Make up a team of 4 or come on your own and join others on the night.
Book early to secure your place.
Wine and nibbles included.

Witchfinder General

Mark Mitchels
Chapters Restaurant

Wed, 11 Mar 20
19.00 - 20.30

Tickets £5.
Members may bring non-member guests to this event.

An East Anglian horror story that really happened. In just two years, over 100 people lost their lives, all of them innocent - and the lives of hundreds more were destroyed. The story of Matthew Hopkins is sad and distressing but it deserves to be told.

Fulham Palace

Coach Visit

Tue, 24 Mar 20
depart 8.30

Tickets £30

The home of the Bishops of London for over 1,300 years from when Bishop Waldhere acquired the Manor of Fulham in AD 704. A guided tour will bring to life the rich history of the Palace, its architecture, and the Bishops who resided there.

Free time to enjoy the 13 acre Botanical Gardens and Museum

For All

The Life and Songs of Victor Jara

Dr Stephen Palmer & Alan Jones

Birkbeck Room, 15 Tavern Street

Sat, 29 Feb 20
10.00am - 12.30pm

Ticket (incl. coffee/tea) Member £8.00
Non-member £10.00

Victor Jara (1932-1973) was a central figure in the political and cultural movement which sought to transform Chilean society in the 1960s and early '70s. Originally trained in dance and theatre - Jara became increasingly active in the 'Nueva Cancion' ('New Song') movement which arose as a reaction to the perceived dominance of US (and British) popular music in Chile in the 1960s. This had its roots in the folk traditions and instruments of Chile and of the Andean region more generally; and became more explicitly identified with the political protest movement that eventually saw Salvador Allende's Popular Unity coalition of forces take power in 1970.

By this time, Victor Jara was dedicating almost all of his creative energies to the cause of the people and, indeed, in the shape of 'Venceremos' ('We will win') provided the theme song for the revolutionary struggle. With Pinochet's coup on 11th September 1973, however, Jara was quickly identified, along with many other intellectuals, artists and political figures, as a threat to the new order and was murdered soon after in the Estadio Chile. This one-off session will look at Jara's life and songs in relation to the political and cultural events that often directly inspired them. The session will also feature performances, with piano accompaniment, of a selection of the songs.