The National Trust Bristol Centre Talks Programme for 2017/18

To Be Advised, For the timebeing, 2016/17 talks listed

All talks will be held at 2,15pm in the HALL at St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3UN

A charge of £3 is made to both members and visitors to help cover the costs associated with the talks programme. This charge includes the provision of tea and biscuits at the end of each talk

Saturday 29th October 2016

Around the World in Eighty Plays                                                       Brian Freeland

Brian started in the theatre in 1959, direct from National Service, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Scottish Opera, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop company. For the British Council he has toured extensively abroad with dance and drama companies. His talk is based upon the people, places and adventures he encountered during his eight tours of the Indian sub-continent and two circumnavigations of the globe. Copies of his book Around the World in Eighty Plays will be available for sale following his talk.

Saturday 19th November 2016

Caring for the Coast                                                                                              Tony Flux

In May 1965 the National Trust launched its Neptune Coastline Campaign to protect special areas of coastline under the threat of development. Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of people, the Trust has been able to protect 775 miles of coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland for people to enjoy and for nature to thrive in. Tony Flux is
the National Trust's Coastal Advisor (South West) and will talk about the challenges and opportunities of this vital and ongoing campaign.

Saturday 17th December 2016 

The Life and Music of Irving Berlin           Terry Merret-Smith

Irving Berlin 1888—1989) was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. His music forms a major part of the Great American Songbook. Terry, who over the years has built up an extensive collection of musical memorabilia, will outline Berlin's story and punctuate his account with examples of the great man's music. There will, no doubt, be an opportunity to join in with a rendition of the Berlin classic White Christmas!

Saturday 28th January 2017 

Heroines of Croome at War  Dr Bob Shaw

During the Second World War and the early Cold War years which followed, Defford airfield built partly in the 18th century
landscape grounds of Croome Park near Pershore, now a National Trust property, was one of the most secret places in the country. It was here that the latest airborne radar devices invented by allied scientists (mainly at TRE Malvern) were developed, tested and proven. By 1945, up to 3000 people were engaged at Defford — RAF and Royal Navy personnel and civilians — scientists, technicians and support staff. What is often forgotten is that numbered amongst these were 
around 700 women, each playing an essential part in this tight knit and very successful team. It is the story of these Heroines o Croome that will be told by Bob Shaw, Chairman of Defford Airfield Heritage Group.

Saturday 25th February 2017 

The Kingdom of the Ice Bear         Martin Saunders

Regarded by many as being one of the most experienced and well-travelled cameramen of the wildlife film genre, Martin Saunders has captured some of the most memorable sequences of the BBC's major natural history series, including David Attenborough's now famous meeting with a family of mountain gorillas for Life on Earth. He will speak to us of his filming of The Kingdom of the Ice Bear, which was perhaps the longest and most treacherous filming expedition of his career.

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