Welcome to the Bury St Edmunds Past & Present Society website.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk is an historic town, very concious of its heritage and has a tale worth telling. The Bury Past & Present Society, established in 1960, is one of those organisations whose aim is to help tell that story, principally through an annual lecture programme held during the winter months.
Copies of the Lecture Programme are sent to members in September each year along with application forms for renewed membership.
All meetings are held in The Hunter Club, 86 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds and begin at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend any lecture for a fee of £5.
Monday 6 October:
Scaffolds and Stage Devils: Medieval Drama in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond
Kate was born and grew up in Suffolk. In 2002 she was awarded an MA in Medieval Studies from the UEA, focussing on medieval drama and 16th c. theatre in Walsham-le-Willows in particular. Earlier this year she received a PhD from the UEA after studying the festive culture of pre-Reformation rural Suffolk. She now teaches for the Suffolk Record Office and the WEA.
Monday 3 November:
Post-excavation analysis from the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries at RAF Lakenheath
Jo Caruth is a Senior Project Officer with the Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service working on sites of all periods across the county. For the last 17 years she has been specialising in the excavation and post-excavation analysis of the archaeological sites at RAF Lakenheath, including the on-going work for the publication of the Early Anglo-Saxon cemeteries.
Monday 1 December:
History in small things: the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) in the Bury Region
Jane Carr is a retired archaeologist, museum professional and adult education tutor in archaeology. She enjoyed posts in the British Museum and Bedford Museum before coming to East Anglia to be curator of Thetford's Ancient House Museum. She has worked as a project officer with SCC Archaeological Service, most recently as a PAS Finds recorder.
Monday 5 January:
Bury and District's Great War in pictures
David has lived in Bury St Edmunds all his life, except for three years at Newcastle University, from 1966-69. He worked in Finance at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, becoming Director of Finance from 1993-2004. He runs the local history website www.stedmundsburychronicle.com and is a Trustee of the West Stow Saxon Village and Chairman of the Bury Group of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Monday 2 February:
The Sign Language of the Monks of Bury St Edmunds
David Sherlock was inspector of ancient monuments for the Department of the Environment in East Anglia before holding a similar post in the north of England for English Heritage and then retiring to Suffolk where he was brought up. While researching Bury St Edmunds Abbey he came across the 14th c. manuscript of the monks' sign language, the subject of his lecture.
Monday 2 March:
Annual General Meeting
Have you noticed?
Martyn is a member of the Bury St Edmunds Past & Present Society and serves on the Committee. He was born and raised in the town and has long had an interest in its history. He is a popular tour guide and speaker and his recently published book on 'Bury Through Time' features many images from the Spanton Jarman Collection.