History Group talks and other events at the William Layne Reading Room, Aughton Lane, Aston.

When do we meet?

The History Group meets in the William Layne Reading Room, Aughton Lane, Aston on the first and third Mondays of the month 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.  (When the first Monday is a bank holiday, the meeting moves to the following Monday.)

On the first Monday we have a general meeting of members and on the third Monday we usually have a speaker.

Visitors are welcome at the talks, with a charge of £3.00, including refreshments.

The History Group will take a break during August and meetings will begin again on Monday 2nd September 2019.    New members are always welcome.


History Group Talks in the William Layne Reading, Aughton Lane, Aston.
Visitors welcome at our talks:  £3 including refreshments.

Monday 20th January 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Stephen Gay:  “Through Kirton Tunnel.   A rail journey from Sheffield to Cleethorpes, Part 3.

Monday 17th February 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Illustrated talk by Roger England:   “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu” who lived in the 18th century and excelled in writing, travelling and promoting the only deterrent to smallpox in Europe before vaccination was discovered.

Monday 16th March 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Ian Morgan.   “The Roman Fossdyke Canal and the tales of murder, mystery and intrigue that have happened along its banks over the centuries”.

Monday 20th April 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk  by John Taylor.   “Britain’s Peculiar Legacy of Follies, Myths & Fancies.” A light-hearted look at the myths and oddities that surround us.

Monday 18th May 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Valerie Oxley.   “Firbeck Hall, the Glamorous Years”.  The Hall when it was a famous Country Club, the Hospital days during WW2, Sheffield Aero Club, the arrival of the RAF, the Miner’s Rehabilitation Centre and plans for the future.

Monday 15th June 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Graham Sykes.   “World War One Bombing Raid on Sheffield – the Forgotten Blitz”.  September 1916.

Saturday 1st August 2020.
Aston Carnival.  Parade begins 11 a.m. and arrives at the Lodge Lane Playing Fields at 12 noon.

Heritage Open Days: 11th, 12th September 2020
Friday 11th September, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 12th September, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday 21st September 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Simon Cork.   “Andrew Carnegie:  His Philanthropy and Libraries”.  Celebrated for building over 2600 Carnegie Libraries, one of the World’s greatest philanthropists.

Monday 19th October 2020, 7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Janet Ridler.   “Christmas in Victorian Sheffield..”   A seasonal look at how Christmas was celebrated in Victorian Sheffield, discovering the origins of customs and traditions.

Monday 16th November 2020, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Illustrated talk by Professor John Parker.   The Turner Museum of Glass and the history of glass making in South Yorkshire and what made Turner specialise in glass in a city built on steel.