Because of COVID-19 we have been unable to put together a full programme because of the need to socially distance. All talks are currently being held on Zoom.
NEXT TALK Arranged by the Aldeburgh Library Foundation Wednesday 19 May 6:30-7.15pm (followed by Q&A) Cost £2.50 All proceeds to support Aldeburgh Library.
The Role of the Archivist (ALF 381 Behind the Steel Door) Most of what we know of history comes from the fact that events were documented. But who documents them, and why? How do those documents end up in an archive, and how can we trust them? And what does an archivist do all day?
Christopher Hilton, Head of Archive and Library at the Red House, Aldeburgh, will take a journey through spider-filled basements to answer some of these questions. The meeting is currently planned to be on Zoom only but may include a hybrid pilot with a small group in the Library observing distancing rules and with the majority on Zoom.
On 12th March Harry Young, COO of Snape Maltings and Chairman of the Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation (DMO), addressed members on zoom to explain what a DMO does and how the ‘Energy Coast’ could impact tourism. He also told us about his role at Britten Pears Arts and how things have changed in the last ten years, merging and managing through Covid and most importantly: What next for Snape Maltings and Britten Pears Arts.
On Friday 29 January. Tim Holder of the Suffolk Community Foundation talked about the work of the Foundation and how it helps the people of Suffolk.
In October we held our first talk for 20/21: The Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk Tim Passmore addressed us virtually on Zoom on Friday 30th October on “The Role of the PCC / Policing in Suffolk”. See a recording of the talk on the right.
Lecture series 2019/20 To download the programme click HERE.
ALL AT 6:30pm IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Friday 11th October 2019 “From the BBC to the C OF E.” Rev. Mark Lowther – Rector Alde Sandlings Benefice. After training at Trinity College of Music, Mark was 30 years at the BBC finally becoming Senior Music Producer at Radio 3 (when The Controller of Radio 3 was called Roger!). Mark’s church involvement took him from village organist to ordained priest in a rural parish and via two prominent London churches to Rector of the Alde Benefice. He will reflect on the place of institutions such as the BBC and the C of E. in 21st Century British life at a time of huge pressures on both. Having spent almost 40 years living with constant change he remains optimistic!
Friday 6th December 2019 “Don’t do drop shots darling, people will think you are mean!” Christine Truman Janes MBE -Former Tennis Champion. Christine needs no introduction to Aldeburgh residents, but not many will know the story of her early success, winning the French Championship in 1959 as a teenager and becoming a finalist at both the Wimbledon and US Championships. Sixty years later Christine will tell us how a professional tennis player’s career today differs from her own and how we can encourage players of the future.
Friday 31 January 2020 “A night with Aldeburgh Museum” The Aldeburgh Museum Team. Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage fund and other sponsors the Moot Hall and the museum within have been completely refurbished with new exciting displays and digital content. The Museum team will be talking to us about some of the little-known artefacts and tales of our Town which have led to it being such an interesting place to live. The Museum reopens in October 2019.
Friday 13th March 2020 “How’s life in YOUR coastal town?” Representatives from St Ives Town Council.
Like Aldeburgh Town Council, St Ives, a coastal town in Cornwall, has elected councillors who serve in a voluntary capacity. St Ives is renowned, again like Aldeburgh, for being home to great painters, sculptors and ceramists- but it is also known for its ground-breaking approach to recycling and second homes. Lessons for Aldeburgh will be learnt when the councillors come to tell us the secret of their successes in these climate changing times.
PARTY- Friday 29th May 2020 6:00-8:00pm The Annual Aldeburgh Society Party will be held on 29th May. Location is a secret for now but will be divulged soon! Expect good wine and nibbles all for £14, details on the website in due course.