With regret we have taken the decision to postpone our up and coming talks and events programme for March, April and May 2020, due to the coronavirus. We plan to reschedule our talks programme for later this year, so if you already have a ticket it will remain valid.

Our new programme of events and activities including talks, tours and Lydiard heritage trails are open to the general public and we intend to bring these to you later in the year as circumstances allow. In 2020 our talk series is closely linked to the St. Mary’s Church Conservation Project, exploring the fascinating and diverse human stories behind the building and its treasures. We are also creating new special events for members, to add to our regular seasonal meetings and look forward to sharing these with you.

Members Summer Trip

24th July 2020

Members have the opportunity to visit Strawberry Hill House and its lovely gardens

Lucy Hutchinson, 1620-81: The English Revolution and Women’s Writing

June 22nd – 24th 2020 Event Postponed

An international symposium at Nottingham Castle. Keynote speakers include Friends of Lydiard Park ambassador Elizabeth St. John talking about how Lucy Hutchinson’s royalist family, the St. Johns, impacted her puritan reality.

An Introduction to Heraldry

17th June 2020 Event Postponed

Stephen Slater, author and fellow of the Heraldry Society of England, reveals a hidden language of fabulous beasts, symbolic animals and corrugated boiler flues!

Redeeming Death - Mortality, Portraiture and the Quest for Salvation

20th May 2020 Event Postponed

Talk by Jessica Rosenthal Mcgrath, exploring commemorative portraits in parish churches in the late 16th and early 17th century.

Annual Members Meeting

16th May 2020

Annual Meeting deferred to 2021 - please visit your Members Log-in page for more information.

San Diego Book Fair Historical Fiction Panelist

4th April 2020 Event Postponed

Written in their Stars

‘Angels, Buckets and Bells’

14th January - 4th April 2020

This exhibition has now closed.
A creative exhibition celebrating St. Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze

Margaret Beauchamp baroness and 15th century matriarch

30th March 2020 Event Postponed

Talk by St. John family historian, Sonia St. John

Rancho Santa Fe Author Talk

26th March 2020 Event Postponed

The Lydiard Chronicles, a historical fiction series, is named after Lydiard Park, the St. John ancestral home in Wiltshire, England.

Hard Hat Tours

27th February 2020

Discover the vital repair works taking place inside St. Mary’s Lydiard Tregoze

The Lydiard Chronicles Lecture Tour

February and March 2020

Tales from Inside the Tower of London - Presented by the English Speaking Union of the United States