Events Archive

The Ladies of Lydiard; who will you vote for?

8th June 2021 Event Postponed

Local historian and writer Frances Bevan in conversation with author Nicola Cornick to celebrate the launch of Frances’s new book ‘The Ladies of Lydiard’.

Garden Visiting: A Very British Tradition

18th May 2021

Horticulturalist and garden historian Margie Hoffnung takes a light-hearted look at the many aspects of gardens through the ages which might tempt people to visit them

Historic Heroines 4: Margaret Beaufort; power, preferment and family protection

20th April 2021

Medieval historian Dr Lynda Pidgeon explores the relationship between King Henry VII’s devoted mother Margaret and members of her extended family; a care for her blood relations which sometimes conflicted with concern for her son.

‘Empty Corridors’; Lydiard House as you’ve never seen it

16th March 2021

Explore the abandoned State Rooms and servants' quarters with former Keeper of Lydiard House and Park, Sarah Finch-Crisp. Drawing on rare photographs and the words and voices of post war occupants, discover the lost world of a mansion in decay.

‘Love at Lydiard’; in celebration of Valentine’s Day

16th February Event Postponed

Nicola Cornick, archivist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association, discusses the Georgian love story of Frederick St John and Arabella Craven. From the ballrooms of London to piracy on the high seas, Frederick and Arabella’s story encompasses all the adventure, glamour and scandal of the Georgian age.

‘From Manor House to Stately Home’; transformation and reputation

19th January

Conservation Architect Michael Gray explores the radical remodelling of Lydiard House in the 18th Century, the family tensions that accompanied it and how the old medieval manor house can still be traced within the Palladian mansion we know today.

Members Christmas Party

Thursday 17th December

Relax, raise a glass and enjoy a convivial Lydiard themed party programme specially devised to blow away the Covid blues.

Historic Heroines 3 - Lady Ann St. John Wilmot: Spymistress to Charles II

8th September 2020

Author Elizabeth St. John travels to Cromwell’s Commonwealth as Anne St.John Wilmot, Lady Rochester, secretly conspires with the Sealed Knot to restore King Charles to England’s throne.

Historic Heroines 2 - Lady Diana Beauclerk: 18th Century Artist and Divorcee

11th August 2020

Author Nicola Cornick looks at the life and work of Lady Diana Beauclerk and considers how the time she spent living at Lydiard House influenced her art.

Historic Heroines 1 - The Lady of the Tower: A story of the Keeper's Wife

14th July 2020

Author Elizabeth St.John brings a new perspective to one of the world’s most famous castles and prisons – The Tower of London and her ancestress Lucy St. John.

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