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A brief outline of our next talks:

Friday 17 November:  Ancient Troy - a three way look

presented by Ray Aspden

We all know about the Trojan War; How handsome Paris, son of the king of Troy, abducted the young, beautiful, (and apparantly willing) Helen, wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. The Greeks mustered 1000 ships and tens of thousands of soldiers for a 10 year seige to recover her. Not everyone lived happily ever after!

That is the fake news!

Perhaps there was a war at Troy, we cannot be certain. Nothing documented from around 1,200 BC, but plenty of archeology.

Recent archeological excavations and advances in Hittite studies have confirmed that Wilusa (Ilios) caused historic strife between mainland Achaeans (which became the ancient Greeks) and the western vassals of Imperial Hatti.  

This well illustrated talk will explore current thoughts about the literature, archaeology and history of what ancient poets saw as the site of the most famous conflict of the Ancient World. 

Ray Aspden is an expert on the world of ancient Greece and neighbouring areas and leads archeological study tours to the region.


Friday 15 December:  The Way We Were

presented by Members of our Research Group

Journey back through time to the Bidford High Street of a hundred years ago and see how it has changed since the early part of the 20th century


With the aid of Rodney Crompton’s photograph collection, see the High Street as it was and contrast it with photographs of today, as Rodney Crompton and Bob Marshall remember the Bidford of old.