Lectures & Gatherings

Greetings once again at the beginning of a new Wessex season! All presentations are given at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute, Ridge Road, St. John’s, at 8:00 pm, on the second Wednesday of each month. Lectures are free and open to the general public. A small membership fee of $5.00 annually helps defray expenses and provides us with a list of email addresses and contact information for easy communication. Members are encouraged to invite friends and relatives and especially anyone visiting from around or outside the province.


A schedule of lectures for 2017-2018 follows:

11 October 2017
Speaker: Dr. Michael Deal, Archaeology Dept, MUN
Topic: “Newfoundlander Aviators of World War I”
Abstract: Nearly nine thousand Newfoundlanders volunteered for military service during the First World War, primarily with the Newfoundland Regiment, the Royal Naval Reserve, and the Newfoundland Forestry Corps, but a few individuals also served in the fledgling Allied air forces. The combined experiences of these airmen give us a glimpse into Newfoundland's contribution to the air war of World War I.

08 November 2017
Speaker: Jenny Higgins, Researcher/Writer, NL Heritage
Topic: “Women in the First World War: Roles on the Home Front and Front Lines ”

13 December 2017
Topic: “Canon George Earle”, a video by David Quinton, followed by Christmas music/sing-a-long.

10 January 2018
Speaker: Dr. Alex Marland, Dept. of Political Science, MUN
Topic: The Democratic Cookbook

14 February 2018
Speaker: Dr. Anna Kearney Guigne, Folklorist and Adjunct Professor, MUN
Topic: “Fortify My Glass and Sing Me a Tender Tune: Newman's Port Wine and the Shaping of the English Song Tradition on Newfoundland's South Coast”

14 March 2018
Speaker: Cabot Martin
Topic: “The Welsh Heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador”

11 April 2018
Speaker: Dr. James Hiller, Historian, Emeritus Professor, Memorial University
Topic: "Robert Bond - is his reputation merited?"