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Bob Clark, an archaeologist based at Boscombe Down will explore the political and economical decisions behind the construction of airfields
Bob Clark, an archaeologist based at Boscombe Down will explore the political and economical decisions behind the construction of airfields

Press Release - 23 January 2008

Public lectures: new lunchtime programme for Swindon

Local people will have the opportunity to learn more about Celtic spirituality, the Wiltshire countryside and the politics of airfields in the latest lunchtime public lecture series.

The lunchtime programme starts Tuesday 29 January, with a lecture about Celtic spirituality. Rosemary Power, a former academic and a minister in the Swindon Moravian Church, will explore the modern fascination about Celtic culture, its literature, art and music.

The series continues on Tuesday 26 February with This Foreign Land, a lecture about the influence of foreigners in Wiltshire over the ages. Roger Vlitos, a photographer and a ‘blow-in’, will talk about the contribution to trade, architecture and culture of migrants in the region, with a focus on ancient monuments many of them now part of the national heritage.

The phenomenon of airfields in the 20th century is the theme for the closing lunchtime lecture, presented on Wednesday 2 April. Bob Clarke will explore the political and economical decisions behind the construction of airfields with reference to the progresses in aviation during the last century. The speaker, an archaeologist based at Boscombe Down, will also show how basic concepts of landscape archaeology apply to the choice of location of modern airfields.

The lunchtime lectures run from 12.15 to 1.15pm in room 2.6 at Oakfield Campus, Swindon. Everybody is welcome and admission costs £6.50 per head with a sandwich lunch.


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