Talks & Meetings
Previous in Detail
Charles Waterton 'The man who rode a crocodile'
Our next public meeting and talk to be held on 13th May, will also be the last of our 2018-19 Cycle. It will be presented by Steve Ragnall, Maritime historian and author of ‘Better Conceiv’d than Described: The Life and Times of Captain James King’. This time Steve will be regaling us with the life and times of former Stonyhurst pupil Charles Waterton 1782 - 1865 ‘The Man Who Rode on a Crocodiles Back’.
Yorkshire born, Charles Waterton was educated at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire where his interest in exploration and wildlife were apparent from an early age. Other than for being ‘a man who rode on a crocodile’s back’, Waterton is chiefly remembered for his association with curare, (a drug belonging to the alkaloid family of organic compounds, derivatives of which were used in modern medicine primarily as skeletal muscle relaxants), and for his writings on natural history and conservation. David Attenborough described him as “one of the first people anywhere to recognise, not only that the natural world was of great importance, but that it needed protection as humanity made more and more demands on it”
Steve Ragnall can be relied on to give us an insightful presentation on one of the most interesting, influential, but little heard of, Victorian Natural Historians - whose formative years were developed here in the Ribble Valley.
The Archaeology of the Ribble Valley
Talk by David Johnson
Currently rescheduled for 15th September 2020
The History of Shaw Cottage Shawbridge
Talk by Barbara Alty
Note change of venue
The Old School Rooms , St Michael & St John's Parish Centre, Lowergate Clitheroe BB7 1AG