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Thursday 2nd February, Thursday 20th April, Thursday 8th June, Thursday 3rd August
7 – 8pm
£6 per talk or £20 for a series ticket
Talk series by local history experts focusing on Notable Northamptonians that have contributed to the history of our town and county.

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Beeby Thompson
Thursday 2nd February        
Speaker: Councillor Bob Purser, Secretary for the Geology Section of Northamptonshire Natural History Society
Beeby Thompson (1849-1931) was a founder member of the Northamptonshire Natural History Society, the first Principal of Northampton College of Science and Technology, and inspired Walter Crick to study science. He was Northamptonshire’s foremost geologist, curator of fossils at Northampton Museum, and prospected for oil in Peru, Angola, Brazil, and the Caribbean.

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Sir Thomas Tresham
Thursday 20th April
Speaker: Douglas Goddard, Retired History Teacher and Local Historian
Hear how prominent Northamptonshire landowner Sir Thomas Tresham was persecuted for his Catholic faith under Elizabeth I and learn the significance and symbolism of his buildings - Rothwell Market House, Rushton Triangular Lodge, which is based on The Trinity, and Lyveden New Bield, which portrays the Passion of Christ.

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Hastings Lees-Smith
Thursday 8th June
Speaker: John Buckell, Museum Research Volunteer
Northampton's “Forgotten MP”, Hastings Lees-Smith, was a Member of Parliament for Northampton from 1910 to 1918. During the First World War he served in France with the Royal Army Medical Corps, but later campaigned in Parliament and the country for peace by negotiation.

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Philip Manfield
Thursday 3rd August
Speaker: Izabela Frydrych, Museum Research Volunteer
Sir Philip Manfield was a prominent local businessman, politician and public servant whose contribution to the establishment and growth of the footwear manufacturing industry is intricately linked with the history of Northampton itself. This talk will focus on his life, his work and his legacy.

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