Meetings and workshops

Programme of autumn-winter-spring indoor meetings

Our autumn-winter-spring meetings offers lectures and discussions on vernacular building recording topics. All are designed to be both entertaining and educational.

If you are not already a WBSG member, you will be welcome as a guest. The fee for guests is £5.

Unless stated otherwise, meetings are at Wivelsfield Church Hall, Church Lane, RH17 7RD. Church Lane is on the left off the A2112, north of the Baldocks Renault garage roundabout. The car park is on the left next to the church, and the hall is further up on the right.

We have currently suspended our physical Meetings, but are aiming to resume them as soon as possible in 2021. In the meantime we are arranging online talks via Zoom. If you want to register for one of these talks, please use the 'Contact' tab at the top. The Zoom invite will be sent to registered attendees a few days prior to the talk.

7pm Monday 14th June 2021

Nick Hill -  'The 12th century aisled hall of Leicester Castle' 

A recent programme of research, accompanied by archaeological excavation and dendrochronology, has confirmed the Great Hall of Leicester Castle as the earliest known standing aisled hall in Britain, now tree-ring dated to 1137–62. It was built for Earl Robert II of Leicester, one of the greatest magnates of the period, probably in the 1150s when he was at the height of his powers. Nick Hill lives in Leicestershire and has been recording and researching historic buildings in the surrounding area for over 30 years. He is a chartered building surveyor and Treasurer of the Vernacular Architecture Group.  A particular area of research and publication in recent years has been medieval halls and chamber blocks. He also works as a Project Manager with Historic England, coordinating repair projects such as Apethorpe Hall in Northamptonshire and Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

There is no cost for WBSG members attending these talks.

The Winter Talks are also open to the Public, at a cost of £5