Category Archives: Talks

Mr Grahame Hague — Sheffield & Tinsley Canal – History & Evolution. 24th October

Graham took us on a jour­ney from the canal basin all the way to Tinsley where before the Sheffield arm was built the canal ended; largely because the Duke of Rutland was pro­tect­ing his own interests. Through some lovely old pic­tures, he traced the emer­gence of the canal and its basin to a thriv­ing ter­minus for goods coming into Sheffield. Unlike many other canals this one did not imme­di­ately close when the rail­ways emerged and con­tin­ued to see goods unloaded right up to the 1970’s. Full of facts for Graham is clearly a mine of inform­a­tion!

Prof Mick Perkins – Speech, Language and Communication

Prof Mick Perkins 17 Oct 11 Brilliantly delivered with excel­lent real examples, a fas­cin­at­ing talk about the sci­ence of lin­guist­ics – par­tic­u­larly in the clin­ical sphere. Mick proved that what we say is not always what we mean, and fur­ther that the way we speak is as much a short­hand for assess­ment of each other as our first visual impres­sion – if not more so. How we speak and what we say, and the way we say it, tells a story. Dialects often gen­er­ate pre­con­cep­tions – no matter how hard we work against them.

Nah den dee –t’were a grand do!

Martyn Johnson — Metal Detecting. (

Martyn Johnson, one time Attercliffe bobby and now his­tor­ian and metal detec­t­or­ist took us back in time through some splen­did arte­facts he has found over the years. His enthu­si­asm for his sub­ject came across undi­luted and we shared a lovely hour with him. A Darfield lad, born and bred not far from Barnsley, and still living there. He fin­ished by show­ing us” Dees Dahs” a Roman Dinar – how appro­pri­ate!

Peter Jackson.

Frank Kindom Ward, Last of the Great Plant Hunters. Mr. Ralph Millward.

We had an inter­est­ing talk from Ralph Millward whose interest in Rhododendrons led him to research and follow the path of one Frank Kingdom Ward who was a bot­an­ist. He went on around 25 exped­i­tions over a period of nearly fifty years, explor­ing Tibet, North Western China, Burma (Myanmar) and Assam (now part of North Eastern India).

His per­sonal trip took some 4 weeks and his slides of this part of the world were splen­did. Not too many Latin names of the plants he found and thus the story had a pretty good bal­ance.

Plenty of ques­tions and Vince gave a vote of thanks.

Peter Jackson.