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Welcome to the Hythe Civic Society Talks programme for 2023/24

The programme is always varied and we try to include  something of interest for everyone. We are always looking for new speakers so please let us know if you know of somebody you could recommend.

All talks are on Tuesdays 

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Entrance: members £3 non-members £5 - visitors are very welcome. 

Hythe Bay Church of England Primary School 

Cinque Ports Avenue



SEPTEMBER 12th 2023


WENDY FRASER: A Visit to Florence

To start our talks programme this year, we invite you all to join us for a glass of wine at 6.45pm. A chance to meet up with other members after the summer break, chat to your chairman and committee and meet and welcome new members.

Our speaker will start at the usual time of 7.30pm.

October 10th 2023

CHRISTOPH BULL: The one that got away


The story of a German POW escape from Kent in 1915and his journey from China via America to Gravesend.

November 14th 2023


Richard Holme: King Charles’ model village Poundbury

This talk discusses The King’s views on architecture, town planning, his urban extensions of Poundbury and the more recent Nansledan in Cornwall

January 9th 2024



The history and eventual downfall of this remarkable dynasty.

‘Appointed by God and responsible only to God’
The Romanovs ruled Russia for 300 years

February 13th 2024


Dr HUBERT PRAGNELL: Christopher Wren

Mathematician, Astronomer and Founder of the Royal Society,
but it was in the field of architecture that he left the greatest mark.
Following the Fire of London in 1666 he was appointed
Surveyor of the King’s Works, a post he held until 1717.

March 12th 2024


Andrew Ashton: Kill or Cure

'Kill or Cure' takes a look at 200 years of popular remedies... Quack Medicines and Cure Alls, their effectiveness and some of the highly dangerous ingredients often used.


April 9th 2024


IMOGEN CORRIGAN: The Hazards of the Journey

Pilgrimages in the Middle Ages.

What possessed people to trudge hundreds of miles,
in appalling conditions, sometimes perishing on the way?
From spiritual wandering to religious tourism.
Who was travelling and why?


May 14th 2024


GUY BARTLETT: The Vulcan Bomber

The Vulcan, designed to drop a nuclear payload,
held the record for the longest bombing mission in history.
This talk explores all aspect of the aircraft,
including why every Vulcan carried a rat?


June 11th 2024


ROY PORTER (An English Heritage speaker):
The Richborough Roman Fort

One of the most significant Roman sites in Britain.
Witness to the earliest days of the Roman invasion of 43AD.

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