Our Past Meetings - normally held in June (the AGM) and October


9 June 2018 
The above image shows John Woolven-Allen and Polly Burns in the Oxford Friends Meeting House gardens on 9 June 2018
Summer meeting at the Quaker Meeting House, Oxford. 30th AGM. Talks on Ascension were presented by John Woolven-Allen who discussed Ascension’s history from his perspective as a child on the island in the 1970s and 1980s. This was followed by Polly Burns who talked on her MSc thesis examining Ascension’s changing marine environment, particularly in relation to the occurrence of sharks. This led to an interesting discussion of the audience’s experience of sharks in Ascension waters and supported Polly’s thesis that perceptions of fluctuating numbers and dangers of sharks vary considerably amongst the resident and visiting human population at any given time.  See The St Helena Connection No 24

21 October 2017
Autumn meeting at the VSC. Colin Fox/Dan Yon spoke about the new book A Bitter Draught and Andy Pearson gave a talk about his recent paper entitled Waterwitch: a warship, itsvoyage and its crew in the era of anti-slavery. See The St Helena Connection No 23

10 June 2017
Summer meeting at the Quaker Meeting House, Oxford. 29th AGM. Philip Woodworth and Matthew Woodthorpe respectively gave talks on Measuring the Tide at St Helena During the Past Two and a Half Centuries and an update on the St Helena Cultural Centre. See The St Helena Connection No 22.

22 October 2016
Autumn meeting and 28th AGM at VSC. Matthew Woodthorpe and Andrew Bell respectively gave talks entitled The St Helena Cultural Centre and A New Ship for St Helena: The Gestation of the RMS. See The St Helena Connection No 21.

9 June 2016
Summer meeting at Thames boat trip to visit and say farewell to the RMS. No talk was given. See The St Helena Connection No 20.

24 October 2015
Autumn meeting at VSC. This was the first meeting with Ian Mathieson as sole chairman. Richard Brown, John Tyrrell and Louise Hoole respectively gave talks on Atlantic Star Airlines, Napoleon and the British opposition during the captivity and a new book – Black Rock, the story of an island, an exile and an emperor. See The St Helena Connection No 19.

13 June 2015
27th AGM at Oxford University Club. Edward Baldwin, John Tyrrell, Dominic Aubrey de Vere and Joseph Curran respectively spoke about the St Helena Cultural Centre, The British Government and Napoleon: From Elba to St Helena and The Making of Napoleon (a planned film). See The St Helena Connection No 18.

11 October 2014
Autumn meeting at VSC. This was the first meeting with Ian Mathieson and Edward Baldwin as joint Chairmen. Bernard Mabbett gave a talk on entitled St Helena: The Boer Prisoner of War Camps, April 1900 – August 1902. See The St Helena Connection No 17.

7 June 2014
26th AGM at Liverpool Slavery Museum. The meeting was held so members could view the exhibition “Liberty Bound: Slavery and St Helena” and was the last to be chaired by Pamela Ward Pearce. Richard Huzzey gave a talk about St Helena and the suppression of the Atlantic slave trade. See The St Helena Connection No 16.

19 October 2013
Autumn meeting at VSC. Michael Binyon and Matthew Woodthorpe respectively gave talks entitled A View of St Helena by a Times Journalist and The Napoleonic Architectural Legacy at Longwood. See The St Helena Connection No 15.

8 June 2013
25th AGM at University Club, Oxford. Edward Baldwin gave a talk entitled Saving Jamestown’s Post Office Archives. See The St Helena Connection No 14.

27 October 2012
Autumn meeting at VSC. Nigel Kirby (DFID) provided an update on the Airport Project. See The St Helena Connection No 13.

19 May 2012
24th AGM at University Club, Oxford. Andrew Gurr and John Pinfold respectively gave talks on an ex-governor’s perspective of St Helena and on Trevor Hearl’s donation of St Helena-related material at the Rhodes House Library. See The St Helena Connection No 12.

29 October 2011
Autumn meeting at VSC. Phil Lambdon and Ian Baker respectively gave talks on the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP) to record St Helena’s vegetation and St Helena’s Geology. See The St Helena Connection No 11.

21 May 2011
23rd AGM at Kenwood House, London. Andy Pearson and Colin Fox respectively gave talks entitled The Lemon Valley Conservation Management Plan and St Helena 1782-1840: The Latter Days of Slavery. See The St Helena Connection No 10.

16 October 2010
Autumn meeting at VSC. Phillip Hicks, Martin Howard, Paul F. Brunyee and Sir Brian Unwin respectively gave talks about the refurbishment of Longwood House, the book Napoleon’s Poisoned Chalice: the Emperor and His Doctors on St Helena, the book Napoleon’s Britons and the St Helena Decision and the book Terrible Exile: the Last Days of Napoleon on St Helena. See The St Helena Connection No 9.

22 May 2010
22nd AGM at Elveden Hall. Ben Jeffs gave a talk on heritage Developments and the St Helena National Trust. See The St Helena Connection No 8.

17 October 2009
Autumn meeting at VSC. Dan Yon spoke about emigration from St Helena, 1850-1948. See The St Helena Connection No 7.

16 May 2009
21st AGM at St Clement’s Family Centre, Oxford. Andy Pearson gave a talk on Archaeological Investigations of the Liberated African Slave graves in Ruperts Valley. See The St Helena Connection No 6.

25 September 2008
Autumn meeting at VSC. Nigel Kirby (DfID) gave a talk about St Helena’s Airport Project. See The St Helena Connection No 5.

17 May 2008
20th AGM at Elveden Hall. Steve Royle gave a talk about the Early Years of the EIC at St Helena. See The St Helena Connection No 4.

20 October 2007
Autumn meeting at VSC. Andrew Gurr spoke about his vision as new Governor while Tara Pelembe gave a talk about conservation on Ascension and St Helena. See The St Helena Connection No 3.

19 May 2007
19th AGM at Great Western Railway Museum, Swindon. Led by new chairman Pamela Ward Pearce. Ian Mathieson (organiser) led tributes to Trevor Hearl. See The St Helena Connection No 2.

21 October 2006
Autumn meeting at VSC. Dan Yon gave a talk on his film “The Hundred Men”. See The St Helena Connection No 1.

13 May 2006
18th AGM at Elveden Hall,. Bob Russell MP gave a talk about the work of the All Parliamentary Group for St Helena.

15 October 2005
Autumn meeting at VSC. Ian Baker gave a talk about his book, One Man’s Island. See Wirebird No 31.

14 May 2005
17th AGM at Oxford. Clive Warren (DfID) gave a talk about St Helena, the UK Overseas Territories and the proposed airport. See Wirebird No 30.

9 October 2004
Autumn meeting at Friends House, Euston Rd, London. Geoff Shalcross gave a talk about his experiences as a purser on the RMS St Helena.

22 May 2004
16th AGM at Elveden Hall. Tours of the Hall and Elveden Estate were provided by the Earl of Iveagh. Michael Clancy (Governor Designate) gave a talk about his future role.

18 October 2003
Autumn meeting at Friends House, Euston Rd, London. Led by new chairman Guy Marriott. Julian Johnson gave a talk about the Boer Prisoners on St Helena, 1900-1902.

31 May 2003
15th AGM at CGCHE. Dale Bowers gave a talk entitled A View of St Helena.

12 October 2002
Autumn meeting at White Hart Hotel, Harrogate. Beau Rowlands gave a talk on Fernao Lopes.

29 June 2002
14th AGM at CGCHE. Mure Smith, Charles Frater and others gave a talk, slides and video on the opening of the Museum.

31 October 2001
Autumn meeting at VSC. Edward Baldwin gave a talk on St Helena entitled Defended Landscapes – an Overview of St Helena’s Historic Fortifications.

26 May 2001
13th AGM at CGCHE. Owen George gave a talk on a recent visit to the island and progress in opening the Museum.

18 October 2000
Autumn meeting at VSC. Keith Jones of Richard James International gave a talk on trading in the South Atlantic.

27 May 2000
12th AGM at CGCHE. Bob Russell MP gave a talk entitled An MP’s View of St Helena.

15 November 1999
Autumn meeting at VSC. Led by new chairman Mure Smith. Dan Yon gave a talk entitled The Hundred Men.

22 May 1999
11th AGM at CGCHE. Alan Nicholls (SHG Legal and Lands) and Cilla Thomas respectively gave talks about the St Helena Heritage Society (aims, history and activities) and the effects of television on the children of St Helena.

15 October 1998
Autumn meeting at VSC. Simon Muirhead and Angela Wigglesworth respectively gave talks on the Museum Project and a Visit to St Helena. See Wirebird No 18.

23 May 1998
10th AGM at VSC. Beau Rowlands gave a talk entitled Bird Watching Adventures in St Helena.

13 November 1997
Autumn meeting at VSC. Cathy Hopkins gave a talk her role as the SHG UK Representative.

17 May 1997
9th AGM at CGCHE. Andrew Bell gave a talk about the RMS St Helena.

27 July 1996
8th AGM at CGCHE. Basil and Barbara George (Chairman and Secretary of St Helena Heritage Society) spoke about the museum project and citizenship.

11 April 1996
8th AGM at VSC. Launch of Museum appeal. John Perrott gave a talk about his period as SHG Chief Secretary.

14 November 1995
Autumn meeting at VSC. Kenneth Bain and Simon Bannister respectively gave a talk entitled St Helena: The Island, her People & Their Ship and gave a presentation of St Helena Photographs.

20 May 1995
7th AGM at CGCHE. It was agreed to double life membership costs to 100 pounds. Corinda Essex gave a talk on talk on her recent appointment as SHG UK Representative.

8 November 1994
Autumn meeting at VSC. Dorothy Evans and Dr Paul Pearce-Kelly respectively gave talks on educational development on St Helena and progress of the St Helena working group (conservation).

21 May 1994
6th AGM at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (CGCHE). John Hopwell gave a talk entitled St Helena Time Warp (family history). See Wirebird No 10.

20 January 1994
Autumn meeting at VSC. Alan Hoole (Governor) gave a talk on St Helena and current issues. The meeting was delayed for Governor’s UK visit. See Wirebird No 9.

22 May 1993
5th AGM at EP Collier School, Reading. Brian Smith gave a talk on conserving St Helena’s cultural heritage. See Wirebird No 8.

17 October 1992
Autumn meeting at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall Harrogate. Dr Tony Charlton gave a talk on the introduction of television to St Helena.

30 May 1992
4th AGM at Church House, Leckhampton, Cheltenham. Joy George and Charles Frater respectively gave talks on the first three years of Prince Andrew School and a video (St Helena South Atlantic Ocean).

14 November 1991
Autumn meeting at Victoria Services Club (VSC). Ivy Ellick gave a talk on social services today on St Helena.

18 May 1991
3rd AGM at Marlborough Primary School, London. Mrs McClintock gave a talk on Letters from a Black Tin Box (letters of George Bingham).

17 November 1990
Autumn meeting at Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Alan Bell gave a talk on Rhodes House Library and Some St Helena Archives.

26 May 1990
2nd AGM at Commonwealth House, London. Presided over by Sir Bernard Brain MP, who spoke about the need to support the needs of the island, Dr Neil McCulloch also gave a talk about the endangered St Helena Plover, the Wirebird. See Wirebird No 2.

28 October 1989
Autumn Meeting at Calcot Hotel Reading. The idea to publish Wirebird magazine was floated by Charles Dixon. Cliff Masters Robert Deakin and Dorothy Evans respectively gave talks on Postcards of St Helena, Postal History of St Helena and a Visit to St Helena.

20 May 1989
1st AGM at Wolfson College, Cambridge. University Librarian gave a talk on St Helena items in University collection.

15 November 1988
Autumn meeting at House of Commons. Hugh Crallan gave a talk on the buildings of St Helena.

20 July 1988
Informal meeting at Kew Gardens. Quentin Cronk gave a talk on Kew and St Helena.

19 March 1988
Inaugural Meeting at St Paul and Mary College Cheltenham. The meeting adopted the Society’s constitution and elected an executive committee. No talk was given.