Saturday, December 15, 2012

Society Events for 2013 at the Richard Jefferies Museum

held at the Richard Jefferies Museum
Sat 2 March*   Joint meeting with the Friends of Alfred Williams. This year it is the Society’s turn to host the gathering. Select a short extract to read to others by or about Richard Jefferies or Alfred Williams or just come along to listen.
Sat 6 April*     Simon Coleman talk – ‘The London experience and how it affected Richard Jefferies.’       
Sat 11 May*    Ray (Badger) Walker will talk about his personal friendship with “BB”.
Sat 27 July      A Study Day. Jefferies’ Museum: 10.30am-4.30pm. Theme: Food and drink in Jefferies’ world.
Sat 2 Nov         AGM and Birthday Lecture. 10.30-4.30pm
* Meetings begin at 2.00pm in the Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon, SN3 6AA. Doors open at 1.00pm – an opportunity to look around the Museum. Park free at Coate Water, only 5 minutes walk away. Those with a disability can park at the Museum; space is limited – when the ground is firm there is plenty of room. Parking is also available in Dayhouse Lane and at the Sun Inn. Meetings are open to the public and free to attend.
From Swindon town centre (Fleming Way), there are several bus services that stop next to Coate Water roundabout. These include: Monday to Saturday - daytime: Numbers 13, 14, and 20.
The Museum is also open to the general public on the second Wednesday of the month from 10am to 4pm. From May to end of September, it is also open Sundays 2-5pm.


Friday, October 05, 2012

Richard Jefferies Society Birthday Lecture 3rd November

Richard Jefferies was born on 6th November 1848. Each year the Richard Jefferies Society celebrate his birth with a Lecture as part of the Annual General Meeting.  This year Rebecca Welshman from the University of Exeter will speak on the subject of "Imagining Archaeology: nature and landscape in the work of Richard Jefferies."

The details are as follows:

Monday, July 16, 2012



SATURDAY 28th July 2012, 

Whether it was the agricultural labourer, shepherd, gamekeeper, tenant farmer or other worker, Richard Jefferies had much to say about their life and toil. The study day will explore Jefferies’ descriptions of the working man and woman and what conclusions we might draw about Jefferies’ views as he matured.

10.30 Doors open and refreshments.
11.00 Welcome and introductions by the Chairman.
11.15 Select a relevant piece of Jefferies’ writing or about Jefferies on the subject of the working man or woman to read to others. See notes.*
1.00-2.30 Lunch break. Bring a packed lunch or eat at the Sun Inn next door. RJS publications and second-hand books on sale. Opportunity to look around the Museum.
2.30 Prof. Roger Ebbatson will talk briefly about ‘Women in the Fields’.
Andrew Rossabi will address: The Labour Question. Did Jefferies’ views change about the agricultural labourer or did he write to suit his audience?
3.45 Refreshments.
4.15 Depart.

* Notes
Extracts selected for reading should be no more than about 5 minutes long. The choice of material is endless. The obvious sources for study include:
The Gamekeeper at Home
The Life of the Fields
Toilers of the Field
Landscape and Labour
Hodge and his Masters
Richard Jefferies: An Anthology by Matthews and Welshman.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gilbert White's Selborne


Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate
2pm • 12 May • Free! But please book via or 01793 783040

PETER BAINBRIDGE on Selborne: Gilbert White, Richard Jefferies, and others

Pioneering English naturalist Gilbert White (1720 – 1793) believed in identifying birds by observation rather than by collecting specimens. Following in this tradition of respect for nature, ‘local man’ Richard Jefferies (1848 – 1887) was invited to write the preface to the 1887 edition of White’s Selborne.

Owner of more than fifty editions of Selborne, Peter Bainbridge is a member of the Richard Jefferies Society.
The Museum will be open from 1pm, affording an opportunity for Festival-goers to learn more about Swindon’s best-known writer. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saving Kennicott’s Grove: successful conservation at an American Coate

Richard Jefferies Society Public Meeting

Sat 14 April 2012 - 2pm. Doors open 1pm for anyone wishing to visit the Museum

Richard Jefferies Museum, Marloborough Road, Coate SN3 6AA

Professor Eric Jones will talk about the American pioneering naturalist Robert Kennicott (1835-1866). Lecture entitled: ‘Saving Kennicott’s Grove: successful conservation at an American Coate’.    

Admission free. Park at Coate Water Country Park.        

Housing estate for Jefferies' Countryside at Coate

The Secretary of State has given Redrow Homes and Persimmon Homes planning permission to build nearly 900 houses, offices, industrial units, shops and a school on the countryside at Coate beloved by Richard Jefferies. 

Shame on him.