On Friday 23rd November 2018 The Wincanton and District Museum and History Society, held a very interesting talk by Phillip Scholfield, entitled “Paul Maze, the Last of the Impressionists”.
Phillip Schofield had first come across this remarkable man whilst a schoolboy – finding Paul Maze’s book in the school library. This led to a lifelong interest in his paintings, and his life.
In this issue:
- Historical Talks
- Latest Acquisitions
- Research Projects
- Other Somerset Museums
- Military Matters
Nigel introduced John to the Town Council who were all given a leaflet summarising Bioletti’s life and they both spoke of how publicising Bioletti and John’s book Surviving Napoleon could make a positive effect on Wincanton the wider his remarkable story is known. The possibility of getting a Blue Plaque for his home in the High Street was raised and the response of the council who have been given a copy of the book to circulate amongst them, seemed very positive and the Town Clerk, Ms Sam Atherton also spoke of the stream of Bioletti descendants who have already been visiting Wincanton to see where he lived and to get a copy of the book. Both John and Nigel felt the meeting had gone very well.
Count Chalrles de Salis has for many years had a special interest in researching the life and times of Napoleon so it will be fascinating to hear from him about what happened in 1789 and how that led to the rise of Napoleon. This should be a particularly interesting talk. Continue reading
John’s book on Alberto Bioletti is now out and can be bought at Papertrees or on Amazon. Details: Surviving Napoleon by John J Baxter £9.99.
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Passing through on his way to London in 1688 William of Orange, future joint sovereign with his wife Mary, spent the night with the Churchey family at their manor house home “The Dogs” in South Street. Continue reading
On Friday 26th May 2017, to an audience of around 25 people, Gill D’Arcy gave her third, and final talk, on her life in Wincanton. Entitled Bringing my Life up-to-date, Continue reading
On 30th June 2017 Tony Goddard gave a very interesting talk to the Wincanton Museum and History Society in the Memorial Hall, entitled Wincanton Soldiers at Passchendaele. Continue reading
31st March 2017
We had an excellent turnout of some 60 members and visitors to the Wincanton Museum and History Society talk given by Mike Beale, tyhe extremely well informed and dedicated member of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust. Continue reading