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Cabot’s First Voyage by Evan Jones @ Methodist Church
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Everyone has heard of John Cabot; some may know that he was actually a Venetian called Giovanni Caboto.  Some may even know that he set out on his voyages of discovery from just down the road in Bristol under the commission of Henry VII . But do you know much else about him?





Dr Evan Jones is a specialist in medieval maritime history and is an internationally renowned expert on Cabot and he will be our guide for this talk.

Dr Jones is one of the principals behind the Cabot Project at Bristol University an international collaborative project which began in 2009 and is till uncovering information about Cabot, Bristol & the voyages.

he is a co-author of Cabot and Bristol’s Age of Discovery: The Bristol Discovery Voyages 1480-1508 (University of Bristol, 23 Nov 2016), ISBN 0995619301, 104 pp., £11.99. For more information: see the book’s webpage.


Tickets are available here but you can also pay on the door on the night.  Members’ tickets only available on the door.

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Julian Orbach talks about Pevsner’s Buildings of England @ Methodist Church
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come along and find out more about the historic buildings of Westbury in the company of renowned architectural historian Julian Orbach.

Julian, who was architectural adviser to the Victorian Society in 1975-7 and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain, is currently revising the Wiltshire volume of Pevsner’s Buildings of England.

Westbury Heritage Society is pleased to be able to present this rare opportunity to find out more and to celebrate the history of our town.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s (CBE FBA) 46 volume guide The Buildings of England, are classic companions for history and architecture students – so familiar that they are just referred to as Pevsners. Pevsner, who was a founding member of the Victorian Society, was knighted for his services to art and architecture. He died in 1983 and is buried in Wiltshire, at Clyffe Pypard.

This talk  will be given by architectural historian Julian Orbach who has already updated Penvsner’s volume on South & West Somerset and is now working on the Wiltshire volume. Julian will tell us about the work and the buildings in Westbury that were of most interest to Pevsner. It should be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in Wiltshire’ architectural history and those who have used any of Pevsner’s “building bibles”.

Julian Orbach is an author and lecturer in architectural history. A graduate in History and Italian from Magdalen College Oxford, Julian has worked in the field of historic buildings ever since. He was architectural adviser to the Victorian Society in 1975-7 and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain, published in 1987. He worked on the listing of historic buildings in England until he moved to Wales in 1987 where he was similarly employed by Cadw. While in Wales he co-wrote three Welsh titles in The Buildings of Wales series, then in 2009 moved to Somerset to revise Pevsner’s volume on South and West Somerset in the Buildings of England series. He lives with his partner in Bradford-on Avon, having moved there in June 2014 to begin revising the Wiltshire volume of Pevnser’s the Buildings of England series.

This event is organised in conjunction with Westbury Heritage Society

The society is open to anyone with an interest in the the history of Westbury and membership is available from £8 per annum.

Tickets for this event are also available on the door as well as here.  Members’ tickets £1 are ONLY available on the door.

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