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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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Extraordinary Women of West Wiltshire @ Westbury Library
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

What do the following women have in common?

  • Etheldred Benett, pioneer geologist of Norton Bavant;
  • Lady Blanche Arundell of Wardour Castle;
  • Praxell Hinwood, protesting pauper of Warminster;
  • Mary Bruce, motoring and aviation pioneer of Bradford on Avon;
  • Maria Thynne, secret bride of Longleat


Find out more about the lives of these diverse and unusual women who lived in Wiltshire from the 16th to 20th centuries at a talk by Principal Archivist,Claire Skinner illustrated with images from the archives of Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

 This thought-provoking talk, illustrated with images from the archives of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, tells us more about women such as motoring and aviation pioneer, Mary Bruce, the “protesting pauper of Warminster” Praxell Hinwood, pioneer geologist Etheldred Benett and others.

Tickets only available from Westbury Library

Tickets £3.00/£2.00 available from Westbury Library

01373 822294