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VCH Shropshire Annual Lecture

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River Histories: exploring the past on the Severn and Wye.

Britain’s major rivers have a rich heritage that remains under-appreciated. This year’s lecture by Dr. Richard Hayman explores some of the ways that rivers have played an important part in our history, with special emphasis on the Wye and Severn. Focusing mainly their ‘soft power’, the lecture will describe the symbolic importance of their source in the Welsh mountains, how the Severn became a symbol for the nation, why rivers drew hermits to the water's edge, and how rivers have played a crucial role in human conflict.

  • The venue will be open from 1.30pm, with Meeting to begin at 2.00pm.
  • Tea will then be served.
  • Lecture to commence at 3.00pm and expected to finish by 5.00pm.
  • A donation of £5 for this event would be gratefully received to cover the cost of refreshments and advance the work of VCH in the county.
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