Friends of the Museum of Somerset Annual Lecture – 23rd October at 7.30pm

The Friends of the Museum of Somerset are proud to announce that, following the highly successful inaugural event last year, their second Annual Lecture will be taking place on Tuesday 23rd October at 7.30pm in the Great Hall of the Museum

The title is “I Will Not Call Them a Mob – Magistrates, Bread Riots and the Gallows in Early Nineteenth Century Somerset”.

2 nooses greysteve poole Steve Poole

We are delighted to be welcoming back to Taunton as guest speaker, Steve Poole who, on his previous visit, delighted The Friends with his dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking delivery. Steve is Professor of History & Heritage at the University of the West of England & Director of Regional History Centre, UWE

In a world without professional policing, the maintenance of public order often depended as much on the negotiating skills of local magistrates as it did the hard application of the law. But negotiating with a rioting mob was never going to be easy and magistrates were put firmly to the test when food rioting spread throughout the South West in the Spring of 1801. How did things get so out of hand in Somerset that two men ended up being hanged for their trouble at Taunton in that year? The lecture will dig deeply into the events surrounding the execution and suggest some answers.

Tickets £12.00 – BOOKING ADVISABLE: