The Plume Lecture

The Plume Lecture was established in 1975 by the Trustees of the Library, at the instigation of the Rev. Arthur Dunlop, to commemorate the life of Dr. Thomas Plume (1630 -1704) with a public lecture, held annually in the month of November. Speakers have been drawn from a wide range of disciplines, such as medicine, art, history, science and astronomy to reflect Plume’s own broad interests and the varied nature of the Library.

Plume Lecture 2017

Seventeenth-Century Saturday Kitchen,
or Hanna Woolley’s Recipes for
Queen-Like Living Every Day

A talk by

Dr Lisa Smith
Lecturer, Department of History at the University of Essex
Co-editor, The Recipes Project

Saturday 11th November 2017 at 7.30 pm 

United Reformed Church, Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4PZ.

There is no entry charge and advance booking is not necessary.

 

2016 – The Idea of a University in the Age of Thomas Plume

by Dr Richard Serjeantson, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University

2015 – The Church of England and the Home Front 1914 – 1918: Civilians, Soldiers and Religion in Wartime Colchester

Dr Robert Beaken parish priest of St Mary the Virgin, Great Bardfield and St Katharine, Little Bardfield in Essex

2014 – Cancelled

2013 – The Hidden Universe Revealed   

Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. FRS, Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy and Head, School of the Physical Sciences, University of Cambridge.

2012 – The Libraries of the National Trust

Mark Purcell, Libraries Curator, the National Trust

2011 – Censuses and surveys and the rise of the Information State, 1500-2011

Professor Edward Higgs, Graduate Director of the History Department, Director of the Centre for Historical Census and Survey Research, University of Essex

2010 – Witchcraft and Witchcraft Beliefs in England During the Lifetime of Thomas Plume, 1630-1704

Dr. Alison Rowlands, Senior lecturer in European history and Director of the Centre for Local and Regional History The University of Essex

2009 – Why do we need so many old books? The value of the Plume Library in the modern world

Dr David Pearson, Director of Libraries, Archives & Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London

2008 – “The Culture of Place-Making” – The Role of the Arts in Shaping Identity and Building Communities

Roy Clare CBE, Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

2007 – John Evelyn: Living for Ingenuity

Gillian Darley

2006 – By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London

Adrian Tinniswood

2005 – Time Team St. Osyth Revisited: Documents and Buildings

Dr Christopher Thornton and Brenda Watkin

2004 – The Two Pepys

Claire Tomalin

2003 – Nautical tales from the archives: exploration and charting in the 16th and 17th centuries

Sarah Tyacke, Chief Executive of the National Archives

2002 – Mad about Travel

Michael Palin

2001 – Survival in Solitude

Terry Waite

2000 – No Lecture.

1999 – The Radical Tradition

Rt Hon. Tony Benn, M.P.

1998 – The 17th Century Time Machine: antiquarians and the discovery of the past

Professor Graham Parry

1997 – The Essex World of Thomas Plume

John Walter, Director of the Local History Centre, University of Essex

1996 – Robert Boyle and the Origins of Modern Science

Professor M. Hunter, Birkbeck College

1995 – Painting in Britain in Thomas Plume’s Day

Professor L. Herrmann

1994 – The Excavations at the Roman Town Heybridge

M. Atkinson

1993 – A Peculiar Collection: the Library of Westminster Abbey

Dr Tony Trowles, Librarian

1992 – 3rd Lord Rayleigh, Victorian Scientific Genius

B. Gruhn & A. Humphrey

1991 – To the Edge of the Universe

Professor A. Boksenberg, Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory

1990 – Dr Plume & the World of Collecting

Frank Herrmann

1989 – Medical Practice in 17th & 18th Century Essex

Dr M. Neave

1988 – If Books could speak: Tales of the Old Town Library

Dr J. Blatchly, Librarian, Ipswich Town Library

1987 – Behind the Scenes at the BBC

Derek Robinson, BBC Engineering Information Department

1986 – Thomas Hooker: Father of American Democracy

Revd Deryck Collingwood

1985 – Pepys the Collector

R. Latham, Librarian, Pepys Library

1984 – The World of Books

Miss Christina Foyle

1983 – Exploring the Universe

Professor James Ring, Imperial College

1982 – Honey & Wormwood: the voice from the Pulpit in Dr Plume’s Day

V. Gray, Essex County Archivist

1981 – The Intentions of Thomas Plume

Dr W. J. Petchey

1980 – Dr Plume’s World of Science

Dr Ludmilla Jordonova, Essex University

1979 – Facts at your Fingertips

John Laidlaw, Librarian, Post Office Research Centre

1978 – Life without Gravity – Man’s Future in Space

Dr Heinz Wolff

1977 – Aircraft, Birdflight & Radar

Sir Eric Eastwoood

1976 – Stars & the Universe

Professor Martin Rees, Plumian Professor

1975 – Radio Waves

George Millington, FRS