Following the very successful series of lectures held by Orford Museum in the wonderful setting of Butley Priory, we are delighted to announce something rather different.
On Friday, 24 November 2023 Chanter’s Jigge, a group of musicians who specialise in playing music from all around Europe on traditional and modern instruments, is coming to the Priory to present an evening of carols, tunes and festive readings designed to get you into the mood for Christmas. Tickets are selling fast but we still have a few places left. The evening will start at 6.00pm and mulled wine will be served during the interval. Tickets cost £16 for Friends of Orford Museum and £18 for non-Friends.
On Tuesday, 6 February 2024, David Warren will give a talk entitled A Personal 60-year Journey on Orford Ness. David will explain his connection with Orford Ness, from when he spent four years there as a Scientific Assistant, going on to become a National Trust volunteer Ranger and, later, an independent military researcher. His long-lasting affinity with the Ness increased during his time spent at Aldermaston.
As a volunteer, David led a National Trust programme to find and record the memories of Orford Ness ‘Veterans’. The facts and memories shared by 55 Vets motivated him and other volunteers to work on acquiring and adding new information to that already published by the National Trust. David’s talk will include an overview of the vast range of military technologies that were carried out on the Ness, together with an explanation of the various projects newly discovered by independent researchers – now branded as IRGON.
It will also demonstrate IRGON’s use of CGI intended to give the public ‘virtual tours’ of the Ness and the interior of its many iconic structures. Analysis of the Vets’ recordings by a Framlingham-born, Canadian Sociology Professor in his academic work on ‘Secrecy’ will be explained, as will the boost given to research by AWE Aldermaston supplying 850 declassified files.
The exhibition in some of the Museum’s display cases in Orford Castle of Celtic artefacts loaned to us by a local collector has drawn much attention and praise. We are hoping, therefore, to extend it to two further cases and to leave it in place until the spring. If you haven’t already seen it, do go – it is quite beautiful.
Friends of Orford Museum have free entry to Orford Castle so if you would like to join the Friends, you will find details of how to do so on our website together with much else about Orford Museum, its history, publications and activities.