History Talks Day

We have three talks on offer

The Black Magic of John Aubrey

A talk by Tony McAleavy - 11:00am to 12:30pm

John Aubrey (1626- 1697) came from Kington St Michael near Malmesbury and wrote pioneering works of biography, archaeology, geology and local history. Aubrey also had a dark secret. He was a wizard who used black magic to summon demons and carry out a sinister form of witchcraft.

This topic is covered in Tony's latest book "The Last Witch Craze", which was recently referenced in an article by the History Correspondent of The Times.

“To Fly like the Birds”

A talk by Bill Reed - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

How Elmer’s flight was re-enacted. A Talk by award-winning Bill Reed of Athelstan Museum

Malmesbury & 20th Century Aviation

A Talk by Charles Vernon - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

The story of proposals for the town's own airfield and those built nearby. How the danger of air raids led to the black out in both World Wars and the extent of local bomb damage. The exploits of some aviators who came from the town and the tragedy of local aircraft accidents.


You can choose to attend one, two or all three talks as follows:

One Talk

Two Talks

All Three Talks



Event Properties

Event Date Sat 27-Aug
Event End Date Sat 27-Aug
Location The Julia and Hans Rausing Building (formerly Moravian Church)
Categories Talks and Interest