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Programme for 2018-2019

1 October 2018

Lanarkshire Police Forces
Our speaker is George Barnsley who will give us an insight into the Lanarkshire Police Forces prior to their amalgamation into Strathclyde Police.
5 November 2018
Lanarkshire Yeomanry
On the 100th anniversary marking the end of WW1 and in the lead-up to Armistice Day, Campbell Thomson will talk about the formation and history of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry - a dismounted infantry regiment in the First World War. Their war culminated in the mud of the Western Front where, in October 1918, Sergeant Thomas Caldwell from Carluke won the Victoria Cross.
3 December 2018
Annual Lunch
Our venue for lunch will be Hamilton Bowling Club in Strathmore Road. Members can bring along a guest. Hopefully, as we did last year, we will welcome the attendance of South Lanarkshire Council’s Provost, Ian McAllan. As usual, the highlight of the event will be the President’s quiz.
7 January 2019
Stamps and Postcards from Hamilton
Alex Magowan will show his extensive collection of postcards and stamps relating not only to Hamilton in Lanarkshire, but various towns called Hamilton around the world. This meeting will be held in Hamilton Bowling Club in Strathmore Road, with wine and nibbles to welcome members back after the Christmas break.
4 February 2019
V.S.O. in Ethiopia
Elizabeth Buchanan, a member of Hamilton Civic Society, will tell us about her experiences in Ethiopia where she worked for Voluntary Service Overseas, an international development charity. She worked in various locations within the country and will show us a glimpse of the customs and traditions of the people there.
4 March 2019
Hamilton Photographs
How well do you know Hamilton? Local businessman John Burn will tantalise us with a broad selection of photographs taken in Hamilton, but will you guess where they were taken?
1 April 2019
AGM followed by Shop Fronts
Iain Wotherspoon, Chairman of the Strathclyde Group of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, takes a virtual stroll along the pavements of Glasgow, illustrating some of our traditional shop fronts. While Conservation Area policies insist that the tenements above shops fit the correct sash and case windows, all too often the impact of shop design at street level is ignored.

In the 2017-18 syllabus we featured a varied programme which included talks on planning and economic issues in Hamilton, how the history of cinema buildings is catalogued and recorded, how the art technique of trompe-l’oeil has played with people’s perception of buildings, the history of maps and how Lanark prepares for Lanimer Day.
The Society meets on the first Monday of the month from October to April in the Clyde Room of St John’s Church Halls, Duke Street, Hamilton (unless otherwise specified) at 7.30pm