Markfield Local History Group meetings

The Group usually meets on the evening of the second Tuesday of alternate months, either in the rooms behind the Methodist Church on Main Street, or out and about 'on location'.  

Church Hall meetings usually include a guest speaker presenting a topic of interest, followed by refreshments and a short group business and planning discussion. Meetings are open to members and non-members alike. Non-members are usually asked to pay £3 per meeting, which includes light refreshments.


Tuesday 18 September: 

Trouble and Strife, the early years of state education in Markfield and four neighbouring Charnwood parishes, by Michael Ball.

Drawing on the Headteachers' log books, Michael will show the struggle for hearts and minds by the teachers in the early years of state education. The extent of truancy was substantial, including by the local farming community many of whom were themselves members of the School Board. Secondly  the children's parents, particularly framework knitters, would think it fair game to keep children at home seaming hose on Fridays prior to delivery to the hosier. Michael will also give a brief overview  in the years prior to the Elementary Education Act 1870 (which introduced compulsory education for children aged 5-13); and ask the question how literate were Markfield folk in times past, before the coming of state education.

7.30 pm in the Schoolroom behind the Methodist Church on Main Street.


Tuesday 20 November:

Historic medicine in Markfield, by Tony Wood.

More details to follow.