Victorian Fayre

William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet.

Saturday 24th February 2018

Public Lectures and Readings

William Barnes’s Lectures and Poetry Readings at Working Men’s Institutes and Adult Classes 1851-1880

There was no Literary and Scientific Institute in Dorchester but Barnes was co-founder and secretary of the Dorset County Museum. He programmed lectures balanced between Literary and Science for the 51/52 season to take place at the venue.

1851

  • Weymouth Literary and Scientific Institute - Anglo Saxons, Founding of the English Kingdom
  • Dorchester - Light and Heat

1852

  • Sturminster Literary and Scientific Institute - Anglo Saxons and the Founding of the English Kingdom

1853

  • Dorchester - Gold and Social Wealth

1855

  • Blandford - Anglo Saxons

1856

  • Wareham - Glimpses of the Saxons in England, especially in Dorset
  • Wimborne - Glimpses of the Saxons in England, especially in Dorset
  • Corfe Castle - Literature
  • Dorchester - Ancient Britons I and Ancient Britons II

1857

  • Dorchester Town Hall Working Men’s Mutual Improvement Society - Chairing a debate on ‘Dreams Clairvoyance’ Presented to William Barnes a silver pencil case with the inscription.
  • Sherborne - Ancient Britons
  • Sturminster - Ancient Britons
  • Corfe Castle - The Atmosphere
  • Dorchester - Debate on Dreams
  • Wareham - The Atmosphere
  • Dorchester - Labour ad Gold
  • Dorchester - The Beautiful and Art

1858

  • Wareham - The Beautiful and Art
  • Poole - Ancient Britain and the Britons
  • Sherborne - The Beautiful and Art
  • Mere - The Beautiful and Art
  • Weymouth - The Beautiful and Art
  • Dorchester - Labour and Gold
  • Wimborne - Labour and Gold
  • Dorchester - Dorset Poems

1859

  • Corfe Castle - Dorset Poems
  • Blandford - Crown Hotel The Beautiful and Good in Nature and Art
  • Wareham - Dorset Poems
  • Mere - National School Dorset Poems
  • Shaftesbury - Dorset Dialect and Poems
  • Poole - Dorset Dialect and Poems
  • Sherborne - Ancient Poems
  • Bridport - Lecture on Literature
  • Dorchester - Dorset Poems
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems
  • Portland - Labour and Gold
  • Maiden Newton - Dorset Poems

1860

  • Blandford - Literature and Dorset Poems
  • Sherborne - Dorset Dialect
  • Wimborne - Literature
  • Maiden Newton - Literature
  • Weymouth - Readings in the Vernacular
  • Warminster - Readings in the Vernacular

1861

  • Sherborne - Labour and Gold
  • Bridport - Dorset Poems
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems
  • Wimborne - Labour and Gold
  • Blandford - Ancient Briton
  • Salisbury - Dorset Dialect
  • Shaftesbury - Dorset Poems
  • Mere - Dorset Poems

1862

  • Sherborne - The Rise and Progress of Trial by Jury in England
  • Mere - The Rise and Progress of Trial by Jury in England
  • Shaftesbury - The Rise and Progress of Trial by Jury in England
  • Bridport - Literature
  • Blandford - Literature
  • Warminster - Dorset Dialect
  • Weymouth - Origin, Progress and Benefits of Trial by Jury in England
  • Frome - Western English Dialects
  • Sherborne - Dorset Poems
  • Devizes - Western English Dialects
  • Romsey - Dialect
  • Bridport - Dorset Poems

1863

  • Shaftesbury - Dorset Poems
  • Trowbridge - Dialect
  • Poyntinhton - Dorset Poems
  • Frome - Lectures
  • Salisbury - Lectures
  • Dorchester - Preaching at St Peters Church Nov 15th 1863
  • Buckland Newton - Dorset Poems
  • Glanville Wootton - Dorset Poems
  • London, Somerset House - Lecture to the Philological Society
  • Blandford - Dorset Poems

1864

  • Shaftesbury - Language
  • Bristol - YMCA Dialects
  • Trowbridge - The Western English People
  • Christchurch - Dorset Poems
  • Romsey - Dorset Poems
  • Sturminster - The Western English People
  • Wareham - Literature
  • Swanage, Mowlem Institute - Dorset Poems
  • Sherborne - The House and House Life
  • Lymington - Western English Speech
  • Allington - Literature
  • Bridport - Dorset Poems
  • Frome - The House and House Life
  • Wellington - South Western English Dialects
  • Dorchester - The House and House Life
  • Lyndhurst - Dorset Poems
  • Romey - Dorset Poems
  • Blandford - Lecture

1865

  • Crewkerne - Lecture
  • Shaftesbury - Lecture
  • Portland - South-Western English People
  • Dorchester , Dorset County Museum - Dorset Poems
  • Lymington - South-Western English People
  • Allington - The House and House Life
  • Bristol YMCA - Dorset Poems
  • Yeovil - Dorset Poems
  • Buckland Newton - Dorset Poems
  • Dorchester - Christian Marriage

1866

  • Crewkerne - House and House Life
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems
  • Southampton, Hartley Institute - Lecture
  • Fisherton, Mr Handley’s Schoolroom - Poems
  • Dorchester, Corn Exchange - Dorset Poem To The Militia Men
  • Dorchester - Dorset Poem To The Militia Men
  • Marlborough - Dorset Poems
  • Crewkerne - Pickings from my notebook
  • Blandford - Pickings from my notebook
  • Sturminster Newton - Random Notes
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems

1867

  • Dorchester, Corn Exchange - Poetry Reading To The Militia Men
  • Yeovil - Arts and Manners
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems
  • Crewkerne - Notes on Arts, Manner and Welfare
  • Ringwood - The Old Speech and People of the West of England
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems
  • Dorchester - Poetry Reading at the opening of the new Corn Exchange, 19th December 

1868

  • Somerton Town Hall - Dorset Poems Penny Readings
  • Langport - Dorset Poems Penny Readings
  • Wimborne St Giles - Dorset Poems
  • Puddletown - Dorset Poems and Penny Readings
  • Henstridge - Dorset Poems
  • Dorchester - Chairman at George Grossmith’s ‘Humorous lecture on lecturing’
  • Bridport -  Literature
  • Sherborne - Literature
  • Mere - Literature
  • Bournemouth - West of England Dialects
  • Crewkerne - Literature
  • Fisherton - Literature
  • Downton - Literature
  • Symondsbury - Literature
  • Symondbury - Literature
  • Bridport - The English Language

1869

  • Stalbridge - Rise, Changes and Present State of the English Language
  • Powerstock - Dorset Poems
  • Bridport - Dorset Poems
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems
  • Winterborne Monkton - Dorset Poems
  • Beaminster - Dorset Poems
  • Sherborne - The English Language
  • Weymouth - The English Language
  • Salisbury - Dorset Poems
  • Wareham YMCA - The English Tongue
  • Wareham YMCA - Dorset Poems
  • Dorchester Corn Exchange - Poetry Readings to the Malitia
  • Weston Super Mere - Dorset Poems
  • Weymouth - Reading in the Vernacular
  • Weymouth - Dorset Poems
  • Poole Mechanical Institute
  • Sherborne - Early England
  • Bournemouth - Early England

1870

  • Leigh - Dorset Poems
  • Shaftesbury - The Language Manners and Customs and our Forefathers
  • Gillingham - West English People and their Folk Speech
  • Sherborne - Report on Education
  • Tisbury - Dorset Poems
  • Ansty, Hilton Reading Room - Dorset Poems
  • Houghton - Dorset Poems
  • Buckland Newton - Dorset Poems
  • Crerwkerne
  • Bridport - Dorset Poems
  • Symonsbury
  • Romsey
  • Broadlands
  • Chard
  • Wokingham - Wellington College Dorset Poems

1871

  • Chard - West Country People and their Folk Speech
  • Chard - How Are Words Are Made
  • Sherborne - Dorset Poems
  • Piddletrenthide - Dorset Poems
  • Longbridge Deveril - Dorset Poems
  • Warminster - Dorset Poems
  • Longleat
  • Crewkerne - How Our Words Are Made
  • Ansty - Labour and Gold
  • Frome
  • Langport
  • Weymouth

1874

  • Crewkerne
  • Sturminster
  • Broadwey - Dorset Poems

1875

  • Childe Oakford - Dorset Poems
  • Trowbridge - Dorset Poems
  • Dorchester - Main Speaker at the pubic meeting on the Burial Bill, 15th November
  • Osmington

1876

  • Tisbury - Dorset Poems

1877

  • Fordington School - Dorset Poems

1878

  • Shaftesbury - The Dorset Dialect

1879

  • SherborneMacCready Institute - Poems

1880

  • Wimborne - Paper read to the Field Club on Eggardon

 

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Victorian Fayre William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet. Saturday 24th February 2018
What’s the point of William Barnes in 21st Century? For the many years of the dominance of Received Pronunciation (RP) it was easy to see William Barnes as an irrelevant eccentric. With more recent developments in linguistics, and a growing interest in national and regional diversity, it may be time for Barnes to reclaim his place as a significant figure in the world!! Dr Richard Bradbury will also discuss his more socially engaged prose works. Tuesday 27th March 2018
Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave Sunday 22nd April 2018
The Serpent and it’s Local Connections Come an listen to musician, Philip Humphries talk on the history and development of the strange bass wind instrument known as the 'Serpent' due to its curious shape. This talk will be interspersed with music and poetry. Tuesday 15th May 2018

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Come, so’s, an’ buy at Fancy Feäir Traditional Victorian Fayre, a William Barnes Society Fund-Raising event to celebrate the life of William Barnes, Dorset dialect poet Monday 19th February 2018
William Barnes and My Father Sam Jeffrey has very kindly donated The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 1 in Dorset Dialect and The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 2 in National English to the Society. Sunday 28th January 2018
John Blackmore captivates Society members Following the recent William Barnes Society Annual General Meeting, John Blackmore presented 'Music and Song' to the audience. Sunday 15th October 2017
Service of Remembrance to William Barnes On Sunday 8h October 2017 10:30am, at St Peter’s Church, Dorchester, the Morning Service to commemorate the anniversary of the death of William Barnes took place. It was followed by a wreath laying at the statute. Monday 9th October 2017

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