During the spring and summer, the RHS takes advantage of the better weather to visit sites of historic interest.  During the winter months, the RHS meets on the first Monday of the month (except for January, when it is the second) at the Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road, Hill Ridware.

When Ridware History Society was established in 1990, it met at the Chadwick Arms, Hill Ridware. Meetings then moved to the Bull & Spectacles in Blithbury, before going to the Coach & Horses in Abbots Bromley. It seems appropriate that we are now returning to Ridware, for this new phase in our history.

Below is a list of events planned.  This schedule is, of course, subject to change at any time, so check for updates. 


Winter Programme 2018-19

1st October 2018


Extraordinary General Members Meeting to discuss appointing a treasurer, followed by

Bob White: History of the Worshipful Company of Smiths of Lichfield

Bob is a past Master of the Worshipful Company and his talk will cover the chequered history from 1601 to the present.  The Worshipful Company of Smiths of the City of Lichfield is an ancient guild company and was originally made up of Goldsmiths, Cardmakers, Ironmongers, Pewterers, Braziers, Plumbers, Cutlers, Nailors and Spurriers.


5th November 2018

Sylvia Baddeley: Millicent, Fourth Duchess of Sutherland
Sylvia is a Trustee of the Trentham Estate and a lecturer at Staffordshire University Stoke on Trent and has a passionate interest in and knowledge of, the life and work of Millicent Sutherland Leveson Gower, fourth Duchess of Sutherland, who lived in Trentham Hall. In August 1914 she travelled to France, joined the Red Cross, begged for nurses and a doctor from Guy’s Hospital in London, and then set up a hospital for wounded soldiers in Namur in Belgium.

3rd December 2018


7th January 2019

We will be treated to a Magic Lantern Show by Peter Spencer followed by our Christmas BuffetThe Magic Lantern is part of the marvellous world of optical projection. Formed in 1977, the Magic Lantern Society’s interests cover all forms of visual media and optical diversions right up into the 21st century and these interests are reflected in the Society's activities.

Peter will provide a brief history of the lantern with artefacts, followed by a show in costume.
(Partaking of the buffet is optional but, if you wish to, booking is essential.  Contact Helen Sharp (01543490873) or helensharp80@hotmail.com)

AGM followed by

Bob Pritchard on Richard III, Monster or Not?
Bob is a member of the Richard III Society and has been researching Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth for the past 25 years. He also has a great interest in heraldry and has embroidered most, if not all, of the coats of arms of the lords, earls and noble families connected to the Battle. He will bring some of these to show us.

4th February 2019

Dr. Andrew Sargent: Lichfield and the Cult of its Patron Saint, St Chad. 

Andrew has a Master of Arts in European Historical Archaeology and now lectures at Keele University. He is also part of the team working on the Victoria County History of Staffordshire. His talk will explore the early medieval history and archaeology of the diocese of Lichfield and the cult of its patron saint, St Chad. 

4th March 2019

Emily Ireson: The Fashion Secrets of the St Nicholas Church Plaques

Emily has a Master of Arts in Dress and Textile Histories and is now part of the management team for Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.
We have all looked at the beautiful and ornate plaques in the St Nicholas Church, but have we ever studied them closely? Join fashion historian Emily Ireson as she sheds light on the fashions of the times of the Mavesyn and Cawarden families of 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and how they relate to the plaques we know and love.



  Membership £7.50 per annum. Non-members are welcome. £2 per visit

Meet in Hill Ridware Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road WS15 3RJ.

7.30pm for 8pm start. Licensed bar and tea/coffee available


For information on how to join please contact

Phil White 01543 491407 or Meryl Mattey; 01543 490650














Make a free website with Yola