The branch were treated to a richly illustrated talk from our own secretary William Walford. The subject was the village of Irnham and the Luttrell Psalter. William explained the history of Irnham and its relation to Sir Geoffrey Luttrell III, commissioner of the Luttrell Psalter, who became estate owner in the 14th century. Sir Geoffrey commissioned the Psalter to expedite his sins, though it is not known what they were. William informed the audience about St Andrew’s church, Irnham Hall and Thimbleby’s Almshouses. Complete with photographs, William led the audience through the village buildings, their history and architecture. William also explained the history of the The Psalter itself, compiled by Dominican monks, and decoded its bright illuminations to depict a year in village life. With much participation from the audience, this lively talk was enjoyed by all as we marveled in the images of the Psalter.
Our next meeting takes place this Thursday evening, when Dr. Lawrence Goldman of St. Peter’s College, Oxford, will be speaking on the subject ‘Rewriting British History: The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Northampton’s place in it’. Dr. Goldman is a specialist in British 19th-century intellectual history and has been editor of the DNB since 2004.
This is a joint meeting with the Friends of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and will be held at the Central Museum in Guildhall Road, Northampton, at the earlier than usual time of 6.30 p.m. Doors will open at six o’clock for refreshments (tea and coffee). Car parking is available in the St. John’s multi-storey car park at the bottom of Guildhall Road, although at that hour there may be some on-street parking available in the town centre