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ALHA/BGAS: Day Conference on Handel Cossham, 13 April 2024 at Thornbury

A day conference will be held to mark the bi-centenary of the birth of Handel Cossham (1824-1890), celebrated local mine owner, philanthropist, educationalist and politician, who also left money for the founding of the Memorial Hospital which bears his name.

Venue: Turnberries Conference Centre, Thornbury, BS35 2BB.

Saturday 13 April 2024, 10 am to 4.30 pm.

Cost £15.00 per person.

Booking via Eventbrite or the ALHA website, or by post to William Evans, 5 Parry’s Grove, Bristol BS9 1TT.

Provisional Programme

9.45 am: Opening of conference by Chairman.

10 am: Handel Cossham: family and early life; mines overview (David Hardwick, S Gloucestershire Mines Research Group).

10.35 am: Handel Cossham, mining and geology (Steve Grudgings, SCMRG).

11.10 am: Coffee (extended break for those wishing to visit library exhibition nearby).

11.55 am: Handel Cossham and the British Schools (Terry Ransome and William Evans).

12.30 pm: Lunch.

1.30 pm: Handel Cossham and the temperance movement (Alan Clarke).

2.05 pm: Handel Cossham: His public and political life (John Stevens).

2.40 pm: Tea.

2.55 pm: The Cossham Hospital (Michael Whitfield, former lecturer in General Practice and medical historian).

3.30 pm: Questions and panel discussion.

4 pm: Chairman’s closing remarks.

4.15 pm: Close of conference.

John Stevens