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Events and Talks
2023 -2024

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William Herschel

the King’s Astronomer and a key founder of the science today

3pm Thursday 2nd November 
at The Old Court, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor
A W&ES Talk by Charles Draper – Chairman at William Herschel Society
William Herschel came from Hannover to England to make his living as a musician in the 1750s, but William’s interests were turning to astronomy, and he used his practical skills to make fine telescopes and plan observations.

In 1781 he discovered the planet Uranus, which brought him international fame. In 1782 he became the King’s (paid) Astronomer, contingent on moving closer to the Court, so the family moved to Datchet, then Old Windsor, and finally Slough in 1786.

The Herschel’s story is an important part of the history of Science. What can and cannot be seen today where they lived and worked is a story in itself!”

The Cockpit, Eton

3pm Thursday 7th December 2023

at The Old Court, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor

A talk by Roger Lines

Roger, an Eton resident, purchased the Cockpit and his Windsor based company Structural Repairs are currently restoring this 14c building to it’s former glory

A view of the complex roof structure during the renovation 

The Royal Photographic Collection
with Alessandro Nasini

Senior Curator of Photographs explores the Royal Photographic Collection

3pm, Thursday 11th January 2024

The Old Court, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor

Life as Constable & Governor of Windsor Castle.

A W&ES talk by

Lt Gen (Retd) Phil Jones CB CBE DL 

Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle

3 pm, Thursday 1st February

at The Old Court, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor

Phil Jones, our President and newly appointed Governor of Windsor Castle, served for 36 years in the British Army, with three secondments to the United Nations and two to NATO; he retired from the Army as a Lieutenant General. He has operational experience gained from most of the major military campaigns of the past 30 years including over 3 years in Afghanistan; most recently he was Chief of Staff of NATO’s Allied Command for Transformation. His particular areas of interest are: multinational strategy and international operations, security strategy, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, governance, stabilisation and peace building.

In May 2022 Philip was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to be Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle where he now lives with his wife Denise. Phil and Denise have two grown-up children: Emily and Tobias.

The Five Coronations of the RSN

with Dr Susan Kay-Williams

7pm , Wednesday 6th March 2024
ZOOM meeting


Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework and author of The Story of Colour in Textiles, is based at Hampton Court Palace

Susan is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit, education and arts sector. RSN Curator and Archivist. Experienced speaker in arts and craft, textiles, colour history, embroidery; has given workshops and lectures in Japan, Taiwan, China, Germany, USA, Canada and UK.
Author of The Story of Colour in Textiles and currently researching19th century colour developments. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Fellow of the Society of Dyers and Colourists.

“A night to remember – Highlands & Islands Air Ambulance”

A ZOOM talk with Alan Clare 

7pm Zoom  – Wednesday 3rd April 2024  

Alan left the Royal Air Force as a Wing Commander specializing in Air Traffic Control. His experience covers expertise in air traffic management, operations (both air traffic control and air defence), policy, safety management and system procurement. 
Alan became a Rotarian in 2006 and has been President of the Ascot Club twice and an Assistant District Governor for 5 years,  and is currently working on a project supporting the Ministry of Defence.

2023 – 2024

The events team are currently arranging further talks for the future, and we will post them on this website as soon as the speakers have confirmed dates.

In the meantime we wish everyone a safe and healthy summer.