Nearby Events – Feb 2019

A monthly digest of upcoming events in our region that local residents may find interesting, and of which they may otherwise be unaware.  If you know of any others that you think are worth including, please send details to the Editor.

Friday 1st February (until 6th May) – Southampton

Leonardo da Vinci – A Life in Drawing (City Art Gallery)

To commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Royal Collection Trust has collaborated with twelve museums and galleries to stage simultaneous exhibitions of Leonardo’s drawings across the UK.

Southampton’s incredible exhibition will feature twelve of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings which reflect the full range of his practice, including anatomy, botany, engineering, and cartography. Find out more here.

Sunday 3rd February – Salisbury

Old Sarum Airfield ‘Vintage Sunday’ Event

Our popular event for vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and aircraft. Join us on the first Sunday of every month for this informal gathering. Free. Arrivals from 10am. Free landings at Old Sarum for all aircraft registered before 1960. Reduced entry (£5) to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for pilots of pre-1960 aircraft and drivers/riders of classic and vintage cars and motorbikes. On arrival, please follow the signs and look out for marshals who will direct you to a dedicated parking area. Cars and motorbikes must not enter the active airfield. Information on events at the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection can be found on Facebook page: or at

Wednesday 6th February – Romsey

South Hampshire Historical Aviation Society (SHHAS) Talk

Aviation of Hamble by a talk by Ian Underdown. All meetings 7.30 for 7.45pm start. Romsey Working Men’s Conservative Club. Non-members very welcome (£4 on the door). Contact Phil Wiltshire

Friday 8th February – Lyndhurst

New Forest Aviation Group (NFAG) Lecture

‘Horseless Carriage to Helicopter via low earth orbit’ by Dr Alisdair Wood. Visitor tickets of £4 (including light refreshments) can be obtained in advance at the venue Lyndhurst Community Centre. Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start. Any queries Contact Stephen Robson: or Mike Collo at

Wednesday 13th February – Stockbridge

Museum of Army Flying Event

RAF Middle Wallop – pre-the Army Air Corps. Join us at Stockbridge Town Hall where author, broadcaster and aviator Paul Beaver gives a talk about RAF Middle Wallop – pre-the Army Air Corps. During the Museum’s closure we will have an outreach series of lectures taking place at Stockbridge Town Hall one Wednesday of each month from November 2018 to March 2019. Space at the Town Hall is more limited than the Museum so be sure to book in advance £10 to avoid disappointment. Finding Stockbridge Town Hall, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE.


Wednesday 13th February – Winchester

Science Centre & Planetarium Lecture Series

Big computers and little galaxies by David John Williamson. What exactly does a “supercomputer” look like these days? How do astronomers use them, and what kind of results do they get? Using results from dwarf galaxies simulations performed at Southampton University, David will answer these questions and explain what they tell us about these vulnerable little galaxies, and the local universe in general. 4:30pm lecture £8/£6 and 6:30pm lecture £10/£8. Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium in Winchester, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ.


Thursday 14th February – Weybridge

Brooklands Trust Members Event

Steve Parrish’s Motorcycle Legends: Shane “Shakey” Byrne. “Shakey” Byrne has won six British Superbike Championships, the only person to win that many. He has also competed in Moto GP and the World Superbike Championship. In May 2018 he suffered a serious crash in practice at Snetterton resulting in multiple fractures to his upper body from which he is still recovering. No doubt he will be talking about that and his highly successful motor cycling career in this conversation with the inimitable Steve Parrish. Doors open 6pm – Hot food and Members Bar. Event begins at 7.30pm in the Napier Room. Parking on the Museum site outside the Paddock – enter via the Brooklands Road gate (marked JTI). Time 7:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. Members £8, Non-Members £15. To order tickets please ring 01932 857381 ext 226.

Saturday 16th February – Beaulieu

Friends of The National Motor Museum Trust Lecture

Across Africa and Beyond: The 1988 London-Sydney Vintage Rally. Paul Davies and James Wheildon had been campaigning vintage Talbot 90’s in various events from VSCC racing to a prestigious entry in the 1984 Mille Miglia. In considering how to follow on from that event they couldn’t resist entering the gruelling 1988 London to Sydney Vintage Car Endurance Trial. The pair bought a wreck of a 1930 open tourer Talbot and spent 27 months building it for the event. Organised as part of Australia’s bicentennial year celebrations, their route took them 10,000 miles overland across some of the worst terrain in the world in a 58-year-old car without back up vehicles or support network. Daunting and dangerous does not even come close! They won the event arriving in just 84 days and before the event organisers had managed to arrange the welcoming (not expecting any entrant to arrive that soon) by a route that seemed impossible. The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning on 01590 614792 or email

Thursday 21st February – Weybridge

Brooklands Trust Members Event

The Battle of Britain and Operation Sealion. A different perspective on our “Finest Hour”, the Battle of Britain. Whilst the courage, skill and sacrifice of the pilots of Fighter Command is unquestionable, were German forces in fact capable of achieving a successful seaborne invasion of Britain in 1940? Has the contribution of both the Royal Navy and Britain’s land forces (as portrayed by Dad’s Army) in preventing an invasion been underestimated by popular history? And to what lengths was the British Government prepared to go in the event on an invasion being attempted? Harry Sherrard returns to shed some light on German capabilities and British defensive measures in 1940. Doors 6pm for hot food and Members’ Bar (open to all). Event begins at 7.30pm in the Napier Room. Parking on the Museum site, entry via the Brooklands Road Gate (marked JTI) and park outside of The Paddock. Members £2, Non-Members £7. Payment on the night. To reserve your place please email or phone 07880 670359.

Wednesday 27th February – Portsmouth

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Solent Network Lecture

Invisibility Cloak via Multiscale Manipulation of Electromagnetic Waves. Professor Yang Hao, FIEEE, CEng, FIET, Dean for Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queen Mary University of London. This talk presents a review of some current work conducted at Queen Mary University of London, related to metamaterials and invisibility cloaks. I will start with the introduction of Transformation Optics, a new paradigm for EM design, providing equivalent material properties through a well-chosen change of coordinates, to achieve unprecedented wave manipulation. This is essential for the development of conformal antennas or flat optical lenses. 10:00 – Arrivals & Refreshments, 10:30 – Lecture Start, 12:00 – Lecture Finish. The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido, London Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9RP.


Wednesday 27th February – Weybridge

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Weybridge Lecture

Surrey’s small satellite revolution by Mark Ferris. Lecture 18:45 – 20:00. Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Open for non RAeS members, entrance fee £2.50. Ken Davies tel 01483 531529.


Thursday 28th February – Fareham

Royal Institute of Navigation – Solent Branch Evening Talk

“The Challenges of Navigating Flying Taxis” by Paul Rigby. Urban Air Mobility promises huge benefits but flying robots need to seamlessly integrate with airliners and helicopters. Big data and AI can be used to take a dynamic, real-time, performance-based shift to the way we currently regulate air traffic. Paul advises government on how to exploit UAS for the benefit of UK PLC and leads Consortiq, an innovative global technology company that developed CQNet, a platform to manage autonomous flights. Guests are welcome. 1800 for 1830 hrs. Held at “The Bridge” conference centre at Fareham Innovation Centre. Free car park. Refreshments will be available from 1800 hrs. Contact Graham Purchase, email tel +44 (0)20 7591 3134 Book on Eventbrite


Monday 4th March – Southampton

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) Solent RJ Mitchell Lecture

The future’s bright – the future is autonomous by Dr Alvin Wilby Vice President for Research, Technical & Innovation, of Thales UK. Thales is a World leading international company in the aerospace, space, transportation, defence and security sectors. The autonomous revolution is being empowered by many technologies and becoming a reality through the efforts of visionaries in companies from the smallest to the largest. Thales is at the centre of those technologies and Dr Wilby will present how the vision of his team and the technologies they are developing are driving our future in all domains, including aerospace. 18:00 – Drinks reception. 19:00 – Lecture starts. Turner Sims Concert Hall, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Advance registration is required at:, or by emailing: solent@aerosociety .com. Contact Chris Taylor 01489 445627 email or Mike Westby Secretary 01980 556600 email



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