THE popular February Forum will be returning to the Heritage Centre next month. 

The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre have organised a series of lunchtime talks to be staged at the centre throughout February.

Talks are scheduled to take place on each Saturday of the month.

The first talk, entitled ‘The Arley Shopping List’, will be given by Charles Foster on February 1.  Charles, project director of Arley Hall archives, will look at the shopping habits of the Warburton family of Arley in the 18th century.

The following week, on February 8, volunteer Mary Gracie will be delivering her talk ‘Knutsford and Beyond’, using images from her collection of old Knutsford postcards. 

She will also be taking a brief look at the surrounding estates that helped make Knutsford a prosperous market town. 

On February 15, one of the Trustees of the Tabley House Collection, Sarah Webb, will be talking about her research on the Victorian period at Tabley. 

The talk, entitled ‘Jam and Magic Lanterns’, will be illustrated with excerpts from the Leicester family’s diaries, letters and photographs.

The final talk, ‘Monarchy and Dunham’, will be delivered by retired teacher Peter Braun on February 22. The volunteer speaker and tour guide at Dunham Massey will give an illustrated talk of stories and anecdotes covering the history of the house, family and royal connections.   

Talks start at 12 noon and are followed by light refreshments.  Tickets cost £7 each or book all four events for £24 and are available from Knutsford Heritage Centre.  Booking is essential as numbers are limited.